By Charles C. Mann
Product Description in line with the newest medical findings, this leap forward ebook argues that the majority of what we inspiration we knew concerning the Americas earlier than Columbus was once incorrect. within the final twenty years, archaeologists and anthropologists outfitted with new medical options have made far-reaching discoveries concerning the Americas. for instance, Indians didn't move the Bering Strait 12,000 years in the past, as such a lot people realized in class. They have been already the following. Their numbers have been immense, now not few. And rather than residing evenly at the land, they controlled it fantastically and left in the back of a huge ecological legacy. during this riveting, obtainable paintings of technology, Charles Mann takes us on a charming trip of medical exploration. We research that the Indian improvement of recent corn was once the most complicated feats of genetic engineering ever played. That the nice Plains are a 3rd smaller at the present time than they have been in 1700 as the Indians who maintained them through burning died. And that the Amazon rain wooded area should be principally a human artifact. Compelling and eye-opening, this booklet has the capability to tremendously modify our knowing of our heritage and alter the process state-of-the-art environmental disputes. �2005 Charles C. Mann; (P)2005 HighBridge corporation style : historical past codecs : EPUB, MOBI caliber : five
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D. D. D. The seeds of this book date back, at least in part, to 1983, when I wrote an article for Science about a NASA program that was monitoring atmospheric ozone levels. In the course of learning about the program, I flew with a research team in a NASA plane equipped to sample and analyze the atmosphere at thirty thousand feet. At one point the group landed in Mérida, in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. For some reason the scientists had the next day off, and we all took a decrepit Volkswagen van to the Maya ruins of Chichén Itzá.
Perhaps eighty years earlier, dust storms had engulfed the high plains, blackening the glaciers in the peaks above. ) Then came a run of punishing dry spells, many more than a decade in duration, interrupted by gigantic floods. ) The disaster’s cause is still in dispute, but some climatologists believe that the Pacific is subject to “mega-Niño events,” murderously strong versions of the well-known El Niño patterns that play havoc with American weather today. D. In 1925 and 1926, a strong El Niño—not a mega-Niño, but one that was bigger than usual—blasted Amazonia with so much dry heat that sudden fires killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people in the forest.
D. D. D. D. D. The seeds of this book date back, at least in part, to 1983, when I wrote an article for Science about a NASA program that was monitoring atmospheric ozone levels. In the course of learning about the program, I flew with a research team in a NASA plane equipped to sample and analyze the atmosphere at thirty thousand feet. At one point the group landed in Mérida, in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. For some reason the scientists had the next day off, and we all took a decrepit Volkswagen van to the Maya ruins of Chichén Itzá.
1491; New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann