New Arrivals · Earth Sciences

May 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Still waters : the secret world of lakes

May 22, 2018
Stager, Curt, author.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.
241 pages : illustrations, charts ; 25 cm
Walden -- Waters of life, waters of death -- Lakes through the looking glass -- The Great Rift -- Galilee -- Sky water -- Heritage lakes.
An exploration of the world's most remarkable lakes examines the significance of humanity's impact on iconic inland waters, sharing their stories and how they represent history, culture, and the importance of conservation.

Tides and the ocean : water's movement around the world, from waves to whirlpools

May 17, 2018
Thomson, William, active 2016, author.
ix, 208 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Examines tides and related ocean phenomena around the world, including currents, rapids, whirlpools, tsunamis, bores, waves, and rips, and discusses the role of the moon, surfing, and the importance of keeping the oceans healthy.

Atlas of a lost world : travels in ice age America

May 4, 2018
Childs, Craig, 1967- author.
xvi, 269 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Land bridge: date unknown -- Inner Beringia: 25,000 years ago -- House of ice: 20,000 years ago -- The long coast: 17,000 years ago -- Playground of giants: 45,000 to 15,000 years ago -- Emergence: 16,000 to 14,000 years ago -- A dangerous Eden: 14,500 years ago -- Cult of the fluted point: 13,500 years ago -- The last mammoth hunt: 13,000 to 12,000 years ago -- American Babylon: 12,800 to 11,800 years ago -- The party at the beginning of the world: 11,000 years ago.
"From the author of Apocalyptic Planet, an unsparing, vivid, revelatory travelogue through prehistory that traces the arrival of the First People in North America twenty thousand years ago and the artifacts that enable us to imagine their lives and fates. Scientists squabble over the locations and dates for human arrival in the New World. The first explorers were few, encampments fleeting. At some point in time, between twenty and forty thousand years ago, sea levels were low enough that a vast land bridge was exposed between Asia and North America. But the land bridge was not the only way across. This book upends our notions of where these people came from and who they were. The unpeopled continent they reached was inhabited by megafauna--mastodons, sloths, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, lions, bison, and bears. The First People were not docile--Paleolithic spear points are still encrusted with the protein of their prey--but they were wildly outnumbered and many were prey to the much larger animals. This is a chronicle of the last millennia of the Ice Age, the gradual oscillations and retreat of glaciers, the clues and traces that document the first encounters of early humans, and the animals whose presence governed the humans' chances for survival"-- Provided by publisher.

Replenish : the virtuous cycle of water and prosperity

April 18, 2018
Postel, Sandra, author.
ix, 323 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Water Everywhere and Nowhere -- Back to Life -- Put Watersheds to Work -- Make Room for Floods -- Bank It for a Dry Day -- Fill the Earth -- Conserve in the City -- Clean It Up -- Close the Loop -- Let It Flow -- Rescue Desert Rivers -- Share.
"Sandra Postel takes readers around the world to explore water projects that work with, rather than against, nature's rhythms. In New Mexico, forest rehabilitation is safeguarding drinking water; along the Mississippi River, farmers are planting cover crops to reduce polluted runoff; and in China, "sponge cities" are capturing rainwater to curb urban flooding. Efforts like these will be essential as climate change disrupts both weather patterns and the models on which we base our infrastructure. We will be forced to adapt. The question is whether we will continue to fight the water cycle or recognize our place in it and take advantage of the inherent services nature offers. Water, Postel writes, is a gift, the source of life itself. How will we use this greatest of gifts?"--Jacket.

The man who caught the storm : the life of legendary tornado chaser Tim Samaras

April 5, 2018
Hargrove, Brantley, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
295 pages ; 24 cm
The watcher -- A boy with an engineer's mind -- This love affair with the sky -- the spark -- Catching the tornado -- The cowboy science -- A turtle in the wild -- The toreador -- Stratford, Texas -- Manchester, South Dakota -- Doubling down -- A team of upstarts -- TWISTEX takes the gravel road -- Quinter, Kansas -- "You have my only son" -- Warnings -- Bowdle, South Dakota -- A dead end, a new chance -- Chase nirvana -- A shift in the wind -- El Reno, Oklahoma -- The dragon's tail -- The crossing -- The last ride -- How far from daylight -- Ground truth -- The signs -- Tim's legacy.
Documents the life and achievements of late engineer and storm chaser Tim Samaras, describing his development of innovative new tools and his life-risking efforts in pursuit of scientific information that has transformed the field of meteorology.

Water is ... : the meaning of water

March 14, 2018
Munteanu, Nina, author.
583 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Co-published by: Starfire World Syndicate.
Part history, part science and part philosophy and spirituality, "Water Is ..." combines personal journey with scientific discovery that explores water's many identities and ultimately our own.

[1937 Ohio River flood in Cincinnati, Ohio].

