Color in Nature: A Visual and Scientific Exploration

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9780713728064: Color in Nature: A Visual and Scientific Exploration

Color is all around us, an integral and often spectacularly beautiful part of nature. What causes these colors, which animals can see them, and how and why do colors exist? Focus on the complex and fascinating role that color plays in nature, from physical and atmospheric occurrences to plant and animal life. Do you know why snow is white, a leaf green, ocean water blue, and a zebra striped? Did you know that colors in the eastern sky at sunset are paler than those in the western sky, that no two people ever see the same rainbow, and that fish generally become dark when angry? These subjects and many more are discussed in a lively, non-technical manner that will draw you in and keep you interested for hours. An excellent reference source with an encyclopedic range of information about color in our universe.

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Illustrated with over 300 color photographs, this is a fascinating and beautiful book exploring the role of color in nature. Farrant, who currently works at the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, wrote this book from material she prepared for lectures to the Colour Society of Australia. Her multidisciplinary approach covers all aspects of color, touching on astronomy, botany, geology, physics, and zoology. She provides clear explanations of why the ocean appears blue, how chameleons change color, and why leaves change their color in autumn. An appendix listing the scientific names of plants and animals and a glossary of terms are provided. The index is adequate, but it would have been more useful if it had more entries. Still, the general reader will find this book a pleasure to peruse. Recommended for public and academic libraries.?Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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