Author: Elizabeth L. Gilbert

Publisher: Abrams Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 271

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"Tribes of the Great Rift Valley" is a celebration of the traditional peoples who occupy the lands of the Great Rift Valley, from the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Eritrea, across the Ethiopian highlands, and down to the great lakes and plains of Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi. Here are the proud, majestic warriors of the Maasai and Samburu, the Mursi with their jutting lip-plates, the guinea-fowl-painted faces of the Karo, the bull jumpers of the Hamar, and the honey seekers of the forests, the Batwa, among many other tribes. These fascinating peoples of the Rift Valley are remarkably diverse, yet sadly, nearly all of these communities face extinction in the near future due to Western influence. Elizabeth Gilberts glorious black-and-white photography accompanied by her thoughtful, engaging text, offers sweeping views of this magnificent and sometimes harsh landscape and its peoples. Thought-provoking and remarkable, "Tribes of the Great Rift Valley" is a time capsule, perhaps even the last record, of age-old traditions and a way of life that will almost certainly soon vanish from our planet.
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Author: N.A

Publisher: Struik Pub

ISBN: 9781770074507

Category: Nature

Page: 144

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The Great Rift Valley of Africa, formed by violent geological events of the past, is so prominent a cleft down the eastern side of the continent that it can be seen even from the moon. A series of beautiful photographs reveals the valley’s many ecological niches – evolutionary ‘hotspots’ where diverse life forms have arisen and flourished. The book showcases the fauna of the region: the only wolves of Africa in the Ethiopian Highlands; the flamingos of the soda lakes, adapted to survive in one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth; the diverse wildlife of the Ngorongoro crater, and the epic migrations across the Serengeti plains; the gorillas on the forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes; and our closest relatives, the chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. The text and images reveal traces of our own human origins in the rich palaeontological discoveries of hominid remains, and celebrate the way of life of the Hadzabe people of Lake Eyasi. The authors sound a warning note on the potential impact of humans on these formerly pristine areas and the extraordinary legacy of natural diversity that could be lost. The vast and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Great Rift Valley are the backdrop to this fascinating exploration of the ‘cradle of life’.
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Author: N.A

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Photography

Page: 207

View: 8839

The flora and fauna of one of Africa's most spectacular regions is documented in 202 breathtaking photographs, from snow-topped mountains to heat-blasted salt flats.
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Author: Peter M. LeTourneau,Paul Eric Olsen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231111622

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 6056

The breakup of the Pangean supercontinent in the Triassic-Jurassic age left great rift basins containing an extraordinary record of the physical and biological conditions which precipitated a major extinction event at the time. These basins collectively form a rift province called the Central Atlantic Margin, which spans more than 45 degrees of paleolatitude and records over 35 million years of Earth history. Leading experts present a detailed review of the rift province's geology, paleobiology, and geophysics. This extensive two-volume work offers in-depth coverage of the North American components of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. In volume 1, leading researchers give thorough reviews and highlight recent advances in our understanding of the structural geology, tectonics, and volcanism of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.
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Author: Edward W. Robertson

Publisher: Edward W. Robertson

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 568

View: 9502

Five years ago, young sorcerer Dante Galand and his friend Blays averted war against their new home, the city of Narashtovik. Ever since, they've been repaying their debts, arming and training the nomadic norren people in preparation for rebellion against the empire that enslaves them. When Dante hears a nearby norren clan is in possession of the Quivering Bow—a legendary artifact that can strike down walls with a single arrow—his course is clear. With such a weapon, he can secure independence for both the norren and Narashtovik. But the bow has been taken by the enemy. Following a trail of pirates and slavers, Dante, Blays, and a clan of norren warriors strike deep into enemy lands. Until now, their rebellion's been kept secret. But their quest for the bow leads Dante and Blays to an all-out assault on the personal manor of powerful lord Cassinder. Enraged, Cassinder will have his revenge on norren and Narashtovik alike—and this time, there will be no stopping the engines of war. THE GREAT RIFT is the second book in an epic fantasy trilogy.
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Being the Narrative of a Journey to Mount Kenya and Lake Baringo : with Some Account of the Geology, Natural History, Anthropology and Future Prospects of British East Africa

Author: John Walter Gregory

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Africa, British East

Page: 422

View: 8667

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A New Africa Breaks Free

Author: Alex Perry

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316333794

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 5964

A vivid, powerful and controversial look at how the world gets Africa wrong, and how a resurgent Africa is forcing it to think again. Africa has long been misunderstood--and abused--by outsiders. Correspondent Alex Perry traveled the continent for most of a decade, meeting with entrepreneurs and warlords, professors and cocaine smugglers, presidents and jihadis. Beginning with a devastating investigation into a largely unreported war crime-in 2011, when the US and the major aid agencies helped cause a famine in which 250,000 Somalis died-he finds Africa at a moment of furious self-assertion. To finally win their freedom, Africans must confront three last false prophets-Islamists, dictators and aid workers-who would keep them in their bonds. Beautifully written, intimately reported, and sure to spark debate, THE RIFT passionately argues that a changing Africa revolutionizes our ideas of it, and of ourselves.
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Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide

Author: Michael E. Hobart

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674985168

Category: History

Page: 520

View: 7106

In their search for truth, contemporary religious believers and modern scientific investigators hold many values in common. But in their approaches, they express two fundamentally different conceptions of how to understand and represent the world. Michael E. Hobart looks for the origin of this difference in the work of Renaissance thinkers who invented a revolutionary mathematical system—relational numeracy. By creating meaning through numbers and abstract symbols rather than words, relational numeracy allowed inquisitive minds to vault beyond the constraints of language and explore the natural world with a fresh interpretive vision. The Great Rift is the first book to examine the religion-science divide through the history of information technology. Hobart follows numeracy as it emerged from the practical counting systems of merchants, the abstract notations of musicians, the linear perspective of artists, and the calendars and clocks of astronomers. As the technology of the alphabet and of mere counting gave way to abstract symbols, the earlier “thing-mathematics” metamorphosed into the relational mathematics of modern scientific investigation. Using these new information symbols, Galileo and his contemporaries mathematized motion and matter, separating the demonstrations of science from the linguistic logic of religious narration. Hobart locates the great rift between science and religion not in ideological disagreement but in advances in mathematics and symbolic representation that opened new windows onto nature. In so doing, he connects the cognitive breakthroughs of the past with intellectual debates ongoing in the twenty-first century.
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Author: Peter Watts

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

ISBN: 1616961260

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 565

Skillfully combining complex science with finely executed prose, these edgy, award-winning tales explore the always-shifting border between the known and the alien. The beauty and peril of technology and the passion and penalties of conviction merge in stories that are by turns dark, satiric, bold, and introspective. A seemingly humanized monster from John Carpenter’s The Thing reveals the true villains in an Antarctic showdown. An artificial intelligence shields a biologically-enhanced prodigy from her overwhelmed parents. A deep-sea diver discovers that her true nature lies not within the confines of her mission but in the depths of her psyche. A court psychologist analyzes a psychotic graduate student who has learned to reprogram reality itself. A father tries to hold his broken family together in the wake of an ongoing assault by sentient rainstorms. Gorgeously saturnine and exceptionally powerful, these collected fictions are both intensely thought-provoking and impossible to forget.
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Author: Peter M. LeTourneau,Paul Eric Olsen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231111622

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 8281

The breakup of the Pangean supercontinent in the Triassic-Jurassic age left great rift basins containing an extraordinary record of the physical and biological conditions which precipitated a major extinction event at the time. These basins collectively form a rift province called the Central Atlantic Margin, which spans more than 45 degrees of paleolatitude and records over 35 million years of Earth history. Leading experts present a detailed review of the rift province's geology, paleobiology, and geophysics. This extensive two-volume work offers in-depth coverage of the North American components of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province. In volume 1, leading researchers give thorough reviews and highlight recent advances in our understanding of the structural geology, tectonics, and volcanism of the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province.
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Author: Scott Washburn

Publisher: Winged Hussar Publishing

ISBN: 0997094699

Category: Fiction

Page: 325

View: 8017

A science fiction novel set in the far future. The new empires, which have arisen from the rubble of a devastating war, are looking with greedy eyes across the Great Rift to the untouched stars which lie there. Great riches and power will come to those who can control them. Engineer Charles Crawford has been dispatched with Terraformer Regina Nassau and a bold expedition on a ten-year voyage to establish a colony and transport gate on the far side of the Rift. But a rival power is determined to hijack the attempt and has secreted an agent in the expedition to disrupt it with sabotage and murder. With the political and military personnel dead, the task of carrying on falls to the engineers and technicians. Crawford and Nassau must mold the survivors into a force capable of resisting an enemy attack while continuing their primary task of establishing the colony and building the all-important transport gate. Their task is further complicated by the fact that the far side of the Rift is not as uninhabited as it was supposed to be. Refugees from the earlier, destroyed civilization have already made a home here and they look upon the newcomers with decidedly mixed emotions. Crawford and Nassau must try to win the trust of the natives if they are to have any hope against the coming enemy attack.
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Author: Peter Kimani

