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By William Bryant Logan

The writer of Dirt and Oak brings to lifestyles this fastest, so much maintaining, such a lot communicative part of the earth.

Air sustains the residing. each creature breathes to dwell, replacing and altering the ambience. Water and dirt spin and upward thrust, make clouds and fall back, fertilizing the airborne dirt and dust. Twenty thousand fungal spores and part one million micro organism commute in a sq. foot of summer season air. The chemical feel of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn’s understanding of its mother’s breast―all ensue within the medium of air.

lack of information of the air is expensive. The artist Eva Hesse died of breathing in her fiberglass medium. millions have been sickened after 9-11 by way of supposedly “safe” air. The African Sahel suffers drought partly simply because we fill the air with commercial dusts. With the passionate narrative kind and wide-ranging erudition that experience made William Bryant Logan’s paintings a touchstone for nature enthusiasts and environmentalists, Air is―like the contents of a bag of seaborne dirt that Darwin gathered aboard the Beagle―a treasure trove of discovery. 25 illustrations

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Air: The Restless Shaper of the World

The writer of airborne dirt and dust and Oak brings to existence this fastest, such a lot maintaining, such a lot communicative portion of the earth. Air sustains the dwelling. each creature breathes to dwell, replacing and altering the ambience. Water and dirt spin and upward push, make clouds and fall back, fertilizing the dust. Twenty thousand fungal spores and part 1000000 micro organism shuttle in a sq. foot of summer season air.

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The higher you go in the air, the less there is of it, but it never actually ends. About halfway from the earth to the moon—say, a hundred thousand miles aloft—one molecule of the air may meet another only every week or so, and the solar wind is as likely to send that molecule into interplanetary space as back down toward the earth. Still, there is just a touch of the air even way up there. Almost all the moving fluid of the air, however, is found within sixty miles of the earth’s surface. If you had the right car and a road that went straight up, no traffic and no stoplights, you could drive there in under an hour.

Almost every one of the approximately forty-five thousand known species of ascomycetes sends its spores through the air, often firing them from fleshy cannons. There has perhaps never been a book at once so arcane and so delightful as British Ascomycetes.  ,” we read, as part of one of the several-thousand exhaustive descriptions of species. ” But the back of the book is stuffed full of color plates, showing the fruiting body in detail and sometimes in cross section, often growing on whatever it feeds on.

As the storm hit, Aline Levakis was driving. The couple had just passed Jewel Avenue. The sky was green, the rain driving, and the air full of leaves, twigs, and debris. She had to pull over. At that moment, a large branch tore loose from an overhanging tree. It landed on the car, crushing the driver’s side of the passenger compartment. Billy Levakis, only slightly wounded, held his wife’s hand as she died. They had changed seats only ten minutes before. For Brandon Smith, the weather was a problem that he had solved admirably.

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