By Charlotte Sleigh

Ants are legion: at the present there are 11,006 species of ant identified; they dwell all around the international other than the polar icecaps; and the mixed weight of the ant inhabitants has been envisioned to make up part the mass of all bugs alive today.

When we stumble upon them outdoor, ants fascinate us; found in our kitchen cabinets, they elicit horror and disgust. Charlotte Sleigh's Ant elucidates the cultural purposes at the back of our various reactions to those impressive bugs, and considers the diversity of responses that people have expressed at diversified instances and somewhere else to their elaborate, miniature societies. Ants have figured as fable miniature armies, as types of fine habit, as infiltrating communists and as creatures at the borderline among the nation-states of the natural and the computing device: in 1977 British Telecom employed ant specialists to assist resolve issues of their large details network.

This is the 1st booklet to check ants in those and plenty of different such guises, and in so doing opens up broader matters concerning the background of technology and humans' relatives with the flora and fauna. it will likely be of curiosity to somebody who likes common heritage or cultural experiences, or who has ever rushed out and purchased a can of Raid™.

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As a result, the companies now make insurance available through the California Earthquake Authority, a consortium of companies. Similarly, most hurricane-prone southeastern states have mandated insurance pools that 1-2 By the Numbers Assessing Risk Insurance costs are actuarial: They are based on past experience. For insurance, a “hazard” is a condition that increases the severity or frequency of a loss. Risk α [probability of occurrence] × [cost of the probable loss from the event] 8 CHAPTER 1 provide property insurance where individual private companies are unwilling to provide such coverage.

Modified from Kious and Tilling, USGS. Mountain range b p FIGURE 2-24. a. Collision of two continental plates generally occurs after subduction of oceanic crust. The older, colder, denser plate may continue to sink, or the two may merely crumple and thicken. Collision promotes thickening of the combined lithospheres and growth of high mountain ranges. b. The Himalayas, which are the highest mountains on any continent, were created by collision between the Indian and Eurasian Plates. people from the continuing collision between India and Asia during the ongoing rise of the Himalayas, and between the Arabian Plate and Asia during the formation of the Caucasus (p Figures 2-25 and 2-26).

Three types of plate boundaries are found at the western edge of North America: The San Andreas Fault runs through the western edge of California; the Cascadia subduction zone parallels the coast off Oregon, Washington, and southern British Columbia; and the Juan de Fuca spreading ridge lies farther offshore. Spreading at the Juan de Fuca Ridge carries ocean floor of the Juan de Fuca Plate down the Cascadia subduction zone. Divergent Boundaries Divergent boundaries where plates pull apart, by sinking of heavy lithosphere at the oceanic trenches, make a system of more or less connected oceanic ridges that wind through the ocean basins like the seams on a baseball.

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