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De Villiers, Marq

Overview
Works: 43 works in 210 publications in 8 languages and 10,420 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Guidebooks 
Roles: Author
Classifications: TD345, 333.91
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Most widely held works about Marq De Villiers
 
Most widely held works by Marq De Villiers
Water : the fate of our most precious resource by Marq De Villiers( Book )

52 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in 9 languages and held by 2,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines how water has been used to create and destroy civilizations throughout history and discusses the problems that could arise in the future if the world's water supply isn't protected
Windswept : the story of wind and weather by Marq De Villiers( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although sometimes destructive, wind is one of the elements that make life possible. Wind warms the higher latitudes and moderates the equatorial regions, and carries evaporated moisture from the oceans to the land. Even hurricanes are an essential part of the planet's self-regulatory system. This book is the story of humankind's long struggle to understand wind and weather, from the wind gods of ancient times to early discoveries of the dynamics of air movement to high-tech schemes to control hurricanes. Author de Villiers explains the science of wind and presents personal stories of people's encounters with gales and storms, including his own. Although we have made great strides in understanding how wind affects weather, there is much left to learn about how global warming and pollution may impact wind. The stakes are high because, clearly, anything that affects the winds eventually affects human life.--From publisher description
Sahara : a natural history by Marq De Villiers( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the parched and seemingly lifeless heart of the Sahara desert, earthworms find enough moisture to survive. Four major mountain ranges interrupt the flow of dunes and gravel plains and at certain times waterfalls cascade from their peaks. Even the sand amazes: Massive dunes can appear almost overnight, and be gone just as quickly. We think we know the Sahara, the largest and most austere desert on Earth--yet it is full of surprises, as Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle reveal in this brilliant and evocative biography of the land and its people
White tribe dreaming : apartheid's bitter roots as witnessed by eight generations of an Afrikaner family by Marq De Villiers( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The end : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival by Marq De Villiers( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Canadian Science Writers Award-winning author presents an analysis of humanity's role in catastrophic natural disasters to consider whether or not such threats are increasing and how they can be managed
Timbuktu : the Sahara's fabled city of gold by Marq De Villiers( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Founded in the early 1100s by Tuareg nomads who called their camp 'Tin Buktu, ' it became, within two centuries, a wealthy metropolis and a nexus of the trans-Saharan trade. Salt from the deep Sahara, gold from Ghana, and money from slave markets made it rich. In part because of its wealth, Timbuktu also became a center of Islamic learning and religion, boasting impressive schools and libraries that attracted scholars from Alexandria, Baghdad, Mecca, and Marrakech. The arts flourished, and Timbuktu gained near-mythic stature around the world, capturing the imagination of outsiders and ultimately attracting the attention of hostile sovereigns who sacked the city three times and plundered it half a dozen more. The ancient city was invaded by a Moroccan army in 1600, which began its long decline; since then it has been seized by Tuareg nomads and a variety of jihadists, in addition to enduring a terrible earthquake, several epidemics, and numerous famines. Perhaps no other city in the world has been as golden - and as deeply tarnished - as Timbuktu"--Jacket
Down the Volga : a journey through Mother Russia in a time of troubles by Marq De Villiers( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author combines travel writing with history and folklore as he travels along the Volga River in the heart of modern Russia
Sable Island : the strange origins and curious history of a dune adrift in the Atlantic by Marq De Villiers( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a small but deadly sand dune in the middle of the North AtlanticSable Island-one hundred miles due east of Nova Scotia, in the midst of the worst weather in the North Atlantic-is a thirty mile-long sand dune, uninhabited except by a couple of government agents who maintain an outpost and by bands of wild horses that have populated the island for more than two hundred years. Yet this small place illuminates grand and global themes, both human and natural.There is evidence that Sable may have been discovered as early as the fifteenth century, and it has been the subject of several failed colonization efforts by Portugal, France, the Basques, and even a group of prominent Bostonians, including the uncle of John Hancock. For centuries before lifesaving global positioning technology, Sable terrorized legions of mariners crossing from Europe to America-more than five hundred ships have been wrecked on its shores, fully ten disasters for every mile of coastline. Sable is constantly moving, its beaches disappearing and reappearing in storms, its very body in slow motion to the east. Because of this, it is a metaphor for the way the planet governs itself, because to appreciate Sable is to understand the workings of the great ocean currents, the winds and the North Atlantic gale, and the forces of entropy. Impressive in the array of its knowledge, Sable Island is a lyrical ode to one of nature's wonders
Water wars : is the world's water running out? by Marq De Villiers( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at how industrialization and pollution are impacting on the quality and supply of the world's water and how the international struggle for dominance over water resources may start water wars in the 21st century
Dangerous world : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survival by Marq De Villiers( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Canadian Science Writers Award-winning author presents an analysis of humanity's role in catastrophic natural disasters to consider whether or not such threats are increasing and how they can be managed
Sahara : the life of the great desert by Marq De Villiers( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our way out : first principles for a post-apocalyptic world by Marq De Villiers( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Global warming, energy shortages, overpopulation ' it's no wonder that as a society, we're in an apocalyptic mood. Out of an endless stream of gloomy prognoses for humanity's future, we have emerged with little inspiration and few concrete ideas for change. Our Way Out is the first time that our most urgent global challenges have been treated as aspects of a single, larger crisis ' and the first to acknowledge that while crises reinforce each other, solutions enable each other. The transformation to sustainability is already happening, in many small ways, in many parts of the world. Our Way Out shows us how we can scale up these efforts to create meaningful and lasting change. This is not a book on climate change, energy, or any other single issue ' it is the story of how within the solutions to the global crises we face, lie the seeds of something greater. It is a handbook for immense and exciting worldwide change. And, not least of all, it offers us robust hope that we can make things better. From the Hardcover edition
Guide to America's outdoors by Marq De Villiers( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heartbreak grape : a California winemaker's search for the perfect pinot noir by Marq De Villiers( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witch in the wind : the true story of the legendary Bluenose by Marq De Villiers( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Closer to the sun : an autobiography by Garth Drabinsky( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Down the Volga in a time of troubles : a journey revealing the people and heartland of post-perestroika Russia by Marq De Villiers( Book )

