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Books to open your eyes to the natural world.
Our Ice Is Vanishing / Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq

Our Ice Is Vanishing / Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq

A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
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The launch of Our Ice is Vanishing was Canada's most northernmost!
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The Once and Future Great Lakes Country

The Once and Future Great Lakes Country

An Ecological History
edition:eBook
tagged : north america

North America's Great Lakes country has experienced centuries of upheaval. Its landscapes are utterly changed from what they were five hundred years ago. The region's superabundant fish and wildlife and its magnificent forests and prairies astonished European newcomers who called it an earthly paradise but then ushered in an era of disease, warfare, resource depletion, and land development that transformed it forever.

The Once and Future Great Lakes Country is a history of environmental change i …

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Tod Inlet

Tod Inlet

A Healing Place
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Shortlisted for the 2016 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize.

 

Tod Inlet has been a place of refuge for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, but few are aware of its history. This tiny fjord, less than a half hour from downtown Victoria, is part of Gowlland Tod Provincial Park and is accessed by a forested path beside Tod Creek. For centuries it was the home of the WSÁNEc (Saanich) people, providing everything for their spiritual and material sustenance. In the early part of the twentieth centur …

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Beautiful Destruction

Beautiful Destruction

by (photographer) Louis Helbig
edition:Hardcover

The Alberta oil/tar sands are a place of superlatives, of awesome beauty and equally awesome destruction. They are a kaleidoscope of contrasts, colours and patterns keeping time with the seemingly unstoppable movement of machinery, smoke and effluent set in an immense boreal landscape with its own immutable patterns, cadence and cycles.

Beautiful Destruction is a large-format, high-quality photography book that uses over 230 stunning, full-colour aerial photographs to transcend the polarities tha …

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An Altar in the Wilderness

An Altar in the Wilderness

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Father Kaleeg Hainsworth, an Eastern Orthodox priest with a lifetime of experience in the Canadian wilderness, grounds this manifesto in the literary, philosophical, mystical and historical teachings of the spiritual masters of both East and West, outlining the human experience of the sacred in nature.

The spiritual ecology described here is fully engaged with the wilderness beyond our backyards; it is an ecology which takes in nature as “red in tooth and claw” and offers a way forward in the …

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Journeys Through Eastern Old-Growth Forests

Journeys Through Eastern Old-Growth Forests

A narrative guide
edition:Paperback
tagged : trees

Yes, there is old-growth forest in the Maritimes. The Acadian Forest, as it is known, is a complex mosaic of various species and ages. Now left only in pockets scattered here and there, these forests will stop you in your tracks, invite your gaze upward, and fill you with wonder. This book begins with a collection of stories about journeys into these old forests, and ends with detailed profiles of 16 of the remaining pockets of old-growth forest in the Maritimes: nine in Nova Scotia, three in Ne …

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Seashore Life of Eastern Canada

Seashore Life of Eastern Canada

A Guide to Identifying Intertidal Marine Species
edition:Paperback
tagged : marine life

A field guide to over 80 of the most common species—including shells, crabs, seaweed, anemones, sea stars, and urchins—found in the Eastern Canadian intertidal zone. Seashore Life of Eastern Canada provides plenty of information for beachcombers to use as they explore the ocean shore. Each writeup includes an introduction that defines the intertidal zone where the species can be found and provides information about its habitat and appearance. Easy-to-use symbols and detailed colour photograp …

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Icebergs of Newfoundland and Labrador
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Some “secrets”:
- “Growlers,” or small iceberg pieces less than five metres at the waterline, get their name from the sound they make when they plunge into the water when oscillating in sea swells.
- Icebergs have sheltered vessels in storms, towed sailing ships against the wind, and cleared paths in sea ice for mariners.
- A secret Second World War program, named Habbakuk, was a plan to manufacture icebergs for use as aircraftcarriers
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