The Bird in the Waterfall


THERE IS NOTHING IN THE UNIVERSE LIKE WATER. It is the most abundant compound on earth, yet it is far from ordinary. It appears to be simple: fluid at normal temperatures, frozen when cold, vaporous when heated - too transparent to be complicated and too plentiful to be precious. But appearances deceive. Water is among the most remarkable of all compounds. 

In The Bird in the Waterfall acclaimed author-artist team Jerry Dennis and Glen Wolff explore water in all its complexity, from the unique structure of its molecule to the elaborate mechanics of the hydrological cycle; from the natural history of oceans, rivers, and lakes to the life histories of the creatures that live in them. They examine ice-caps and rogue waves, meandering rivers and subsiding aquifers, a fish that lives only in tiny desert pools and a bird that prefers to nest behind waterfalls. And they explore the complicated history of how we have treated - and mistreated - this substance without which there could be no life. 

At the heart of The Bird in the Waterfall is a profound appreciation for the nature, science, and love of water - and a passionate appeal for the protection of this most vital of the earth's resources.