February 20, 2018
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Bob Kuntz, [1937]
40 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 37 cm
Title supplied by cataloger.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, shelved in Inland Rivers Library. Has original black boards inscribed with gold decorations bound by black shoestring.
Scrapbook of photographs and newspaper articles from the Cincinnati times-star covering the Ohio River flood and cleanup, Jan. 22-March 10, 1937. Photographs were primarily taken in Northside, South Cumminsville, and Fairmout. Compiled by Bob Kuntz.

Natural wonders of the world

February 14, 2018
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2017.
440 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 31 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- North America -- Central & South America -- Europe -- Africa -- Asia -- Australia & New Zealand -- Antarctica -- The oceans -- Extreme weather.
Introduces some of Earth's most fascinating and beautiful natural landmarks through landscape photography, 3-D terrian models, illustrations, and other explanatory artwork.

Coasts in crisis : a global challenge

February 6, 2018
Griggs, Gary B., author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
xiv, 343 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction to Humans and Coasts. Human settlement of the coastal zone -- Natural Processes and Hazards Affecting Coastal Regions. Coastal tectonics and hazards -- Tropical cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons -- Storms, waves, coastal erosion, and shoreline retreat -- Climate change and sea-level rise -- Impacts of Human Activities on Coasts. Marine pollution -- Plastic and marine debris -- Petroleum and the coastal zone -- Coastal power plants -- Renewable energy from the coastal zone -- Groundwater and petroleum withdrawal : subsidence and seawater intrusion -- Desalination : fresh water from the ocean -- Carbon dioxide, climate change, and ocean acidification -- Coral reefs and threats to their health and survival -- Fishing, overfishing, and aquaculture -- Aquatic invasive species -- Sand, dams, and beaches.
"Almost half of the planet's population now lives in the coastal zone. The impacts of these people--three billion and rising--are increasingly affecting the most dynamic and constantly changing environments on Earth. All shorelines are also experiencing a rising sea level, which is causing coastal erosion and flooding, and what may be a more severe future storm and wave climate. Future sea-level rise may be the greatest challenge human civilization has ever faced. Dense populations are taking a toll on the coastal zone, impacting not only the shoreline itself, but also the near shore waters. The myriad effects include industrial, agricultural, and domestic runoff and discharge; the disposal and accumulation of plastic and other marine debris; extraction of groundwater and petroleum leading to sea water intrusion and ground subsidence; large port developments with their thousands of ships and their associated impacts; overfishing and loss of habitats; and impacts of dams, sand mining, and coastal engineering structures on sandy beaches. Individual hazards, risks, and issues have been studied and written about individually, but there is no reference, book, or source until this one that treats the entire coastal zone as a region under threat. While there are more examples included from California and the United States, the book covers issues and environments from a global perspective so that this book will be useful and informative for students or readers anywhere on the planet"--Provided by publisher.

The oceans : a deep history

February 6, 2018
Rohling, Eelco J., author.
viii, 262 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
1. Introduction -- 2. Origins. Building a planet, shaping the oceans ; Water, salt, and circulation ; Life, oxygen, and carbon -- 3. Controls on change. Orbital and solar changes ; Greenhouse gases ; Plate tectonics ; Impacts -- 4. Snowball Earth and the explosions of life. Into the freezer ; Out of the freezer, into a greenhouse ; A tale of two explosions ; Reverberations -- 5. Oceans on acid. About acidification ; Acidification in action -- 6. The age of reptiles. Choking oceans ; Salty giants -- 7. Winter is coming. Reconstructing sea-level change ; The great northern ice ages ; Ocean controls on CO₂ ; A seesaw in the ocean -- 8. Future oceans and climate. Our carbon emissions ; Consequences -- Epilogue.
"The 4.4-billion-year history of the oceans and their role in Earth's climate system. It has often been said that we know more about the moon than we do about our own oceans. In fact, we know a great deal more about the oceans than many people realize. Scientists know that our actions today are shaping the oceans and climate of tomorrow--and that if we continue to act recklessly, the consequences will be dire. In this timely and accessible book, Eelco Rohling traces the 4.4 billion-year history of Earth's oceans while also shedding light on the critical role they play in our planet's climate system. Beginning with the formation of primeval Earth and the earliest appearance of oceans, Rohling takes readers on a journey through prehistory to the present age, vividly describing the major events in the ocean's evolution--from snowball and greenhouse Earth to the end-Permian mass extinction, the breakup of the Pangaea supercontinent, and the changing climate of today. Along the way, he explores the close interrelationships of the oceans, climate, solid Earth processes, and life, using the context of Earth and ocean history to provide perspective on humankind's impacts on the health and habitability of our planet--and on what the future may hold for us. An invaluable introduction to the cutting-edge science of paleoceanography, The Oceans enables you to make your own informed opinions about the environmental challenges we face as a result of humanity's unrelenting drive to exploit the world ocean and its vital resources."--Publisher's website.

