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Rain : a natural and cultural history / by Cynthia Barnett.


Cynthia Barnett's "Rain "begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science--the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains--with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. As climate change upends rai nfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world.

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  • ISBN: 0804137099
  • ISBN: 9780804137119
  • ISBN: 0804137110
  • ISBN: 9780804137096
  • Physical Description: 355 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Origins -- Elemental rain. Cloudy with a chance of civilization ; Drought, deluge, and devilry ; Praying for rain -- Chance of rain. Weather watchers ; Articles of rain -- American rain. Founding forecaster ; Rain follows the plow ; Rainmakers -- Capturing the rain. Writers on the storm ; Scent of rain ; City -- Mercurial rain. Strange rain ; And the forecast calls for change -- Waiting for rain.
Subject: Rain and rainfall.
Rainfall anomalies.
Physical geography.
Climatic changes.
Earth sciences.

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