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Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human.
In 2013, Wits University reasearch professor Lee Berger caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave near Johannesburg. He put out a call around the world for collaborators – men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known pre-hominids with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species: Homo naledi.
The cave proved to be the richest pre-hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that challenge how we define ourselves as human. Did these ancestors of ours bury their dead? If so, they must have had an awareness of death, a level of self-knowledge: the very characteristic we used to define ourselves as human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us?
Addressing these questions, Berger counters the arguments of those colleagues who have questioned his controversial interpretations and astounding finds.
Situated between the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Breede River, the Overberg is an important agricultural region and a popular holiday destination for tourists and nature lovers who delight in the beauty of its mountainous landscape, abundant plant species and long sandy beaches.
But this area also has a rich history going back thousands of years, when the indigenous Khoi people originally thrived there, before the first European settlers arrived to leave their own indelible imprint on the culture, architecture and character of the region. This book provides a detailed account of this past by pointing out the many places, buildings, events and personalities that have made the Overberg the diverse and unique place that it is today.
The Overberg has been a home or point of interest for explorers, innovators, artists and writers, for figures as varied as Bartholomew Diaz, Olof Bergh, Hendrik Verwoerd, Gregoire Boonzaier, Audrey Blignault and Breyten Breytenbach. Some of South Africa’s oldest towns, houses and missionary stations can be found here, and its treacherous coastline has been the cause of hundreds of shipwrecks for centuries.
Enlivened by historical and current photographs and informative side panels, this book is a collector’s item.
If you love cycling and want to learn more about this sport, then The South African Bike Book & Events Guide is for you.
Cycling is a complex sport and if you want to improve your abilities, whether it is just to make it to the top of your nearest hill without stopping, or whether to win a champion race, cycling takes dedication and sacrifice. In this book we give you everything you need to equip yourself to become the best cyclist you can be. The book will introduce you to the origins of the humble bicycle, as well as key safety and cycling regulations and tips on staying alive.
As a cyclist knowing your equipment and the anatomy of your bike is important. This book gives you all the information you require on how to buy the correct bike, the variety of bikes on the market, how the various options differ, and how many different ones you need to covet, rather than need. Other chapters include the gear (kitting yourself out properly), the workshop (how to care for your bike), set-up and skills (basic set-up, road skills and MTB skills) as well as training and nutrition (the basics, recovery, injury and illness). The last chapter focuses on top events highlighting the top 5 road races and MTB races and other popular cycle races, uniquely African races, DIY and the ultras.
Of course once you have equipped yourself with this knowledge we give you a fantastic ride and training logbook, because practice makes perfect.
So get your ride on, with the ultimate South Africa Bike Book & Events Guide today!
A humorous look at the place names of South Africa, written and illustrated by Ann Gadd.
Origins, mysteries & folklore surrounding the sometimes odd names that appear on the South African landscape.
For many, Africa is regarded as a place of mystery and negative images, where reports of natural disasters and civil strife dominate media attention, with relatively little publicity given to any of the continent's more positive attributes. Africa has at last begun to receive the depth of interest it has long deserved, in the shape of debates about trade, aid and debt, the 'Make Poverty History' campaign, and the UK's 'Commission on Africa'. But, behind the superficial media facade, Africa is a diverse, complex and dynamic place, with a rich history and a colonial engagement that, although short-lived, was fundamental in determining the long-term future of the continent. At the start of the second decade of the twenty-first century, when the world is engulfed in a major financial crisis, Africa has the dubious distinction of being the world's poorest continent. This book introduces and de-mystifies Africa's diversity and dynamism, and considers how its peoples and environments have interacted through time and space. The background and diversity of Africa's social, cultural, economic, political and environmental systems is examined, as well as key development issues which have affected Africa in the past and are likely to be significant in shaping the future of the continent. These include: the impact of HIV/AIDS; sources of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction; the state and governance; the nature of African economies in a global context and future development trajectories. Africa: Diversity and Development is a refreshing interdisciplinary text which enhances understanding of the background to Africa's current position and clarifies possible future scenarios. It is richly illustrated throughout with diagrams and plates, and contains a wealth of detailed case studies and current data.
