Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Earth Sciences. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Crystals for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with the Healing Power of Crystals


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

Find comfort, balance, and emotional healing with crystals Discover how crystals and healing stones can help you fight stress, cope with anxiety, and more as you explore the basics of crystal energy healing with this beginner’s guide. With simple guidance, you’ll learn to curate your own crystal collection, and detailed crystal profiles will help you choose the crystal that works best for your healing. Unearth the power of healing crystals with: Easy guidance ―Explore every facet of crystal healing, including how to use different crystals and the top 10 crystals for your collection. Healing remedies ―Overcome negative emotions and foster positive growth with specific crystal prescriptions and healing mantras. Comprehensive crystal profiles ―Learn to identify crystal types with 50 detailed crystal profiles that feature images of both worked and unworked versions. Harmonize and heal your body, spirit, and mind with Crystals for Beginners .

  • Author: Karen Frazier
  • Publisher: Althea Press (October 17, 2017)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, New Age & Spirituality
  • ISBN: 978-1623159917
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches

                 

2. This Is Your Mind on Plants


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

From number-one  New York Times  best-selling author Michael Pollan, a radical challenge to how we think about drugs, and an exploration into the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants - and the equally powerful taboos Of all the things humans rely on plants for - sustenance, beauty, medicine, fragrance, flavor, fiber - surely the most curious is our use of them to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Take coffee and tea: People around the world rely on caffeine to sharpen their minds. But we do not usually think of caffeine as a drug, or our daily use as an addiction, because it is legal and socially acceptable. So, then, what is a “drug”? And why, for example, is making tea from the leaves of a tea plant acceptable, but making tea from a seed head of an opium poppy a federal crime? In This Is Your Mind on Plants , Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs - opium, caffeine, and mescaline - and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs while consuming (or, in the case of caffeine, trying  not  to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then, why do we fence that universal desire with laws and customs and fraught feelings? In this unique blend of history, science, and memoir, as well as participatory journalism, Pollan examines and experiences these plants from several very different angles and contexts, and shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively - as a drug, whether licit or illicit. But that is one of the least interesting things you can say about these plants, Pollan shows, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. Based in part on an essay published almost 25 years ago, this groundbreaking and singular consideration of psychoactive plants, and our attraction to them through time, holds up a mirror to our fundamental human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world.

  • Author: Michael Pollan
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Nature & Ecology, Ecology

                 

3. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Bestseller Named a "Best Essay Collection of the Decade" by Literary Hub As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass , Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings―asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass―offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

  • Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions; First Paperback edition (August 11, 2015)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1571313560
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches

                 

4. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

The best-selling author of The Botany of Desire explores the ecology of eating to unveil why we consume what we consume in the 21st century. "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't, which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we're realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore's Dilemma is best-selling author Michael Pollan's brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America. We are indeed what we eat, and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore's Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as "What shall we have for dinner?"

  • Author: Michael Pollan
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Science & Engineering, Science, Nature & Ecology, Ecology

                 

5. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments or generated by Google, maps tell us things we want to know, not only about our current location or where we are going but about the world in general. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other experts who have neglected to refer to a map of the place in question. All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. In this audiobook, now updated to include 2016 geopolitical developments, journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the US, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic - their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders - to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders. Marshall explains the complex geo-political strategies that shape the globe. Why is Putin so obsessed with Crimea? Why was the US destined to become a global superpower? Why does China's power base continue to expand? Why is Tibet destined to lose its autonomy? Why will Europe never be united? The answers are geographical.

  • Author: Tim Marshall
  • Genre: Science & Math, Earth Sciences, Geography, Historic

                 



6. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.   The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium’s digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening).   In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined “mycorestoration,” as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come.

  • Author: Paul Stamets
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design
  • ISBN: 978-1580085793
  • Dimensions: 7.44 x 0.88 x 8.98 inches

                 

7. Primary Composition Book: Dotted Midline and Picture Space | Grades K-2 Composition School Exercise Book | 100 Story Pages (Colorful Rainbows Series ... for Girls ( with more cover options ))


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

★★ The PERFECT & Super CUTE Notebook for all the Little PRINCESSES who Love the Colorful RAINBOW★★ ♥♥♥ Your Daughter, Niece or Granddaughter will love it! ♥♥♥ This personalized Primary Composition notebook with a picture Space for girls is perfect for school aged girls including kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade or even preschool or homeschooling. It has half page up top blank for illustrations and then the bottom half is lined for writing. The Cover is Super Cute and the Line size is perfect for early writers with good quality paper. If you are homeschooling 1st grade girl, this is perfect Notebook for you. It has the right sized dottet lines for early writers and a space for drawing a picture. This is an essential book for any kid who loves to write and draw! Main features: Large 8.5x11 in./21.6x27.9 cm with 50 Sheets/100 Pages Story paper pages with a blank picture space on the top half and primary ruled lines on the bottom half of the page. The dotted midline and thick baseline make handwriting practice easier for kids in preschool. Compatible with the common handwriting methods used in schools such as Zaner-Bloser, D'Nealian, and McDoughal Littel. Please leave a review to share your experience with this product, image or a video will be perfect reviews.

  • Author: Maxwell Gumpers
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 9, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 979-8644508969
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.23 x 11 inches

                 

8. Scribble Stones


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

A heartwarming story about a little stone who was able to spread kindness to the world! This story starts off with a little stone who thinks he will be become something amazing but then soon realizes he had become a dull paper weight. He's on a mission to become something greater and in the process meets scribble and splatter and they all come up a creative way to bring joy to thousands of people. If you loved I'm Not just a Scribble... then you'll love Scribble Stones ! And you'll even be inspired to make some scribble stones of your own!

  • Author: Diane Alber
  • Publisher: Diane Alber Art LLC (May 3, 2019)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-1732934641

                 

9. Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

From the author of GROWING GOURMET AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS comes the only identification guide exclusively devoted to the world's psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Detailed descriptions and color photographs for over 100 species are provided, as well as an exploration of their long-standing (and often religious) use by ancient peoples and their continued significance to modern-day culture. Some of the species included have just been discovered in the past year or two, and still others have never before been photographed in their natural habitats.

  • Author: Paul Stamets
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Genre: Science & Math, Biological Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0898158397
  • Dimensions: 5.97 x 0.67 x 9.04 inches

                 

10. All About Weather: A First Weather Book for Kids


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Earth Sciences - August 2021

Take kids ages 3 to 5 on an exciting and educational weather adventure! Welcome to the wonderful world of weather! From the warm, balmy days of summer to the cold, crisp nights of winter, kids will learn all about the four seasons, as well as how clouds form, why it rains, what causes a rainbow, and so much more. Read along and wow your child with the meteorological magic that’s happening around them every day. Go beyond other weather books for kids with: A whirlwind of info ―Help toddlers and preschoolers understand how weather works through simple explanations. Sunny illustrations ―Colorful and adorable images help kids better understand and engage with what they’re learning. A rain of fun facts ―Keep older readers interested with neat info, like the fact that wind can be used to create electricity. If you’re looking for weather books for kids, this illustrated guide provides your tot with an extraordinary weather adventure!

  • Author: Huda Harajli MA
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press; Illustrated edition (March 24, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-1646116164
  • Dimensions: 7.99 x 0.14 x 7.99 inches