Publisher: Akashic Books

ISBN: 1617755036

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 8803

"This funny, perceptive and ambitious work of historical fiction by a Kenyan poet and novelist explores his country’s colonial past and its legacy through the stories of three men involved with the building of a railroad linking Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean--what the Kikuyu called the 'Iron Snake' and the British called the 'Lunatic Express.'" --New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice "Kimani has done a game job managing the carpentry of this ambitious novel, bringing great skill to the task of deploying multiple story lines, huge leaps back and forth in time and the withholding and distribution of information...Once Kimani has his plotlines all set, his writing relaxes, and it’s here that you can see his raw talent...I have never read a novel about [Kenya] that’s so funny, so perceptive, so subversive and so sly." --New York Times Book Review "Destined to become one of the greats...This is not hyperbole: it’s a masterpiece." --The Gazette "A multi-racial nation-building tale that begins during the construction of the railway from Mombasa to Nairobi. There are three men at its heart: two white, a British administrator known as 'Master' and an Anglican minister; one brown, an Indian technician who sires a male child, a birth that will reverberate down through the years." --Toronto Star "A fascinating part of Kenya’s history, real and imagined, is revealed and reclaimed by one of its own." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "But the novel has way more strengths than I can describe here, including the beauty of lyrical narration that combines irony, flashback, humour, allusions and inter-textual references, all of which are expertly manipulated to give the reader a gem of a story populated by composite characters, a story that, though revisiting old themes and times, does so with the freshness that one would expect of established literary geniuses." --Daily Nation "The author has built here not only, on these pages, not only a railroad, but the singular triumph of a highly diverting novel. Besides weaving an excellent plot-line, he offers the reader a classic, understated writing style that haunts much of this book, turns it into a minor masterpiece." --RALPH Magazine, Starred review "Peter Kimani, an acclaimed writer and poet, has brilliantly constructed this novel’s plot...[His] lyrical prose, such as portraying the train as ‘a massive snakelike creature,’ and his breathtaking descriptions of ‘God’s country’ bring the beauty of the land before our eyes." --Historical Novels Review Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the special circumstances that brought black, brown and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation. The novel traces the lives and loves of three men--preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim--whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the controversial birth of a child. Years later, when Babu's grandson Rajan--who ekes out a living by singing Babu's epic tales of the railway's construction--accidentally kisses a mysterious stranger in a dark nightclub, the encounter provides the spark to illuminate the three men's shared, murky past. With its riveting multiracial, multicultural cast and diverse literary allusions, Dance of the Jakaranda could well be a story of globalization. Yet the novel is firmly anchored in the African oral storytelling tradition, its language a dreamy, exalted, and earthy mix that creates new thresholds of identity, providing a fresh metaphor for race in contemporary Africa.
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Africa, surgery, AIDS, aid

Author: Michael S. King,Elspeth King (Ph. D.)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 158

View: 4323

A surgeon and his wife, a University lecturer, write of their thirty years in Africa - AIDS, diseases, local culture, polygamy, family planning, and the failure of international donors to alleviate poverty. They enjoy the beauty and fascination of the Land and Lake of Malawi. "A riveting account with first hand evidence of 'the poor'." "He undertaking surgical proceedures with minimal technical resources - they appalled by the gravity of AIDS." "Some people will be shocked and scandalised by what they say."
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Author: Edward W. Robertson

Publisher: Edward W. Robertson

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 568

View: 2389

Five years ago, young sorcerer Dante Galand and his friend Blays averted war against their new home, the city of Narashtovik. Ever since, they've been repaying their debts, arming and training the nomadic norren people in preparation for rebellion against the empire that enslaves them. When Dante hears a nearby norren clan is in possession of the Quivering Bow—a legendary artifact that can strike down walls with a single arrow—his course is clear. With such a weapon, he can secure independence for both the norren and Narashtovik. But the bow has been taken by the enemy. Following a trail of pirates and slavers, Dante, Blays, and a clan of norren warriors strike deep into enemy lands. Until now, their rebellion's been kept secret. But their quest for the bow leads Dante and Blays to an all-out assault on the personal manor of powerful lord Cassinder. Enraged, Cassinder will have his revenge on norren and Narashtovik alike—and this time, there will be no stopping the engines of war. THE GREAT RIFT is the second book in an epic fantasy trilogy.
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Author: Kuki Gallmann

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141966408

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 7135

‘Often, at the hour of day when the savannah grass is streaked with silver, and pale gold rims the silhouettes of the hills, I drive with my dogs up to the Mukutan, to watch the sun setting behind the lake, and the evening shadows settle over the valleys and plains of the Laikipia plateau.’ Kuki Gallmann’s haunting memoir of bringing up a family in Kenya in the 1970s first with her husband Paulo, and then alone, is part elegaic celebration, part tragedy, and part love letter to the magical spirit of Africa.
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Being the Narrative of a Journey to Mount Kenya and Lake Baringo with Some Account of the Geology, Natural History, Anthropology and Future Prospects of British East Africa

Author: John Walter Gregory

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780714618128

Category: History

Page: 422

View: 7924

First printed in 1896, this is a "Narrative of a Journey to Mount Kenya and Lake Baringo with Some Account of the Geology, Natural History, Anthropology and Future Prospect of British East Africa.
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Author: Nina Allan

Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)

ISBN: 1785650394

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 3593

Selena and Julie are sisters. As children they were closest companions, but as they grow towards maturity, a rift develops between them. There are greater rifts, however. Julie goes missing at the age of seventeen. It will be twenty years before Selena sees her again. When Julie reappears, she tells Selena an incredible story about how she has spent time on another planet. Selena has an impossible choice to make: does she dismiss her sister as a damaged person, the victim of delusions, or believe her, and risk her own sanity in the process? Is Julie really who she says she is, and if she isn’t, what does she have to gain by claiming her sister’s identity?
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