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Pick of the Month

Life in the Cold

Monday, November 3, 2008

My favorite nature books are the ones that describe nature through experimental science. Peter Marchand certainly does that. “Life in the Cold”, along with its companion book, “Autumn” take us on a fascinating journey explaining how living organisms are able to survive frigid temperatures. I highly recommend this book to all who love nature in the winter.

Here is the Amazon Product Description for this book:

Peter Marchand believes that winter is unfairly misunderstood, a season associated with "stillness, darkness, and death." Yet as each spring affirms, living things somehow manage to reappear. Since 1987, when the first edition appeared and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the year's 101 Best Sci-Tech Books, Marchand has been treating thousands of readers to a winter world that is very much alive. Now in this enlarged third edition, he offers a brand new chapter adding complete information on three major animal groups: northern cervids (deer, elk, moose, and caribou); semiaquatic mammals (beaver, otter, mink, and muskrat); and gallinaceous birds (grouse and ptarmigan). Experts and novices alike will find Life in the Cold indispensable and enjoyable.




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