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From flying hot-blooded squirrels and diminutive kinglets to sleeping black bears and torpid turtles to frozen insects and frogs, the animal kingdom relies on staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who alter the environment to accommodate physicallimitations, most animals are adapted to an amazing range of conditions. In Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, biologist, illustrator, and award-winning author Bernd Heinrich explores his local woods, where he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there.
Because winter drastically affects the mostelemental component of all life -- water -- radical changes in a creature's physiology and behavior must take place to match the demands of the environment. Some creatures survive by developing antifreeze; others must remain in constant motion to maintain their high body temperatures. Even if animals can avoid freezing to death, they must still manage to find food in a time of scarcity, or store it from a time of plenty.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's delicate drawings and infused by his inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival awakens thewonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.Biographie de l'auteur :
The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.
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Description du livre Ecco, 2003. Etat : New. book. N° de réf. du vendeur M0060197447
Description du livre Ecco, 2003. Hardcover. Etat : New. 1. N° de réf. du vendeur DADAX0060197447
Description du livre HarperCollins, New York, 2003. Hardcover. Etat : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. (illustrations by the author) (illustrateur). First Edition, Second Printing. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. Illustrated, 362pp. The evolutionary adaptations to physiology and behavior that enable animals to survive cold weather, examined by the noted naturalist and writer, and focusing on the woods of Maine and Vermont where he does his research. Illustrations by the author. Bibliography. First Edition, Second Printing. Cloth. New/New. Illus. by (illustrations by the author). 8vo. N° de réf. du vendeur 008868
Description du livre Ecco, 2003. Hardcover. Etat : New. Never used!. N° de réf. du vendeur P110060197447
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