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Announcing Sacred Mounds, a novel of Magical Realism and Historical Fantasy from Jim Metzner, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.
Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he is swept back to pre-colonial times, walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present-day America. Sacred Mounds Book Cover Four hundred years apart, they are bound by a mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago. Sacred Mounds weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.
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Early Spring: Harbingers: The Pulse of the Planet daily radio program offers free legal online mp3 downloads, exploring the world of sound in nature, culture and science, with audio adventures, world music, extraordinary sound portraits, science diaries, and nature ring-tones; an amazing sonic experience.

Airdate: May 07, 2001
Scientist: David Inouye

Early Spring: Harbingers

Early Spring: Harbingers
A broad range of species of plants are blooming up to 46 days earlier now than they did three decades ago. The reason, biologists say, is global climate change.

Early Spring - Harbingers

Music; Ambience: birds, dawn chorus, East coast

JM: Everyone has their own favorite harbinger of spring. For some it might be the first robin, for others a glimpse of an early crocus. Scientists are telling us that these events are happening earlier each year - more signs that the earth's temperature is warming. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. David Inouye is director of the graduate program of conservation biology at the University of Maryland.

DI: "There are a number of signs that global warming is occurring. The seasonal timing of events is probably the best way that the general public would notice how climate change is affecting plants and animals around us. If you've been keeping long term records as people have in Great Britain, and now to a growing degree here in North America, of when the first bird arrived, when the first insects were seen, when the first flower opened, when the first buds broke - people have noticed that these events are happening earlier and earlier, over the last few decades, and I think that's probably some of the best evidence that global warming is effecting the plants and animals around us. There's a group of biologists at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, in the botany department, that have been looking for the last twenty-nine years at what was the first date of flowering for about a hundred different species in this area and they have found that the eighty-nine species which are flowering earlier now than they used to, are, on average, flowering about four and a half days earlier. The range for individual species is all the way up to forty-six days earlier now, than these plants came into bloom twenty-nine years ago. So, even here in the Washington D.C. area, it's quite easy, if you have that kind of a record, to pick up on these changes that we can attribute to global climate change, to global warming in particular."

JM: In future programs we'll hear more about the signs of spring arriving early. To hear more about our new CD, please visit pulseplanet.com. Pulse of the Planet is presented by the National Science Foundation. I'm Jim Metzner.