Description : In The Empty Ocean, acclaimed author and artist Richard Ellis tells the story of our continued plunder of life in the sea and weighs the chances for its recovery. Through fascinating portraits of a wide array of creatures, he introduces us to the many forms of sea life that humans have fished, hunted, and collected over the centuries, from charismatic whales and dolphins to the lowly menhaden, from sea turtles to cod, tuna, and coral. Rich in history, anecdote, and surprising fact, Richard Ellis’s descriptions bring to life the natural history of the various species, the threats they face, and the losses they have suffered. Killing has occurred on a truly stunning scale, with extinction all too often the result, leaving a once-teeming ocean greatly depleted. But the author also finds instances of hope and resilience, of species that have begun to make remarkable comebacks when given the opportunity. Written with passion and grace, and illustrated with Richard Ellis’s own drawings, The Empty Ocean brings to a wide audience a compelling view of the damage we have caused to life in the sea and what we can do about it. "
Description : Mary Fulton and her father are trying to save their failing family tugboat business. Captained by Kevin Patrick, The Bowery Queen, their ageing tugboat, is towing a barge to Nova Scotia. There they lose the barge contract, but hear of an abandoned freighter adrift in the high seas. They sail towards the vessel in a desperate hope of salvaging it. But unknown to Kevin, Mary, and her crew, the freighter is not completely deserted--aboard is a psychopathic German fugitive and his deadly cargo. With a setting of turbulent Atlantic tides, this sea-faring odyssey is a thrilling portrayal of man's fight for survival and supremacy over love and death.
Description : The fourth and final book in the series about Kit Stixby and his friend, Prince Henry, which began with A Handful of Magic and contiued with A land Without Magic and A Wild Kind of Magic.Kit and Prince Henry set off to South America to meet up with Dr Stixby, who is on board the Oceanic Kew on a plant collecting assignment. But when they arrive the doctor has disappeared and it's up to Kit and Prince Henry to find out what's happened. Could their old adversary, Stafford Sparks,have a hand in the strange goings-on?* All three books in this series have been extremely well reviewed with A Handful of Magic being picked as the Guardian's book of the month* An author to recommend to readers who've enjoyed the Harry Potter books
Description : Covering 71 percent of the planet, these saline bodies of water provided the unique conditions necessary for the building blocks of life to form billions of years ago. This book explains how our oceans continue to support and influence life in important ways: by providing the largest global source of protein in the form of fish populations, by creating and influencing weather systems, and by absorbing waste streams such as airborne carbon. It is shown how oceans have an almost magnetic draw—almost half of the world’s population lives within a few hours of an ocean. Although oceans are vast in size, exceeding 328 million cubic miles (1.37 billion cubic kilometers), they have been influenced by and have influenced humans in numerous ways. The book includes three detailed case studies. The first focuses on the most remote locations along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where new ocean floor is being formed twenty-thousand feet underwater. The second considers the Maldives, a string of islands in the Indian Ocean, where increasing sea levels may force residents to abandon some communities by 2020. The third describes the North Sea at the edge of the Arctic Ocean, where fishing stocks have been dangerously depleted as a result of multiple nations’ unrelenting removal of the smallest and largest species.
Description : King of the Empty Plain is familiar to every Tibetan yet nearly unknown in the rest of the world. Tangtong Gyalpo's incredible lifespan, profound teachings, unprecedented engineering feats, eccentric deeds, and creation of Tibetan opera have earned this fascinating figure a unique status in Tibetan culture. Believed to be the great Indian master Padmasambhava appearing again in the world to benefit living beings, he discovered techniques for achieving longevity that are still held in highest esteem and are frequently taught six hundred years later. His construction of fifty-eight iron suspension bridges, sixty wooden bridges, 118 ferries, 111 stupa monuments, and countless temples and monasteries in Tibet and Bhutan remains an awe-inspiring accomplishment. This book is a detailed study of the life and legacy of this great master. An extensive introduction discusses Tangtong Gyalpo's Dharma traditions, the question of his amazing longevity, his "crazy" activities manifested to enhance his own realization and to benefit others, and his astonishing engineering and architectural achievements. The book includes a complete translation of the most famous Tibetan biography of Tangtong Gyalpo, as well as the Tibetan text and English translation of a unique early manuscript describing his miraculous death. The text is further enriched with ten color plates and seventy-seven black-and-white illustrations.
Description : This book is focused on the impact of ocean transport logistics on global supply chains. It is the first book solely dedicated to the topic, linking the interaction of parties along this chain, including shippers, terminal operators and line carriers. While ocean container transport logistics has been greatly studied, there are many important issues that have yet to receive the attention they deserve. The editors and contributing authors of Ocean Container Transport Logistics: Making Global Supply Chain Effective seek to address these topics and shed new light on the subject. The book is divided into three parts. Part I examines the innovation, trends, competition and business model of container terminal operations. In Part II, the book looks at how tactical and operational management is used in shipping liners. The chapters cover topics such as empty container repositioning, slow steaming, routing, network design and disruption management. Finally Part III explores at shippers and global supply chain management, with chapters on transportation service procurement, hinterland transportation, green corridors, as well as competition and co-operation in maritime logistics operations. The eighteen chapters of the book all highlight the immediate effect of ocean transport logistics on global supply chain.
Description : In 32 hours, the world as we know it will end! The magnetic field of the earth is about to fail because of a series of gigantic solar storms, which come in a 26,000 year cycle. When that happens, solar radiation will cause widespread infertility among all land animals, including us. As the storms begin causing dramatic destruction that could lead to the downfall of our technological civilization, a mysterious clue about the danger appears on an ancient artifact. While the countdown continues, major characters start coming together for the first time, building dark intrigue, ancient prophesy and cutting-edge high-technology into a series of connected events leading to the end of the world – unless it can be stopped. A mysterious consciousness and presence inside the only clue about what is happening may be the only means of preventing the coming disaster. But time is running out and the chaos has already begun. THE EMPTY EGGS OF BURNING LIGHT continues the exciting saga from THE HOLE IN THE MAGIC SHIELD. A hard science fiction tale so real some readers can’t tell it’s fiction, the third fast-paced thriller picks up the minute the last one stopped. The next 8.25 hours, out of only 32 hours left in the world, begin to add new characters and plots as events trigger a cascade of cause and effect. The hour-by-hour style of the modern timeline combines with larger than life characters and historical fact in a story you can’t put down. The twisted mystery continues to dig deeper until a cliff-hanger ending guaranteed to make readers scream in anticipation for the next installment. But the story is only half over… ~96k words
Description : This e-book is intended to provide the new exporter with an overview of the steps to take – and issues to watch out for – when looking to sell products overseas. The process may seem intimidating, but understanding it and putting policies and procedures in place to handle exporting can be well worth the time, energy and money spent, as it will open up entirely new markets for your company!
Description : When Oracle suggests a comforting vacation through a portal to a world of water, he fails to mention that it is also a world inhabited by pirates.