New Arrivals · Earth Sciences

April 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

101 American geo-sites you've gotta see

April 17, 2014
Dickas, Albert B.
Missoula, MT : Mountain Press Pub. Company, c2012.
xi, 250 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 23 cm.

Ohio's geology in core and outcrop : a field guide for citizens and environmental and geotechnical investigators

April 4, 2014
Schumacher, Gregory A.
Columbus : State of Ohio, Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, 2013.
vii, 191 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 28 cm.

Can glacier and ice melt be reversed?

March 31, 2014
Detroit, MI : Greenhaven Press, [2014]
114 pages ; 23 cm.
The melting of glaciers cannot be reversed / Tim Appenzeller -- Glaciers are growing, not melting / Robert Felix -- Third-World stove soot is target in climate fight / Elisabeth Rosenthal -- The melting of Arctic ice cannot be reversed / Fen Montaigne -- The media exaggerates the extent of ice melt in the Arctic / Ben Pile -- Ice sheets are melting at an increasing rate / Irene Quaile -- The melting of glaciers cannot be reversed with global warming / Bharat Raj Singh and Onkar Singh -- Ice sheets are not collapsing / Cliff Ollier -- Antarctica is melting / Erik Conway -- Antarctica is not melting / Marc Sheppard -- Global warming : impact of receding snow and ice surprises scientists / Pete Spotts -- Permafrost is melting / Ben Cubby -- Permafrost warming is widely misunderstood / Guido Grosse et al.

Exotic gems

March 3, 2014
Newman, Renée, 1948-
Los Angeles : International Jewelry Publications, 2010-
v. <3> : ill. ; 23 cm.
Library only has volume 3.
v. 1. How to identify and buy tanzanite, ammolite, rhodochrosite, zultanite, sunstone, moonstone and other feldspars -- v. 2. How to identify and buy alexandrite, andalusite, chrysoberyl cat's eye, kyanite, common opal, fire opal, dinasaur gembone, tsavorite, rhodolite & other garnets -- v. 3. How to identify, evaluate, select and care for matrix opal, fire agate, blue chalcedony, rubellite, indicolite, paraiba and other tourmalines

Earthquake storms : the fascinating history and volatile future of the San Andreas Fault

February 21, 2014
Dvorak, John (John J.), author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xviii, 254 pages. 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The San Andreas Fault is everywhere, and primed for a colossal quake. For decades, scientists have warned that such a sudden shifting of the Earth's crust is inevitable. In fact, it is a geologic necessity. The San Andreas fault runs almost the entire length of California, from the redwood forest to the east edge of the Salton Sea. Along the way, it passes through two of the largest urban areas of the country--San Francisco and Los Angeles. Dozens of major highways and interstates cross it. Scores of housing developments have been planted over it. The words "San Andreas" are so familiar today that they have become synonymous with earthquake. Yet, few people understand the San Andreas or the network of subsidiary faults it has spawned. Some run through Hollywood, others through Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The Hayward fault slices the football stadium at the University of California in half. Even among scientists, few appreciate that the San Andreas fault is a transient, evolving system that, as seen today, is younger than the Grand Canyon and key to our understanding of earthquakes worldwide.

Earthmasters : the dawn of the age of climate engineering

February 10, 2014
Hamilton, Clive.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
xii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Why geoengineering? -- Sucking carbon -- Regulating sunlight -- The players and the public -- Promethean dreams -- Atmospheric geopolitics -- Ethical anxieties -- This goodly frame.
"This book goes to the heart of the unfolding reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have failed and before the end of the century Earth is now projected to be warmer than it has been for 15 million years. The question, 'can the crisis be avoided?' has been superseded by a more chilling one, 'what can be done to prevent the devastation of the living world?' And the disturbing answer, now under the wide discussion both within and outside the scientific community, is to seize control of the climate of Earth itself. Clive Hamilton begins by exploring the range of technologies now being developed in the field of geoengineering - the intentional, enduring, large-scale manipulation of Earth's climate system. He lays out the arguments for and against climate engineering, and reveals the extent of vested interests linking researchers, venture capitalists and corporations. He examines what it means for human beings to be making plans to control the planet's atmosphere, probes the uneasiness we feel with the notion of exercising technological mastery over nature, and challenges the ways we think about ourselves and our place in the natural world."--Book jacket.

