• Nature

Shells

The Photographic Recognition Guide to Seashells of the World
Author: S. Peter Dance,Matthew Ward
Publisher: Dk Pub
ISBN: 9780789489876
Category: Nature
Page: 256
View: 415
A guide to seashells from around the world provides color photographs and concise descriptions of more than 500 species of seashells.

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Guide to Seashells of the World


Author: A. P. H. Oliver,James Nicholls
Publisher: Firefly Books
ISBN: 9781552979433
Category: Nature
Page: 320
View: 9772
A guide to seashells from around the world provides color photographs and concise descriptions of more than 1,200 species of seashells.

    • Science

The Book of Shells

A Life-Size Guide to Identifying and Classifying Six Hundred Seashells
Author: M. G. Harasewych,Fabio Moretzsohn
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022617705X
Category: Science
Page: 656
View: 1013
Who among us hasn’t marveled at the diversity and beauty of shells? Or picked one up, held it to our ear, and then gazed in wonder at its shape and hue? Many a lifelong shell collector has cut teeth (and toes) on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, the Outer Banks, or the coasts of Sanibel Island. Some have even dived to the depths of the ocean. But most of us are not familiar with the biological origin of shells, their role in explaining evolutionary history, and the incredible variety of forms in which they come. Shells are the external skeletons of mollusks, an ancient and diverse phylum of invertebrates that are in the earliest fossil record of multicellular life over 500 million years ago. There are over 100,000 kinds of recorded mollusks, and some estimate that there are over amillion more that have yet to be discovered. Some breathe air, others live in fresh water, but most live in the ocean. They range in size from a grain of sand to a beach ball and in weight from a few grams to several hundred pounds. And in this lavishly illustrated volume, they finally get their full due. The Book of Shells offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most intriguing mollusk shells, each chosen to convey the range of shapes and sizes that occur across a range of species. Each shell is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the shell’s range, distribution, abundance, habitat, and operculum—the piece that protects the mollusk when it’s in the shell. Brief scientific and historical accounts of each shell and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait. The Matchless Cone, for instance, or Conus cedonulli, was one of the rarest shells collected during the eighteenth century. So much so, in fact, that a specimen in 1796 was sold for more than six times as much as a painting by Vermeer at the same auction. But since the advent of scuba diving, this shell has become far more accessible to collectors—though not without certain risks. Some species of Conus produce venom that has caused more than thirty known human deaths. The Zebra Nerite, the Heart Cockle, the Indian Babylon, the Junonia, the Atlantic Thorny Oyster—shells from habitats spanning the poles and the tropics, from the highest mountains to the ocean’s deepest recesses, are all on display in this definitive work.

Seashells


Author: Budd Titlow
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781616731557
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 4355

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Seashells


Author: Ann O. Squire
Publisher: Childrens Press
ISBN: 9780516269863
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 47
View: 4162
An introduction to sea shells, discussing the different types of shells, where they are found, and how they are made.

    • Nature

Spirals in Time

The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells
Author: Helen Scales
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472911377
Category: Nature
Page: 288
View: 9607
Seashells are the sculpted homes of a remarkable group of animals: the molluscs. These are some of the most ancient and successful animals on the planet. But watch out. Some molluscs can kill you if you eat them. Some will kill you if you stand too close. That hasn't stopped people using shells in many ways over thousands of years. They became the first jewelry and oldest currencies; they've been used as potent symbols of sex and death, prestige and war, not to mention a nutritious (and tasty) source of food. Spirals in Time is an exuberant aquatic romp, revealing amazing tales of these undersea marvels. Helen Scales leads us on a journey into their realm, as she goes in search of everything from snails that 'fly' underwater on tiny wings to octopuses accused of stealing shells and giant mussels with golden beards that were supposedly the source of Jason's golden fleece, and learns how shells have been exchanged for human lives, tapped for mind-bending drugs and inspired advances in medical technology. Weaving through these stories are the remarkable animals that build them, creatures with fascinating tales to tell, a myriad of spiralling shells following just a few simple rules of mathematics and evolution. Shells are also bellwethers of our impact on the natural world. Some species have been overfished, others poisoned by polluted seas; perhaps most worryingly of all, molluscs are expected to fall victim to ocean acidification, a side-effect of climate change that may soon cause shells to simply melt away. But rather than dwelling on what we risk losing, Spirals in Time urges you to ponder how seashells can reconnect us with nature, and heal the rift between ourselves and the living world.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars


Author: Christiane Kump Tibbitts
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781439543979
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 47
View: 6619
Explores the world of seashells, crabs, sea stars, sand dollars, and other things to be discovered at the seashore.

