By Cynthia Barnett
Rain is elemental, mysterious, helpful, destructive.
it's the topic of numerous poems and work; the head of the elements record; the resource of the world's water. but this can be the 1st e-book to inform the tale of rain.
Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins 4 billion years in the past with the torrents that stuffed the oceans, and builds to the storms of weather swap. It weaves jointly science—the actual form of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains—with the human tale of our ambition to manage rain, from historical rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that try to straitjacket the Mississippi River. It deals a glimpse of our "founding forecaster," Thomas Jefferson, who measured each drizzle lengthy sooner than smooth meteorology. centuries later, wet skies may support motivate Morrissey’s mopes and Kurt Cobain’s grunge. Rain is additionally a travelogue, taking readers to Scotland to inform the fantastic tale of the waterproof coat raincoat, and to India, the place villagers extract the smell of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth and switch it into perfume.
Now, after millions of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches on the stake to forestall rain or sacrificing young children to convey it; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and towns inbuilt floodplains; even attempting to blast rain out of the sky with mortars intended for conflict, humanity has eventually controlled to alter the rain. merely no longer in methods we meant. As weather swap upends rainfall styles and unleashes more and more critical storms and drought, Barnett indicates rain to be a unifying strength in a fractured global. an excessive amount of and never approximately sufficient, rain is a talk we proportion, and this can be a e-book for everybody who has ever skilled it.
From the Hardcover edition.