3 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dune adrift : the strange origins and curious history of Sable Island by Marq De Villiers( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sahara : the extraordinary history of the world's largest desert by Marq De Villiers( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the parched and seemingly lifeless heart of the Sahara desert, earthworms find enough moisture to survive. Four major mountain ranges interrupt the flow of dunes and gravel plains, and at certain times waterfalls cascade from their peaks. Even the sand amazes: massive dunes can appear almost overnight, and be gone just as quickly. We think we know the Sahara, the largest and most austere desert on Earth--yet it is full of surprises, as Marq de Villiers reveals in his brilliant and evocative biography of the land and its people."--Back cover
Blood traitors by Marq De Villiers( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a biography of two sisters who emigrated from Germany during the eighteenth century to America for a better life. They later became involved in the Revolutionary War which was a conflict in which neutrality was not a choice and betrayal, rape and murder became routine. The main characters in this history are Anna Dorst, Katy Frietz, and Heinrich Strum
 
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Alternative Names
De Villiers, Marq

De Villiers, Marq 1940-

DeVilliers, Marq

Marq De Villiers Canadees journalist

Marq de Villiers Canadian writer

Marq De Villiers südafrikanisch-kanadischer Journalist und Schriftsteller

Villiers Marq de

Villiers, Marq de 1940-

드 빌리어즈, 마르크

드 빌리어즈, 마크

ヴィリエ, マルク・ド

ド・ヴィリエ, マルク

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Windswept : the story of wind and weatherSahara : a natural historyThe end : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survivalTimbuktu : the Sahara's fabled city of goldSable Island : the strange origins and curious history of a dune adrift in the AtlanticWater wars : is the world's water running out?Dangerous world : natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, and the future of human survivalSahara : the life of the great desert