    • Nature

The Art of Shelling

A Complete Guide to Finding Shells and Other Beach Collectibles at Shelling Locations from Florida to Maine
Author: Chuck Robinson,Debbie Robinson
Publisher: Old Squan Village Publishing
ISBN: 9780964726789
Category: Nature
Page: 179
View: 823

    • Nature

The Beachcomber's Companion

An Illustrated Guide to Collecting and Identifying Beach Treasures
Author: Anna Marlis Burgard
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 145216164X
Category: Nature
Page: 128
View: 6595
Breezy, inviting, and delightful—just like a day at the beach— The Beachcomber's Companion is a charming illustrated guide to collecting and identifying shells and other coastal treasures. Each of the entries includes fascinating descriptions, fun tidbits, and detailed artwork that makes it easy for readers to identify their own beach discoveries. A handy resource section offers tips on how to prepare before setting out on a shoreline adventure: from the beachcomber's commandments to must-have items for every beachcombing toolkit and advice on preserving shells. Awash with information and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, this is an essential companion for all who love the ocean's shore.

    • Shells

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Shells


Author: Kenneth R. Wye
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781856279765
Category: Shells
Page: 288
View: 1661
First published by Headline in 1991.

    • Nature

The World of Seashells

A Fully Illustrated Guide to These Fascinating Gifts from the Ocean
Author: Patrick Hook
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 9780517161326
Category: Nature
Page: 128
View: 7279
Presents an entertaining guide to seashells, offering details on where to look for the most sought after shells in the world.

    • Nature

The Shell Collector's Handbook

The Essential Field Guide for Exploring the World of Shells
Author: Kenneth Wye
Publisher: Wellfleet Press
ISBN: 9781577151067
Category: Nature
Page: 192
View: 423
All you need to know to log and classify the shells in your collection. Hints, tips and expert advice to help you get started. Over 150 photographs and illustrations make it easy to identify your finds in the field: Gastropods, bivalves, cephalopods and scaphopods. This practical identification guide covers a wide range of shells from all parts of the world. The book combines comprehensive and informative text with color illustrations, focusing on the shells themselves rather than on the marine creatures that once inhabited them. An introductory section covers mollusks and their classification, terminology and collection, along with conservation issues and an invaluable identification key. The main section is the identification guide to species in precise detail and clarity. The description of each species is accompanied on the same page with an easy-to-use identification key and color illustration.

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The World's Most Beautiful Seashells


Author: Leonard Hill,Peter Carmichael
Publisher: Carmichael Publishing
ISBN: 9781884942037
Category: Nature
Page: 240
View: 5206
Presents photographs of shells collected from around the world, chosen on the basis of their beautiful colors or forms, and includes explanatory text and captions.

    • Fiction

The Shell Collector

Stories
Author: Anthony Doerr
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439190054
Category: Fiction
Page: 240
View: 2516
Explores the variety of the human condition in a collection of short stories about love, relationships, grief, and hardship.

    • Antiques & Collectibles

The Complete Collector's Guide to Shells and Shelling

Seashells from the Waters of the North American Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of California, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Hawaii
Author: Sandra Romashko
Publisher: Windward Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780893170585
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 112
View: 8268
All beginning or seasoned shell collectors will find this is the most useful handbook available on seashells of the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of North America, and the coasts of the Bahamas, the Caribbean, the West Indies, and Hawaii. In color photos, more that 450 shells are identified by description, habitat, collecting details, range, and dollar value. Scientific names listed are the latest corrections or renamings by conchologists.

    • Shells

Shell


Author: Alex Arthur
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781465409041
Category: Shells
Page: 62
View: 3788
Photographs and text examine different types of shells, including seashells, eggshells, and fossil shells, focusing on such aspects as how shells camouflage themselves and how they may be collected.

    • Nature

Shells & Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest

A Field Guide
Author: Rick M. Harbo
Publisher: Madiera Park, B.C. : Harbour Publishing
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 270
View: 6999
This easy to follow, full-colour guide introduces the more than 250 species of mollusks found along the beaches and shallow waters of the Pacific Northwest.

    • Nature

Seashells of the World


Author: R. Tucker Abbott
Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466862424
Category: Nature
Page: 160
View: 6610
This eBook is best viewed on a color device. Seashells of the World is an introduction to the world of marine seashells, emphasizing the most attractive and best-known species. This guide will help you to: -Identify -Classify -Understand the beautiful shells you see and collect No other animals are so widely collected, traded, or bought and sold because of their beauty and rarity.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Seashells by the Seashore


Author: Marianne Berkes
Publisher: Dawn Publications
ISBN: 1584694637
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 1455
Both classroom teachers and vacationing parents will find this little book to be a charmer. Counting from one to twelve, Sue picks up shells--periwinkle, kittens paw, scallop--and carefully adds them to her bucket as a gift for Grandma. She and her friend identify the shells, and when they discover one that still has the mollusk living inside they put it back in the water--learning that shells are actually the abandoned homes of sea animals--but sometimes the animal is still home! The paperback edition contains a tear-out shell identification card to enhance the hands-on lesson in simple wonders from nature.