Spirals in Time

Spirals in Time

The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells

Book - 2015
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Offers an examination of mollusks, their shells, and their role in human culture, as well as their susceptibility to the effects of humans on the environment.
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2015
ISBN: 9781472911384
1472911385
9781472916709
1472916700
9781472911360
1472911369
Branch Call Number: 594.1477 SCA44S 2015
Characteristics: 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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LPL_EliH Aug 29, 2017

The perfect book for those with mollusks on the mind-- the writing is accessible, yet thoroughly scientific, and Scales balances biological lessons with insight into humanity and its history. I wasn't expecting a chapter on the connection between sea shells and colonial slavery, for instance, but this surprising link is just one of the well-argued reasons that these shells really matter to who we are and how the world functions.

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mclarjh
Jul 27, 2016

Boring. I found little emphasis on ecology and environment, instead the author focuses mostly on the pretty colours and shapes.

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newdog
Oct 03, 2015

Beautiful!

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