How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea

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The Experiment, Aug 23, 2016 - Nature - 400 pages
A New York Times Bestseller
A Forbes Top 10 Conservation and Environment Book of 2016


Read the sea like a Viking and interpret ponds like a Polynesian—with a little help from the “natural navigator”!
 
In his eye-opening books The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs and The Natural Navigator, Tristan Gooley helped readers reconnect with nature by finding direction from the trees, stars, clouds, and more. Now, he turns his attention to our most abundant—yet perhaps least understood—resource.
 
Distilled from his far-flung adventures—sailing solo across the Atlantic, navigating with Omani tribespeople, canoeing in Borneo, and walking in his own backyard—Gooley shares hundreds of techniques in How to Read Water. Readers will:
 
  • Find north using puddles
  • Forecast the weather from waves
  • Decode the colors of ponds
  • Spot dangerous water in the dark
  • Decipher wave patterns on beaches, and more!
 

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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

This is a good book about water and the environment it functions in this world. Beaches, rivers, coastlines, tides ,sailing, currents, and the exploration and peopling of Pacific Island are among the ... Read full review

How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea

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In this enthusiastic, if esoteric, volume, Gooley (The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs), a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Institute of Navigation, diagnoses humans with a lack ... Read full review

Contents

An Introduction
1
1 Launching
14
2 How to See the Pacific in a Pond
23
3 Land Ripples
37
4 The NotSoHumble Puddle
48
5 Rivers and Streams
64
6 The Rise
94
7 The Lake
115
14 The Beach
243
15 Currents and Tides
266
16 Water at Night
296
17 Shipwatching
320
18 Rare and Extraordinary
337
An Epilogue
353
Sources Notes and Further Reading
362
Selected Bibliography
372

8 The Color of Water
129
9 Light and Water
144
10 The Sound of Water
159
11 Reading Waves
174
An Interlude
206
13 The Coast
219
Picture Acknowledgments
375
Index
377
About the Author
394
Back Cover
395
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About the author (2016)

Through his teaching and writing, Tristan Gooley has pioneered a renaissance in the rare art of natural navigation. He has led expeditions on five continents, climbed mountains in three, and studied the methods of tribal peoples in some of the remotest regions on Earth. He is the only living person to have both flown and sailed solo across the Atlantic.

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