The Global Casino is an introduction to environmental issues which deals both with the workings of the physical environment and the political, economic and social frameworks in which the issues occur. Using examples from all over the world, the book highlights the underlying causes behind environmental problems, the human actions which have made them issues, and the hopes for solutions. It is a book about the human impact on the environment and the ways in which the natural environment impacts human society. The fifth edition has been fully revised and updated throughout, with new case studies, figures, and online resources such as downloadable figures and tables from the text and multiple choice questions for students, accessible at: www.routledge.com/cw/middleton. New topics covered in extended boxed case studies include payment for environmental services, ocean acidification, biofuels in Brazil, waste reduction through industrial symbiosis, and the long-term impact of natural disasters on vulnerable groups. Other approaches and concepts covered for the first time in this new edition include traditional ecological knowledge, environmental justice, the 'resource curse', and urban biodiversity. Eighteen chapters on key issues follow three initial chapters which outline the background contexts of the physical and human environments and the concept of sustainable development. Each chapter provides historical context for key issues, outlines why they have arisen, and highlights areas of controversy and uncertainty to appraise how issues can be resolved both technically and in political and economic frameworks. Each chapter also contains an updated critical guide to further reading and websites, as well as discussion points and essay questions. The text can be read in its entirety or individual chapters adopted as standalone reading. The Global Casino is an essential resource for students of the environment, geography, earth sciences and development studies. It provides comprehensive and inspirational coverage of all the major global environmental issues of the day in a style that is clear and critical.
The clear and detailed mapping in this bestselling Collins world atlas has been brought fully up-to-date to reflect all recent geopolitical changes. Great value and contains all the world maps you need in a budget atlas, for family, study and business use.FEATURES:* Fully revised, detailed reference maps of the world.* Map of the world's countries and physical features.* Introductory section includes facts on all the countries of the world, including flags, area, population, capital city, languages, religions and currency.* Map of the world's time zones.* Over 10,000 index entries.A new, fully updated edition of this bestselling atlas of the world.
`There are few things humans are more dedicated to than unhappiness' - Alain de BottonSad Topographies is the first ever atlas of deperssing toponyms. Covering all continents, Damien Rudd explores the world's depressing place names and explore their etymology. The stories behind these sad topographies are interwoven narratives of history, landscape, exploration, mythology, local folklore and misadventure. From Disappointment Island in the Southern Ocean to Calamity Lake in Minnesota, you can head up to All Alone in West Yorkshire, or if you're feeling more adventurous why not pay a visit to Crazy Woman Creek.Sad Topographies navigates the terrains of historical fact and imaginative fiction, filling in the gaps where some of the etymologies have been lost over time in this collection of beautifully-illustrated maps. Poetic and dark-humoured, it's a celebration of our sad and melancholic cultural landscapes. Containing stunning illustrations and a bespoke design, this is perfect for fans of Stories in the Stars or The Atlas of Remote Islands. Damien Rudd is the founder of the hugely popular Instagram account @sadtopographies.
The Royal Geographical Society's The Great Explorers charts the Golden Age of exploration with some of the earliest explorers from the Vikings, to the early Chinese travellers, the discovery of the Americas by French and Spanish explorers, and the eventual circumnavigation of the globe. Familiar explorers' travels, and those less familiar too, are all fascinatingly recounted by Riffenburgh through a series of beautiful maps and plans in the explorers' own hand. Covering professional explorers, botanists hunting for undiscovered plants, missionaries spreading Christianity into unexplored regions, female explorers, and the aristocratic and down-right eccentric, the RGS The Great Explorers takes you to a world still waiting to be discovered.
Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerising visual record of ten of the world's most significant natural history expeditions. Among the many stories of adventure and great scientific endeavour are: Sir Hans Sloane's journey to Jamaica; Maria Sibylla Merian's personal sojourn in Surinam; James Cook's perilous Pacific crossings; William Bartram's fanciful yet detailed documentation of North American wildlife; Matthew Flinders' mapping of Australia accompanied by perhaps the greatest of all the natural history artists Ferdinand Bauer, and Charles Darwin's fateful Beagle voyage.Hand-picked from the vast Library of the Natural History Museum, London, the illustrations and artworks contained here form a rare collection, many of which have only been published in this stunning book.
Love the photo - now want to put yourself in the picture? We showcase the 200 greatest destinations on the planet (from private islands to mountain peaks) then tell you how to get there. Full of sumptuous photography, exclusive content and inside-track information. The world's best destinations, the most exciting adventures and exclusive places to stay. This book is perfect for anyone struggling to find a holiday destination or wanting to go somewhere different. Highlights include * Empire State Building - and the best burger joints nearby* Hong Kong skyline - and why you need to see it at 8pm* Bazaruto, off Mozambique - the secret islands more beautiful than the Maldives ...* and many more Inspirational book to help you make the most out of your vacation.
