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The Shores Around Us; A Book By John R. Gillis

The Shores Around Us:

A book by © John R. Gillis


Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

“The shore is the original home of humankind and has been host to many of our species most spectacular accomplishments. Unfortunately, people today no longer know how to live with the shore, for current coastal engineering constitutes a threat not only to nature but humanity. It pits land against water and degrades the environment.

This book of essays places shores in a long historical perspective, but also points the way to public policies friendly to both land and water.

The essays in this volume are mostly new and constitute a supplement to my global history, The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History. They are inspired by the work of Rachel Carson, who was the first to alert us to the importance of shores in human evolution.

The book aims to join natural and human history together by demonstrating how inseparable are humanity and the shores around us..”

About the author:

John R. Gillis is the author of The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History, Islands of the Mind, A World of their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, and Commemorations. He is Professor History Emeritus at Rutgers University and now divides his time between two coasts: Northern California and Maine.

Book available now at: Amazon.com


2nd Preview : Lessons From The Sand ; A Book By Charles O. Pilkey & Orrin H. Pilkey

Lessons From The Sand:

Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On A Carolina Beach

A book by by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey

Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.


Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press

Ever wonder where sand comes from? Or why shells are colored differently? Or how to estimate the size of a wave? Featuring more than forty fun hands-on activities for families with children, Lessons from the Sand reveals the science behind the amazing natural wonders found on the beaches of North Carolina and South Carolina.

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Easy-to-do experiments will help parents and kids discover the ways water, wind, sand, plants, animals, and people interact to shape the constantly changing beaches we love to visit…

“Although the geographic emphasis is on North and South Carolina beaches, most of the activities can be carried out on any ocean beach in the world. Lessons from the Sand is written by a father and son and is rooted in good science.

The activities explain how beaches work — providing the key to protecting them for future generations. The book not only will provide fun for families but many activities can be the basis for more advanced class projects and term papers.

This $19 paperback is available for pre-order from The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press. The book will be released on April 25, 2016.”

About the Authors:

Charles O. Pilkey is an artist and writer living in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University and coauthor of How to Read a North Carolina Beach.


Now In Preview:

Activity 10: “Beach Erosion” And Activity 14: “Barking Sand”

These activities are excerpted from Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach; by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Copyright © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.
Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.
Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press
Used by permission of the publisher.


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To order and for more information please contact: UNC Press


See First Preview – Activity 1: “Wave Height” And Activity 4: “Longshore Currents”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Lessons From The Sand ; By Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey

Lessons From The Sand:

Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On A Carolina Beach

A book by by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey

Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.


Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press

Ever wonder where sand comes from? Or why shells are colored differently? Or how to estimate the size of a wave? Featuring more than forty fun hands-on activities for families with children, Lessons from the Sand reveals the science behind the amazing natural wonders found on the beaches of North Carolina and South Carolina.

lessons-from-the-sand-260-jacket

Easy-to-do experiments will help parents and kids discover the ways water, wind, sand, plants, animals, and people interact to shape the constantly changing beaches we love to visit…

“Although the geographic emphasis is on North and South Carolina beaches, most of the activities can be carried out on any ocean beach in the world. Lessons from the Sand is written by a father and son and is rooted in good science.

The activities explain how beaches work — providing the key to protecting them for future generations. The book not only will provide fun for families but many activities can be the basis for more advanced class projects and term papers.

This $19 paperback is available for pre-order from The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press. The book will be released on April 25, 2016.”

About the Authors:

Charles O. Pilkey is an artist and writer living in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Duke University and coauthor of How to Read a North Carolina Beach.


In preview:

Activity 1: “Wave Height” And Activity 4: “Longshore Currents”

These activities are excerpted from Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach; by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Copyright © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.
Illustrations © 2016 by Charles O. Pilkey.
Published by The University Of North Carolina Press – UNC Press
Used by permission of the publisher.


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To order and for more information please contact: UNC Press

In Preview – Activity 10: “Beach Erosion” And Activity 14: “Barking Sand”
These activities are excerpted from “Lessons From The Sand: Family-Friendly Science You Can Do On a Carolina Beach” a book by Charles O. Pilkey and Orrin H. Pilkey.