Oxygen : a four billion year history

January 27, 2014
Canfield, Donald E.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014]
xv, 196 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
What is it about planet Earth? -- Life before oxygen -- Evolution of oxygenic photosynthesis -- Cyanobacteria: the great liberators -- What controls atmospheric oxygen concentrations? -- The early history of atmospheric oxygen: biological evidence -- The early history of atmospheric oxygen: geological evidence -- The great oxidation -- Earth's Middle Ages: what came after the GOE -- Neoproterozoic oxygen and the rise of animals -- Phanerozoic oxygen -- Epilogue.
"The air we breathe is twenty-one percent oxygen, an amount higher than on any other known world. While we may take our air for granted, Earth was not always an oxygenated planet. How did it become this way? Oxygen is the most current account of the history of atmospheric oxygen on Earth"-- Provided by publisher.

The essential guide to crystals, minerals and stones

January 14, 2014
Lembo, Margaret Ann, 1957-
Woodbury, Minnesota : Llewellyn Worldwide, [2013]
xv, 440 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

Full fathom five : ocean warming and a father's legacy

October 31, 2013
Chaplin, Gordon.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2013.
xiv, 248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
An unexpected turn -- The call -- Under the radar -- Welcome home -- A charming couple -- Mummy -- Daddy -- Hog Island -- Buying in -- What does home mean? -- The aquarium -- Totems -- In my element -- Eel Bay -- The cutting edge -- Green Cay -- Andros -- Entre' acte -- Paradise Island -- Totems revisited -- Totems revisited -- Hope springs eternal -- Beneath Atlantis -- Death of a scientist -- Ashes -- Collecting -- Our faith -- The boat that wouldn't float -- A woman's point of view -- Miggy -- The saddle squirrelfish -- The Chaplin Project -- Fish out of water -- Dr. Ilves -- The study finally -- The debt -- Hope springs eternal -- Full fathom five -- Rest in peace -- The last word -- Reprise -- Dramatis personae -- Chaplin family portrait -- Papillose blenny -- Fairy basslet -- Cherubfish -- Yellowhead jawfish -- Blackcap basslet -- Greenband goby.

The melting world : a journey across America's vanishing glaciers

October 8, 2013
White, Christopher P., 1956-
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, [2013]
272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Year one : Into the cirque -- Years two & three : Through the looking glass -- Year four, week one : The falcon and the falconer -- Year four, week two : The cascade effect -- Year four, week three : Fire and ice -- Year four, week four : Things fall apart -- Year four, week five : A thousand words -- Year five, epilogue : The widening gyre.


August 15, 2013
New York, NY : DK Publishing, 2013.
528 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Includes index.
At head of title: Smithsonian.

Geological aspects of key archaeological sites in northern Kentucky and southern Ohio

August 14, 2013
Columbus : State of Ohio, Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, 2007.
vii, 120 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
"Guidebook originally prepared for Field Trip 6 for the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 26-29, 1992"--T.p.

Earth as art

July 30, 2013
Friedl, Lawrence.
Washington, DC : National Aeronautics and Space Administration, [2012]
viii, 158 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Images from Earth-observing environmental satellites in orbit around the planet. This book shows patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the land, oceans, ice, and atmosphere.


July 2, 2013
Rattini, Kristin Baird.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2013.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Look up at the sky -- What is weather? -- The sun -- Clouds -- What comes from clouds? -- Lightning and thunder -- Rainbows -- 6 ways weather is wild -- Wind -- Weather and me -- What in the world?

The attacking ocean : the past, present, and future of rising sea levels

June 12, 2013
Fagan, Brian M.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2013.
xxii, 265 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Minus one hundred twenty-two meters and climbing -- Millennia of dramatic change. Doggerland ; Euxine and Ta-Mehu ; "Marduk laid a reed on the face of the waters" -- Catastrophic forces. "Men were swept away by waves" ; "The whole shoreline filled" ; "The abyss of the depths was uncovered" ; "The whole is now one festering mess" ; The Golden Waterway ; "Wave in the harbor" -- Challenging inundations. A right to subsistence ; The dilemma of islands ; "The crookedest river in the world" ; "Here the tide is ruled, by the wind, the moon and us."
A history of climate change describes the dramatic evolution and stabilization of the oceans before the rise of humans approximately 6,000 years ago, tracing a significant rise in global temperatures since 1860 and how a rising sea level is affecting world populations. By the best-selling author of The Great Warming.

