Seashells by the Seashore

Author: Marianne Berkes

Publisher: Dawn Publications

ISBN: 1584694637

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 6675


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.


Author: Josie Iselin,Sandy Carlson

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated


Category: Nature

Page: 143

View: 6747


Presents photographs of hundreds of seashells from around the world, with the accompanying commentary explaining how shells come to be, grow, and function.

Florida's Seashells

A Beachcomber's Guide

Author: Blair Witherington,Dawn Witherington

Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc

ISBN: 9781561643875

Category: Nature

Page: 83

View: 3237


A visit to any Florida beach can spark curiosity about seashells. Satisfy questions about the names and lives of seashells by comparing beachcombing finds to color photographs representing hundreds of individual shells. This book heralds the diversity of Florida's seashells and presents them in the way they come to us on beaches. Knowing the names, stories, and varies appearances of seashells can sharpen a beachcomber's eyes to their beauty and rarity. Florida's seashells offer both collectors an outlet for the appreciation of nature's splendor. This guide includes species common to the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, with full color photographs and maps throughout. Guide organization is simple, and images show shells as they would be found on beaches, not in museums. Other Pineapple Press guides for the curious beachcomber: Florida's Living Beaches Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas

Sea Shells

Author: Paul Valéry

Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 101

View: 616


Presents the French poet's meditations in prose on seashells and the questions raised by their forms


Author: Ann O. Squire

Publisher: Childrens Press

ISBN: 9780516269863

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 47

View: 8795


An introduction to sea shells, discussing the different types of shells, where they are found, and how they are made.

The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells

Author: Hans Meinhardt

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3662131358

Category: Computers

Page: 204

View: 401


For centuries scientists have tried to understand the growth and development of multicellular organisms. More recently, with the help of mathematical models and computerized simulations, they have discovered algorithmic patterns and models that seem to describe the dynamic processes in which organisms grow, reproduce, and respond to external factors. In this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Hans Meinhardt explains and illustrates these structural growth patterns in the case of sea shells. The book delightfully conveys the intuitive appeal and the "touch of magic" in this research. A diskette packaged with the book contains a program that allows the reader to run the simulations on a PC. New patterns can be generated interactively to provide an insight into the process of biological pattern formation.

Spirals in Time

The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells

Author: Helen Scales

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472911377

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 7806


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.

Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas

A Beachcomber's Guide

Author: Blair E. Witherington,Dawn Witherington

Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc

ISBN: 1561644978

Category: Nature

Page: 77

View: 6166


With simple organization, this guide tells the individual stories of 213 shelled mollusks using descriptive accounts, distribution maps, and color photographs. Accounts feature glimpses of each seashell's former life as a living creature. The organization and descriptions as well as the photographs make shell identification easy.

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: 4555


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.

Ocean Oracle

What Seashells Reveal About Our True Nature

Author: Michelle Hanson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416565434

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 128

View: 3956


Everyone remembers spending a day at the beach as a child collecting seashells, but what if those seashells were more than just pretty objects? What if those shells could actually tell you something about your hidden thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes? Ocean Oracle: What Seashells Reveal about Our True Nature is the bridge to learning this secret language. Simply put, seashells function as tools that enable us to speak with our subconscious, allowing the inner self to communicate the information it considers most valuable for our growth. By listening to the shells with the guidance of Ocean Oracle, you can tap into your own innate wisdom and joy. Included with the book are: • 200 shell cards in full color • 4 full color plates, 8.25 x 16.25" with all shell photos in full color Enjoy exploring the language of shells by yourself or with a group of friends.

Seashells of the World

Author: R. Tucker Abbott

Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466862424

Category: Nature

Page: 160

View: 6957


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.

One Hundred Seashells

Author: Harold Feinstein

Publisher: Bulfinch

ISBN: 9780821262061

Category: Photography

Page: 132

View: 8212


This follow-up to "One Hundred Flowers" features gorgeous color photographs of seashells both familiar and exotic.

Decorating with Seashells

Author: Anita Louise Crane

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780806936390

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 141

View: 2298


Try these ideas for decorating with shells and suggest the beauty of the beach in every room.

Magic of Seashells

Author: Fredlee

Publisher: Windward Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780893170493

Category: Nature

Page: 36

View: 9810


Three youngsters spend the day on the beach hunting for different types of shells.

Florida's Fabulous Seashells

And Other Seashore Life

Author: Winston Williams,Pete Carmichael

Publisher: World Publications (FL) DBA National Art Service

ISBN: 9780911977059

Category: Nature

Page: 112

View: 8165



A Portrait of the Animal World

Author: Andrew Cleave

Publisher: Smithmark Publishers

ISBN: 9780765199676

Category: Shells

Page: 72

View: 8425


This handsomely-illustrated introduction to the fascinating world of the mollusk opens the door to the wonders of shells and the living creatures within them. An amazing rich group for study, the gastropods include slitshells, limpets, turbans, nerites, cowries, helmets, tritons, wendletraps, cone shells, murexes, and many others. No less fascinating are the bivalves such as scallops, oysters, and clams, and the shelled cephalopod known as the nautilus. Here, depicted in 80 full-color photographs, are shells with a stunning range of colors, markings, and textures that are sure to appeal to naturalists and collectors alike.


Treasures from the Northeast Coast

Author: Joanne Roach-Evans

Publisher: Islandport PressInc

ISBN: 9781934031797

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 9109


Let the treasure hunt begin! As any visitor to the beach knows, all sorts of treasures ca be found if you look. This beautifully illustrated pocket guide helps young beachcombers find and identify shells of animals commonly found in the Northeast from Maine’s rocky coast to the sandy shores of Cape Cod and Long Island.