Walking in Rachel Carson’s Footsteps

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Photo source: USGS

Excerpts;

The ability to weave together poetry and science is today something of a lost art. Yet there was a time when the two were nearly inextricable from each other.

Today, Rachel Carson is best known by most people for her fourth and most-famous book Silent Spring, which many credit as the spark that ignited the modern-day environmental movement. But long before Silent Spring was a twinkle in her mind’s eye, Carson had published a series of books about the sea that stand beside the likes of Thoreau’s Walden and Burroughs’ Signs and Seasons, taking their place as some of the most important American nature writing.

The genius of Carson’s writing was the ability to weave together enchanting literary prose with cutting edge marine biology of the day. This was new…

Read Full Article, Coastal Review

“Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores” A book by Patrick Barkham

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Sunset at the coast near Bamburgh Castle, England. Captions and Photo source: ©© Norbert Rupp

Excerpts;

“It is often said that Britain is a maritime nation but, writes Patrick Barkham in his new biography of the British shore, we might be more accurately described as “a coastal nation, happiest when looking seaward”.

Examining our enduring love of the seaside, Coastlines addresses themes of childhood, passion, war, industrialism, art and faith, and the ways in which each has coloured perceptions of the shore…”

Read Full Article, “Coastlines review – accessible and poignant,” Guardian UK

Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores, Book Review; Independent UK
Patrick Barkham is interested in the way the coast functions as a place of liberation, deviance, and wildness. As Barkham reminds us, Britons at home are never far from that sound. At 10,800 miles, our shoreline is longer than that of India, and our furthest inland point is only 70 miles from the coast…

Coastlines: The Story of Our Shores, The Book On Amazon
Told through a series of walks beside the sea, this is a story of the most beautiful 742 miles of coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: their rocks, plants and animals, their views, walks and history, and the people who have made their lives within sight of the waves…

And Now for Some Good News About Climate Change

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

In his new book, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching For Solutions To The Climate Change Crisis, best-selling Australian author Tim Flannery counsels cautious optimism by showing how the millions of small actions taken by individuals are driving down oil consumption and points out how new “Third Way” carbon-capture technologies promise to reduce emissions and create massive economic opportunities…

Read Full Article, National Geographic

In Retrospect: Between Pacific Tides

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Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

Aaron Hirsh celebrates the 75th anniversary of the marine-biology classic by Ed Ricketts, the bohemian scientist who inspired John Steinbeck.

“To get a sense of Ricketts, we can look to the Steinbeck hero who comes closest to being straight biography. Doc, from the 1945 novella Cannery Row, dresses like a vagrant but talks like a prophet. In mind and body alike, zealous appetites are balanced by overflowing generosity. He recites with equal verve the spiritual verse of eighth-century Chinese poet Li Po and the mysterious properties of marine invertebrates.

A number of writers have observed that what made Between Pacific Tides revolutionary was that its organization is ecological rather than taxonomic: it categorizes animals according to habitat, not phylum or family.

The book begins at the uppermost zone where a flood tide’s waves barely splash our shoes. And the first creatures we encounter there are the ones we really would notice: the familiar things… And so it goes in each zone, as Ricketts leads us deeper into the intertidal: common to rare; familiar to exotic; obvious to hidden…”

Read Full Article, Nature

World’s Beaches Being Washed Away Due to Coastal Development

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The Last Beach is an urgent call to save the world’s beaches while there is still time…

Excerpts;

The world’s beaches are being washed away as coastal developments increase in size and engineers build ever higher sea walls to defend against fierce winter storms and rising sea levels, according to two of the worlds’ leading marine geologists, Andrew Cooper, professor of coastal studies at the University of Ulster, and Orrin Pilkey, professor of earth and ocean sciences at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Pilkey and Cooper say in a new book, The Last Beach, that sea walls, which are widely believed by many local authorities to protect developments from erosion and sea level rise, in fact lead to the destruction of beaches and sea defences and require constant rebuilding at increasing cost…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Learn More: “The Last Beach,” A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper