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Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

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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Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Publish Date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 368
ISBN-13: 9780804137096
ISBN-10: 0804137099
Language: English

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Blending science and history—and a dedication to the environment—Cynthia Barnett’s Rain traces the evolution of one of the most common, precious and sometimes destructive forces in nature. Beginning with the primordial showers that created oceans and nurtured life, and moving through time to today’s altered weather patterns, Barnett brings a documentary approach to her subject, revealing mankind’s abiding fascination with, prayers for--and fear of--rain. 

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