Download e-book for kindle: Boundary Layer: Exploring the Genius Between Worlds by Kem Luther

By Kem Luther

ISBN-10: 0870718444

ISBN-13: 9780870718441

In atmospheric technology, a boundary layer is the band of air nearest the floor. within the Pacific Northwest, the boundary layer teems with lichens, mosses, ferns, fungi, and diminutive crops. It’s an alternative, neglected universe whose denizens writer Kem Luther calls the stegnon, the terrestrial similar of oceanic plankton.

In Boundary Layer, Luther takes a voyage of discovery during the stegnon, exploring the existence types that thrive there and introducing readers to the scientists who research them. With a prepared ear for dialog and a mind for salient element, the writer brings a bunch of characters to lifestyles, humans as designated and exciting because the species inhabiting the stegnon.

A pair of park staff on a windswept seashore exhibits how the violent conflict of sea and land creates a sandy domestic for many of the world’s such a lot endangered crops, together with the almost-extinct red sand-verbena. knowledgeable on mosses, as ingenuous because the crops he loves, leads the writer up a mountain and right into a sphagnum bog.  A husband and spouse workforce, exiled through brutal repression within the wake of the Prague Spring, introduce eu plant sociology to North America.  A scientist, whereas revolutionizing the examine of lichens, hides himself, hermitlike, within one of many greatest park reserves within the American West.

An exhilarating mixture of traditional background, botanical exploration, and philosophical hypothesis, Boundary Layer courses readers, in any case, into the author’s personal panorama of metaphor. it will likely be welcomed by way of naturalists, botanists, outside adventurers, and a person who savors strong storytelling. Luther interprets into luminous prose what boundary areas need to say, not just concerning the in-between locations of nature, but additionally concerning the conceptual borderlands that lie among species and ecosystems, tradition and nature, technological know-how and the humanities.

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