Rivers of Britain: Estuaries, Tideways, Havens, Lochs, by Stuart Fisher

By Stuart Fisher

Britain's rivers need to be higher recognized. Teeming with
wildlife, steeped in heritage, wearing bridges, docks and stunning
architecture, let alone helping riverside pubs, waterways museums and a
variety of locations of curiosity, they're the country's crucial arteries,
connecting inland Britain with the sea.

Covering Britain's top identified tidal rivers (the Avon,
Severn, Dee, Mersey, Tyne and Thames), to the picturesque rural Camel, Wye,
Orwell and Crouch, in addition to the economic rivers of the Medway, Tyne and
Clyde, all the way down to the smallest and lesser recognized of Britain's tidal
waterways, it is a interesting and finished consultant, full of maps,
colour pictures and fascinating proof concerning the lifeblood of our country.

Of curiosity to sailors, fishermen, motorised craft and
canoeists willing to find appealing unfrequented spots, preventing points,
places of curiosity, riverside pubs and lookout issues, in addition to practical
information on rapids, weirs and close by cities and automobile parks, it is going to also
interest walkers, cyclists, households and holidaymakers gaining knowledge of the local
history, folklore, riverside structure and areas to take river journeys.

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5). And here, along the path to civilization, as well as among the bricks, machines, and chips we’ve built, energy is a principal driver. Energy rate density continues rising with the increasing complexity of today’s gadget-rich society. Energy – the core of modern, non-equilibrium thermodynamics – ought not to be overlooked while seeking a broad, quantifiable metric for complexity. Whether acquired, stored, and expressed, energy has the advantage of being defined, intuitive, and measurable. Neither new science nor appeals to non-science are needed to justify the imposing hierarchy of our cosmicevolutionary scenario, from stars to life to society.

Change in environments usually precedes change in systems, and the resulting system changes have generally been toward greater amounts of order and complexity. Fig. 1. This symbolic “arrow of time” highlights salient features of cosmic history, from its fiery origins some 14 billion years ago (at left) to the here and now of the present (at right). Labeled diagonally across the top are the major evolutionary phases that have produced, in turn, increasing amounts of order and complexity among all material systems: particulate, galactic, stellar, planetary, chemical, biological, and cultural evolution.

Cultural systems, too, can be so modeled, for machines, cities, economies and the like are all described, at least in part, by energy flow. And it is non-equilibrium thermodynamics of open, complex systems that best characterizes resources flowing in and wastes flowing out, all the while system entropy actually decreases locally while obeying thermodynamics’ cherished second law that demands environmental entropy increase globally. Yet the quantity of choice cannot be simply energy, since the most primitive weed in the backyard is surely more complex than the most intricate nebula in the Milky Way.

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