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Gold Fever and the Art of Panning and Sluicing, cover

Gold Fever and the Art of Panning and Sluicing

By Lois M. DeLorenzo. Pico Rivera, CA: Gem Guides Book Co, 1978.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Lois DeLorenzo gets down and dirty when explaining how to search for gold in the wilderness of North America. Her text and detailed drawings include information on how to assess whether an area is likely to contain gold deposits and how to build the tools necessary for panning and sluicing. DeLorenzo lists the materials needed and provides instructions for building various handmade prospecting tools, and demonstrates via her illustrations the best ways to use each tool. This unique bound paperback is from the Minerals Library at the National Museum of Natural History. Read More
Golden Eagle Country, illustration

Golden Eagle Country

By Richard R. Olendorff and drawings by Robert Katona. New York: Knopf, 1975.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This book is a narrative of the author’s 1971-1972 survey of nesting raptors in the eastern Colorado prairie. Species observed included golden eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons. The majority of the book describes the behaviors of these birds in their natural habitats, but it also includes anecdotes involving a few native reptiles, small mammals, and other non-raptor bird species. The author presents an optimistic view of the future of raptor-human interaction with proper conservation methods. The book is beautifully illustrated with drawings by Robert Katona, a self-taught artist. This... Read More
Cover of Hawaiian Nature Notes

Hawaiian Nature Notes

By E. H. Bryan. Honolulu: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1933.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This slim volume of Hawaii’s natural history was compiled when Hawaii was still a territory of the United States (Hawaii became a state in 1961.).  Written in an accessible style, it positively brims with information about Hawaii from the formation of its volcanos and history of its indigenous people to the cellular make-up of the Portuguese Man-of-War and the destructive quality of Hawaiian rats.  Each of the fifty entries were originally published as a series of weekly articles in the Honolulu Advertiser from April 1932 to April 1933.  Most are accompanied by drawings... Read More
Cover of Kiss of the Beast

Kiss of the beast

South Brisbane, Qld: Queensland Art Gallery, 2005.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Queensland Art Gallery curators Ted Gott and Kathryn Weir created an exhibit featuring monsters and beasts as depicted in art and entertainment history. The exhibit and accompanying book, Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong highlights the many ways beasts feature prominently in imaginations of artists and filmmakers. The animal now known as the gorilla came to the attention of modern Europeans in 1847. From that time, gorillas and similar beasts have been popular subjects in sculptures, paintings, books, and movies. This book analyzes the cultural, racial, and... Read More
Cover of Life Processes

Life Processes

By William L. Staley. [New York city, $b The author, $c c1934]:
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

From the smallest cells to vast, swirling nebulae; from plumes of volcanic ash and rock to the relationships of primates, William L. Staley carefully details life on Earth as we know it.  He does so with the help of My Pal, a cartoon bacterium.  The result is a bit silly but informative and inviting.  Printed on coated paper and frequently dotted with illustrations, cartoons, and photographs (of special note is the fold-out photo of the skeleton from fish to man at the end).  This first edition copy is signed and dated by the author.  Read More
Plate from Physical observations with discussions by various authors. Prepared under the superintendence of the Royal Society..

Physical Observations with Discussions by Various Authors.

By British National Antarctic Expedition. London: The Royal Society [Harrison and Sons, Printers], 1908.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The British National Antarctic Expedition (1901 – 1904), commonly called the Discovery Expedition, was a trailblazer of British exploration of the South Pole.  It launched the careers of leading figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, including Ernest Shackleton, who competed with Roald Amundsen to be the first person to reach the South Pole and died in a later Antarctic exploration in 1921.  This volume contains information discovered on that expedition, including tidal, pendulum, and magnetic observations; earthquakes and other geological movements; and aurorae... Read More
Pyrite

Pyrite [Fool's Gold]

By David T. Rickard. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

David Rickard gives gold’s poor relation the royal treatment in this scholarly work on the mineral pyrite. Rickard presents both the social uses of pyrite—from historical accounts—and the scientific nature of the mineral. Whether a scientist is researching the history of an older piece of metalwork or the chemical properties of the raw material, Rickard’s work is useful for the scholar and layman alike. This nicely illustrated book is from the Minerals Library at the National Museum of Natural History. Read More
Image from Report on the Collections of Natural History

Report on the Collections of Natural History

By British Museum (Natural History). London: Printed by order of the Trustees, 1902.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The Southern Cross Expedition (otherwise known as the British Antarctic Expedition) holds a special place in history: it was the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, the first to ever winter on the Antarctic mainland, the first to visit the Great Ice Barrier in over 50 years, and a pioneer of Antarctic survival and travel techniques. Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, even stated that the expedition’s work helped him and other explorers. In this volume, the reader will find the results of that voyage. They will learn, in... Read More
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Singing Whales and Flying Squid

By Richard Ellis. Guilford, Conn: Lyons Press, 2005.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Imagine climbing into a small, metal submersible, closing the hatch, and dropping into the ocean. The light will quickly fade as the metal around you grinds ever-so-slightly, adjusting to the changes in pressure. But you’re not afraid – no, of course not, not when Richard Ellis is by your side regaling you with tales of giant squid attacking bait traps, discovering vent fields at the bottom of the ocean, and the sudden appearance of a prehistoric, formally extinct fish. This is exactly what reading this book is like. In it, Mr. Ellis brings to bear his impressive... Read More
Sonoran Desert spring

Sonoran Desert Spring

By John Alcock. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

John Alcock is a behavioral ecologist and professor at Arizona State University.  He writes in a very approachable style (similar to more popular and famous biologists like Stephen Jay Gould and E.O. Wilson) that splendidly reveals his passion and appreciation of desert life as a naturalist to the general public.  This 1985 title, “Sonoran Desert Spring,” contains numerous photographs (some in color) of the Sonoran desert during springtime. Read More

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