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The Resource Field Life : Science in the American West during the Railroad Era

Field Life : Science in the American West during the Railroad Era

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Field Life : Science in the American West during the Railroad Era
Title
Field Life
Title remainder
Science in the American West during the Railroad Era
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Field Life examines the practice of science in the field in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of the American West between the 1860s and the 1910s, when the railroad was the dominant form of long-distance transportation. Grounded in approaches from environmental history and the history of technology, it emphasizes the material basis of scientific fieldwork, joining together the human labor that produced knowledge with the natural world in which those practices were embedded. Four distinct modes of field practice, which were shared by different field science disciplines, proliferated during this period--surveys, lay networks, quarries, and stations--and this book explores the dynamics that underpinned each of them. Using two diverse case studies to animate each mode of practice, as well as the making of the field as a place for science, Field Life combines textured analysis of specific examples of field science on the ground with wider discussion of the commonalities in the practices of a diverse array of field sciences, including the earth and physical sciences, the life and agricultural sciences, and the human sciences. By situating science in its regional environmental context, Field Life analyzes the intersection between the cosmopolitan knowledge of science and the experiential knowledge of people living in the field. Examples of field science in the Plains and Rockies range widely: geological surveys and weather observing networks, quarries to uncover dinosaur fossils and archaeological remains, and branch agricultural experiment stations and mountain biological field stations
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1975-
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Vetter, Jeremy
Dewey number
385.0973
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
INTERSECTIONS: Histories of Environment
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Science
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Field Life : Science in the American West during the Railroad Era
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unknown
Color
multicolored
Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Making the Field; 2. Lay Networks; 3. Surveys; 4. Quarries; 5. Stations; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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ocn962156445
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (513 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780822981459
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not applicable
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)962156445
Label
Field Life : Science in the American West during the Railroad Era
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Color
multicolored
Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Making the Field; 2. Lay Networks; 3. Surveys; 4. Quarries; 5. Stations; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Control code
ocn962156445
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (513 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822981459
Level of compression
unknown
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)962156445

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