The handbook of meteorology

June 7, 2013
Spellman, Frank R.
Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013.
xi, 223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
"Book offers a condensed yet comprehensive survey of the science of weather: temperature, pressure, humidity, wind, pressure systems, fronts, storms, weather forecasts, cloud formation, weather tools, etc., with tables, a glossary, and illustrations to translate detailed technical information into terms that everyone can follow"--Provided by publisher.

Cincinnati flood : [collection of Cincinnati newspapers from January 21 to February 8, 1937].

March 27, 2013
[Cincinnati : Cincinnati Enquirer, Inc., 1937].
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 60 cm.
Title from spine.
Newspapers printed during the Ohio River flood and cleanup, Jan. 21-Feb. 8, 1937 in gray binding (60 x 42 x 19 cm).

The avalanche handbook

March 19, 2013
McClung, David.
Seattle, WA : Mountaineers Books, c2006.
342 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Character and effects of avalanches -- Elements of mountain snow climates and weather -- Snow formation and growth in the atmosphere and snowpack -- Avalanche formation -- Avalanche terrain, motion, and effects -- Elements of applied avalanche forecasting -- Classes of factors involved with evaluation of instability and forecasting -- ABCs for backcountry avalanche forecasting and decisions -- Safety measures and rescue -- Avalanche protection -- Appendix A: SI units -- Appendix B: Snow, avalanche, and weather observations -- Appendix C: Advanced snow crystal classification systems -- Appendix D: Snow avalanche size classification -- Appendix E: Recording avalanche events -- Appendix F: Danger, stability, and hazard rating scales -- Appendix G: International avalanche classification -- Appendix H: Examples of common explosives control procedures -- Appendix I: General references -- Index.

Storm kings : the untold history of America's first tornado chasers

February 27, 2013
Sandlin, Lee.
New York : Pantheon Books, c2013.
xxv, 266 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.
A riveting tale of the weather's most vicious monster -- the super cell tornado -- that recreates the origins of meteorology, and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists who helped change America.

The year without summer : 1816 and the volcano that darkened the world and changed history

February 21, 2013
Klingaman, William K.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
338 p. ; 25 cm.

River notes : a natural and human history of the Colorado

January 22, 2013
Davis, Wade.
Washington : Island Press, c2013.
162 p. : maps ; 22 cm
"Plugged by no fewer than twenty-five dams, the Colorado is the world's most regulated river, providing most of the water supply of Las Vegas, Tucson, and San Diego, and much of the power and water of Los Angeles and Phoenix, cities that are home to more than 25 million people. If it ceased flowing, the water held in its reservoirs might hold out for three to four years, but after that it would be necessary to abandon most of southern California and Arizona, and much of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. For the entire American Southwest the Colorado is indeed the river of life, which makes it all the more tragic and ironic that by the time it approaches its final destination, it has been reduced to a shadow upon the sand, its delta dry and deserted, its flow a toxic trickle seeping into the sea. In this remarkable blend of history, science, and personal observation, acclaimed author Wade Davis tells the story of America's Nile, how it once flowed freely and how human intervention has left it near exhaustion, altering the water temperature, volume, local species, and shoreline of the river Theodore Roosevelt once urged us to "leave it as it is." Yet despite a century of human interference, Davis writes, the splendor of the Colorado lives on in the river's remaining wild rapids, quiet pools, and sweeping canyons. The story of the Colorado River is the human quest for progress and its inevitable if unintended effects--and an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and foster the rebirth of America's most iconic waterway. A beautifully told story of historical adventure and natural beauty, River Notes is a fascinating journey down the river and through mankind's complicated and destructive relationship with one of its greatest natural resources"-- Provided by publisher.

