University of Alberta Press

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    In 1950, the biggest firestorm documented in North America—one fire alone burned 3,500,000 acres of boreal forest in northern Alberta and British Columbia—created the world’s largest smoke layer in the atmosphere. The smoke travelled half way around the northern hemisphere and made the moon and sun appear blue. The Chinchaga Firestorm is an historical study of the effects of fire on the ecological process. Using technical explanations and archival discoverie... [READ MORE]
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    This book presents a dozen papers from experts in various parts of the world discussing the next stage in the development of the vastly expanding field of dual system estimation and providing some documentation of experiments with the method in francophone Africa and Liberia.
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    C. Ian Jackson was one of four graduate students who embarked upon Operation Hazen, part of Canada's contribution to the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year. Their work at the weather and research station at Lake Hazen on Ellesmere Island exposed them to unusual cold -- 121 days with temperatures below -40o -- as well as isolation. The failure of their radio shortly after their arrival deprived them of contact with the world beyond. Based on lengthy letters written to his ... [READ MORE]
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    Provides a complete technique for the interpretation and classification of terrain, including indications of soil type, vegetation and land use, using examples and illustrations.
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    This book provides a means for identifying Hyphomycetes to genus and a convenient access to the taxonomic literature on Hyphomycetes. It will be of interest to taxonomists, plant pathologists, medical mycologists, and those concerned with the biology of decomposition and soil fertility.
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    Fossil remains found in Upper Triassic and Lower and Middle Jurassic deposits at Issykkul and Karatau in Central Asia are described for the first time, complete with lists, keys and detailed notes on wing venation, in this first English-language edition of an established Russian work.
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    Imagining Science brings together internationally recognized artists, scientists, and social commentators to feature a body of original artwork and essays which explores the complex legal, ethical, and social concerns about advances in biotechnology, such as stem cell research, cloning, and genetic testing. Many important questions and themes emerge from this exchange, highlighting the linkages between scientific and creative research. This collaboration also stresses the vit... [READ MORE]
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    Poet Alice Major was given a book on relativity at the impressionable age of ten, so she never quite understood why science came to be dismissed as reductive or opposite to art. She surveys the sciences of the past half-century -- from physical to cognitive to evolutionary -- to shed light on why and how human beings create poems, challenging some of the mantras of postmodern thought in the process. Part memoir, part ars poetica, part wonder-journey, Intersecting Sets is a wi... [READ MORE]
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    Of interest to theoretical biologists, as well as mathematicians, physical scientists or anyone concerned with problems in growth, chemical ecology and the developmental biology of form, these essays on biological modelling by American, British and Canadian researchers provide an interesting geometric excursion to the frontiers of contemporary mathematical biology.
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    Not every rock is of an earthly nature. Meteorites are our windows to other worlds, affording us rare glimpses of our own solar system when it was young. In The Meteorites of Alberta, Anthony J. Whyte offers a fresh perspective on the scientific research as well as the local, human history behind sixteen major meteorite falls and finds in Alberta. These detailed accounts of otherworldly rocks--with additional chapters on meteorite observation and recovery in Alberta, and an A... [READ MORE]
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    Papers from seven internationally renowned scholars in the areas of neuropsychology and speech pathology are presented in this collection. This book will be of major interest to graduate students, researchers and clinicians in the fields of speech pathology, psychology and neuropsychology.
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    Focuses on issues and practices associated with development-related disturbances in the North. The papers report on long-term experimental work relevant to site reclamation, including surface drainage control and re-establishment of plant cover. Papers by: P.J.B. Duffy; Peter Kershaw; Donald M. Wishart; Manivalde Vaartnou; L.C. Bliss and N.E. Grulke.
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    Covers environmental research and monitoring activities, the embryonic global network of monitoring stations, public participation in biosphere reserve research and management, and the creation of new arctic reserves. Introduction by Norman Simmons. Welcoming Address by Bernie Lieff. Papers by A. Hodgson; G. Bruce Wiersma; Y.G. Puzachenko and Y.I. Chernov; Hugh J. Monaghan; S. Khromov; Lars Påhlsson; and Milton Freeman. Discusion by: Lorne Russell; Percy Sims; Julian Ing... [READ MORE]
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    Focusing on the internal workings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the author explores the impact of political and economic imperatives on the production and interpretation of scientific research. Central to this work are the epistemological problems encountered in the production of 'truth', whereby scientific knowledge has made uncertainty a tool in the service of political objectives. Copublished: University of Washington Press
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    Time sequence analysis is the study of relations between a sequence of data points or sequence of signals in order to determine the physical properties of the earth. Providing an up-to-date treatment on time series and time sequence, this book is intended for senior or graduate students in seismology, geomagnetism and exploratory geophysics.
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    Time sequence analysis is the study of relations between a sequence of data points or sequence of signals in order to determine the physical properties of the earth. Providing an up-to-date treatment on time series and time sequence, this book is intended for senior or graduate students in seismology, geomagnetism and exploratory geophysics.
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    "The emphasis throughout is to link the fundamentals of the molecules through to the economic drivers for the industry, because this combination determines the technology used for processing."-From the Introduction The high demand for quality petroleum products necessitates ongoing innovation in the science and engineering underlying oilsands extraction and upgrading. Beginning with a thorough grounding in the composition, fluid properties, reaction behaviour, and e... [READ MORE]