Motivating learners to explore and investigate scientific concepts, this new core Course Book helps learners actively connect study with wider issues relevant to the world today. The most comprehensive match to the new syllabus first examined 2017 and the only DP Environmental Systems developed directly with the IB, the inquiry-based approach truly engages learners, strengthening achievement. Integrated links to the Big Questions support a holistic approach to teaching and learning, encouraging students to make links between topics and other subjects. Truly engage learners with scientific concepts - the inquiry-based approach drives active exploration, investigation and critical thought Fully cover the new syllabus - the most comprehensive support for the new syllabus (first examination 2017), developed directly with the IB Strengthen achievement - current case studies and activities accessibly connect learning with relevant global issues, driving motivation and achievement Accurately implement the new requirements- written by DP Curriculum Developers and authors of the new syllabus Support the new internal assessment - fresh ideas and new approaches to practicals from Gillian Williams help you tackle the changes Build assessment potential - assessment support directly from the IB provides unrivalled exam preparation Also available in print format Multiplatform access, compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, tablets and more The license is valid until 31st December 2023
Scotland Map originally published to accompany Black's Picturesque Tourist Guide of Scotland in 1840. Hand drawn map of how Scotland looked in the 19th century.This pull out map which was referred to in the Black's Guide as an `accurate travelling map'. The hand drawn map has the counties at the time highlighted with coloured boundaries - something that would have been printed layer by layer, starting with the main black text and shading and then a separate printing for each colour over the black, one colour at a time.Black's Guide to Scotland was featured in the recent TV series Grand Tours of Scotland when Paul Murton used his guide to reveal historical changes in the landscape.The guide has been re-published and is available to accompany this map. ISBN 9780008251147
From Mappa Mundi to modern election maps, the United Kingdom has evolved rapidly, along with the ways in which it has been mapped. In this time, cartography has not only kept pace with these changes, but has often driven them. In this beautiful book, 100 maps give a visual representation of the history of Britain. Every map tells a story and this book tells the incredible history of Britain through maps, and includes many famous examples of cartography, along with some that deserve to be better known. See the establishment of Great Britain, the British Empire expand, the impact of World Wars and the latest statistical mapping. Maps include* Rudge Cup (schematic map of western forts on Hadrian's Wall), 2nd century AD* Matthew Paris map of the Anglian Heptarchy (Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms), c. 1250* Gough map of Britain, 1360* Cambriae Typus, first published map of Wales, 1573* Raven maps of the Ulster Plantations, 1622* Enclosure map (eg of Norfolk, c. 1800)* Booth Poverty Map of London, 1886* Map of Beeching cuts to Britain's railways, 1963* Map of EU Referendum voting patterns, 2016
Met haar innemende en boeiende vertelstyl teken Dot Serfontein in Systap onder die juk verhale oor die lewens van ’n versameling merkwaardige mense op.
Die leser leer ken ’n groep Noord-Vrystaters wat aan dié wêreld sy sonderlinge geskiedenis en karakter verleen het. Dit is ’n distrik “lankal reeds bewoon deur verantwoordelike, stoere mense wat hulle deur niemand laat voorsê nie”, soos dit in die titelverhaal gestel word.
Van hierdie stoere mense is byvoorbeeld die unieke tant Hannie Wolmarans. Die staaltjies oor haar het vir die skryfster as kind so onwaarskynlik geklink dat hulle in dieselfde klas as sprokies geval het. Daar is byvoorbeeld ook oom Lood, wat selfs in die eienaardige Serfontein-familie, hom kon onderskei as ’n eienaardige mens. Die luimige aard van die vertellings word ook in hierdie bundel deurweef met waardering en deernis, veral vir haar ma Boeta en pa Oupats.
Now in its 3rd edition, this touring atlas covers all of Southern Africa and is designed for all road users – from the regular commercial traveller to the casual tourist.
South Africa is broken down into a main map section covering all of the country’s areas, where main touring areas are shown in larger scale and much greater detail; and city maps, where all of the main city centres and significant surrounding areas are also shown in detail. Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are handled in a similar way with a full spread for each country, together with the main tourist areas and city plans.
The book also includes a comprehensive index of place names and, where appropriate, an index of city plans. The touring sections show places of interest in specific locales, such as the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and the wineries of the Western Cape. Lastly, photographs of scenic areas accompany the maps where appropriate.
A student-friendly and engaging textbook for the Edexcel GCE A Level Year 1 and AS specifications. It has been specially written to match the demands of the 2016 specifications and has been endorsed for Edexcel. The coverage of key geographical concepts and processes is accessible and clear, and all students will be engaged by the interesting, up-to-date examples and case studies - while the rigour, detail, and depth required by the specifications is retained throughout. Clearly-written objectives open each section, setting out for students what they need to learn, and high-quality photos, maps, and diagrams aid explanations. Motivating activities, exam-style questions, and coverage of the required skills are strong features. The book is completed with a glossary for each chapter and a full index. Answer guidance for the activities is available on Kerboodle (school purchase only).