Heat : adventures in the world's fiery places

January 14, 2013
Streever, Bill.
New York, NY : Little, Brown, and Co., 2013.
xvii, 349 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
A note on degrees Fahrenheit -- A candle's flame -- Raving thirst -- Unmanaged fire -- Cooked -- My children eat coal -- Rock oil -- Steaming mountains -- Boom -- The top of the thermometer.
"An adventurous ride through the most blisteringly hot regions of science, history, and culture. Melting glaciers, warming oceans, droughts-it's clear that today's world is getting hotter. But while we know the agony of a sunburn or the comfort of our winter heaters, do we really understand heat? A bestselling scientist and nature writer who goes to any extreme to uncover the answers, Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide and you'll firewalk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time-the big bang. Written in Streever's signature spare and refreshing prose, HEAT is an adventurous personal narrative that leaves readers with a new vision of an everyday experience-how heat works, its history, and its relationship to daily life"-- Provided by publisher.

The world is moving around me : a memoir of the Haiti earthquake

January 11, 2013
Laferrière, Dany.
Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2013, c2011.
183 p. ; 21 cm.
Originally published as: Tout bouge autour de moi, by Éditions Grosset et Fasquelle in 2011.

A great aridness : climate change and the future of the American southwest

June 27, 2012
DeBuys, William Eno.
New York : Oxford University Press, c2011.
xii, 369 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
High blue : the great downshift of dryness -- Oracle : global-change-type drought -- Sand Canyon : vanishing acts -- Janos : a mirror in time -- Lava Falls : the blood of oasis civilization -- The canal at river's end : thirsty Arizona -- Highway 79 revisited : "mega" trends in the Sun Corridor -- Apache Pass : crossing the line -- Mogollon Plateau : fires present and future -- Mt. Graham : the biopolitics of change -- Hawikku : welcome to the Anthropocene.
With its soaring azure sky and stark landscapes, the American Southwest is one of the most hauntingly beautiful regions on earth. Yet staggering population growth, combined with the intensifying effects of climate change, is driving the oasis-based society close to the brink of aDust-Bowl-scale catastrophe. In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised to bear theheaviest consequences of global environmental change in the United States. Examining interrelated factors such as vanishing wildlife, forest die backs, and the over-allocation of the already stressed Colorado River - upon which nearly 30 million people depend - the author narrates the landscape'shistory - and future. He tells the inspiring stories of the climatologists and others who are helping untangle the complex, interlocking causes and effects of global warming. And while the fate of this region may seem at first blush to be of merely local interest, what happens in the Southwest, deBuys suggests, will provide a glimpse of what other mid-latitude arid lands worldwide - the Mediterranean Basin, southern Africa, and the Middle East - will experience in the coming years. Written with an elegance that recalls the prose of John McPhee and Wallace Stegner, A Great Aridness offers an unflinching look at the dramatic effects of climate change occurring right now in our own backyard.

Waking the giant : how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes

June 6, 2012
McGuire, Bill, 1954-
Oxford : Oxford Univ Press, 2012.
xiv, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
The storm after the calm -- Once and future climate -- Nice day for an eruption -- Bouncing back -- Earth in motion -- Water, water, everywhere -- Reawakening the giant.
"The ground beneath our feet may seem safe and solid, but earthquakes, volcanic blasts and other hazardous natural phenomena leave us in no doubt that this isn't the case. The Earth is a dynamic planet of shifting tectonic plates that is responsive to change, particularly when there is a dramatic climate transition. We know that at the end of the last Ice Age, as the great glaciers disappeared, the release in pressure allowed the crust beneath to bounce back. At the same time, staggering volumes of melt water poured into the ocean basins, warping and bending the crust around their margins. The resulting tossing and turning provoked a huge resurgence in volcanic activity, seismic shocks, and monstrous landslides -- the last both above the waves and below. The frightening truth is that temperature rises expected this century are in line with those at the end of the Ice Age. All the signs, warns geophysical hazard specialist Bill McGuire, are that unmitigated climate change due to human activities could bring about a comparable response. Using evidence accumulated from studies of the recent history of our planet, and gleaned from current observations and modeling, he argues convincingly that we ignore at our peril the threats that presented by climate change and the waking giant beneath our feet."--Cover.

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