Geography is getting stranger. Out there, fleets of new islands are under construction and micro-nations are struggling into the light. As new borders and boundaries ebb and flow with increasing speed, it feels as if our old maps are being discarded, redrawn or torn up. Alastair Bonnett uncovers the stories of thirty-nine extraordinary places, each of which challenges us to re-imagine the world around us. From emerging islands, disruptive enclaves and bold utopian visions to uncanny ruins, ghostly tunnels and hidden landscapes - these are destinations that lie beyond ordinary coordinates. A follow on from the critically acclaimed Off the Map, this is a timely and fascinating discussion of place, ownership and ideas of state.
Facsimile edition of the famous Black's Picturesque Tourist Guide of Scotland originally published in 1840. The Black's Guide to travel is the star of the television series `Grand Tours of Scotland' as used by Paul Murton.Starts with a description of Scotland, Edinburgh and Leith and the Environs of Edinburgh. The guide then describes Fourteen Tours of Scotland for the traveller, highlighting notable features the travellers may encounter. In the preface to the guide it states that `the author has contended himself with giving a plain and intelligible account of the scenery most worthy of the attention of strangers `As well as the in-depth tours there are 21 detailed Itineraries and an index. There are also charts and scenic views from around Scotland at the time.
In this unique global collection, Gary Craig and his contributors blend theory and practice-based case studies to review how different community development approaches can empower minority ethnic communities to confront racism and overcome social, economic and political disadvantage.
Fully updated world map to include the latest political changes. Contains politically coloured mapping showing each country and their capital city, major roads, railways and cities and towns clearly. Also included are national flags, key statistics for every country and inset maps of the polar regions.This laminated (on front side only) map is printed on high quality paper and comes rolled in a plastic tube - ideal as a poster for any classroom, bedroom or office wall.AREA OF COVERAGEAll of the world, centred on the Greenwich Meridian, and including maps of the North and South Pole regions.SCALE1:22 000 000; 1 cm to 220 km; 1 inch to 347 milesSIZE1015 x 1380 mm (40 x 54 inches)OTHER VERSIONS AVAILABLEPaper flat map in tube (ISBN 978-0-00-821158-5).
From Treasure Island to Robben Island, from the paradise of Thomas More's 'Utopia' to Napoleon's purgatory on Elba, islands have proved irresistible to mankind's imagination since time immemorial. Self-confessed islomane Barry Smith explores how islands bewitch us so, and examines the kind of human experiences that islands inspire. Journeying all around the globe to take in the most fascinating stories of Earth's half a million islands, this book considers the unique geography, politics and economics of islands and their cultures. It traces their singular place in literature, religion and philosophy, and disentangles the myths and the facts to reveal just why islands exert such an insistent grip on the human psyche.
Developed with the IB for the latest syllabus at SL and HL, this comprehensive course book is packed with topical case studies to drive critical thought. Written by an IB team leader and workshop leader, it integrates the learner profile and includes skills development and fieldwork support, for optimal achievement. Developed with the IB so you can trust in the most comprehensive and accurate match to IB specifications Written by experienced IB workshop leaders and teachers to exactly match the latest syllabus Current, international case studies connect learning to global issues, fostering globally-aware learners Integrated TOK truly aligns content with the IB philosophy, driving critical thinking Dedicated skills development chapter, with fieldwork opportunities supports the strongest attainment Research links develop strong research skills, tangibly building independent thought Accessible until 31 December 2018, to be used by a single student or teacher Multiplatform access, compatible with PCs, Macs, iPads, tablets and more Your first login to your Online Course Books will facilitated by a printed access card that will be sent to you in the mail. If you are unable to receive a printed access card, please contact Oxford
AQA Geography A Level and AS is a student-friendly resource for the AQA A Level and AS specifications - written specially to target the demands of the new specifications. Accessible, clear and thorough, this Student Book covers the human geography component of the course. It engages all your students with interesting, up-to-date examples and relevant case studies. This Student Book has been approved by AQA. Clearly-written objectives open each unit, setting out for students what they need to learn, and high-quality photos, maps and diagrams aid explanations. Motivating differentiated activities, chapters on fieldwork, geographical skills and extension materials, and practice questions all reinforce the book's rigour. The book also features a glossary of key terms, and a full index. Answer guidance for the activities is available on Kerboodle (school purchase only).
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