A farewell to ice : a report from the Arctic

January 25, 2018
Wadhams, P., author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xv, 240 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Introduction : a blue Arctic -- Ice, the magic crystal -- A brief history of ice on planet Earth -- The modern cycle of ice ages -- The greenhouse effect -- Sea ice meltback begins -- The future of Arctic sea ice : the death spiral -- The accelerating effects of Arctic feedbacks -- Arctic methane, a catastrophe in the making -- Strange weather -- The secret life of chimneys -- What's happening to the Antarctic? -- The state of the planet -- A call to arms.
"Based on five decades of research and observation, a haunting and unsparing look at the melting ice caps, and what their disappearance will mean. Peter Wadhams has been studying ice first-hand since 1970, completing 50 trips to the world's poles and observing for himself the changes over the course of nearly five decades. His conclusions are stark: the ice caps are melting. Following the hottest summer on record, sea ice in September 2016 was the thinnest in recorded history. There is now the probability that within a few years the North Pole will be ice-free for the first time in 10,000 years, entering what some call the "Arctic death spiral." As sea ice, as well as land ice on Greenland and Antarctica, continues to melt, the rise in sea levels will devastate coastal communities across the world. The collapse of summer ice in the Arctic will release large amounts of methane currently trapped by offshore permafrost. Methane has twenty-three times greater greenhouse warming effect per molecule than CO2; an ice-free arctic summer will therefore have an albedo effect nearly equivalent to that of the last thirty years. A sobering but urgent and engaging book, A Farewell to Ice shows us ice's role on our planet, its history, and the true dimensions of the current global crisis, offering readers concrete advice about what they can do, and what must be done."--Provided by publisher.

Natural disaster : I cover them. I am one.

January 23, 2018
Zee, Ginger, author.
282 pages ; 22 cm
Runaway bride -- A weird little girl with even weirder dreams -- The first hint of depression -- Otis/Flint -- WOOD TV -- Katrina -- Brad -- Interview in Chicago -- Chicago -- The politician -- Trolls and TV -- Teaching and science -- ABC interview -- Fixing myself -- Cracking my code -- A new, better me -- Transition to ABC -- The ABCs of travel -- El Reno -- Ben -- Key West -- Grateful.
ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee pulls back the curtain on her life in Natural Disaster. Ginger grew up in small-town Michigan where she developed an obsession with weather as a young girl. Ginger opens up about her lifelong battle with crippling depression, her romances that range from misguided to dangerous, and her tumultuous professional path. This cyclone of stories may sound familiar to some-it's just that Ginger's personal tempests happened while she was covering some of the most devastating storms in recent history, including a ferocious tornado that killed a legend in the meteorology field.

China Lake : a journey into the contradicted heart of a global climate catastrophe

January 11, 2018
Baumgart, Barret, 1987- author.
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2017]
xii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Foreword / by Jesús Castillo -- Yesterday -- Today -- Tomorrow -- Forever -- Epilogue.
"Barret Baumgart's literary debut presents a haunting and deeply personal portrait of civilization poised at the precipice, a picture of humanity caught between its deepest past and darkest future. In the fall of 2013, during the height of California's historic drought, Baumgart toured the remote military base, NAWS China Lake, near Death Valley, California. His mother, the survivor of a recent stroke, decided to come along for the ride. She hoped the alleged healing power of the base's ancient Native American hot springs might cure her crippling headaches. Baumgart sought to debunk claims that the military was spraying the atmosphere with toxic chemicals to control the weather. What follows is a discovery that threatens to sever not only the bonds between mother and son but between planet Earth and life itself. Stalking the fringes of Internet conspiracy, speculative science, and contemporary archaeology, Baumgart weaves memoir, military history, and investigative journalism in a dizzying journey that carries him from the cornfields of Iowa to drought-riddled California, from the Vietnam jungle to the caves of prehistoric Europe and eventually the walls of the US Capitol, the sparkling white hallways of the Pentagon, and straight into the contradicted heart of a worldwide climate emergency"-- Provided by publisher.

Reading the rocks : how Victorian geologists discovered the secret of life

December 21, 2017
Maddox, Brenda, author.
xii, 254 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain 2017"--Title page verso.
The abyss of time -- Healthful exertion -- Down the mines -- Vestiges of paternity -- Fighting fellows -- Dating the deluge -- On the beach -- Dinosaur wars -- Celibacy galore -- From Siluria to the Moon -- Alps on Alps arise -- Darwin the geologist -- The iceman cometh -- Footprints in Pennsylvania -- At last, the big question -- Origin of Origin -- The whole orang -- Museum pieces -- Then and now.
This is a group biography of the first geologists, the people who were first to excavate from the layers of the world its buried history. These first geologists were made up primarily of gentlemen with the necessary wealth to support their interests, yet also included clergymen, academics and women. The new science of geology was pursued by this assorted band because it opened a window on Earth's ancient past. They showed courage in facing the conflict between geology and Genesis as the rocks and fossils showed that the Earth was immeasurably old, rather than springing from a creation made in the six days that the Bible claimed. This book tells the individual stories of this group, their hope and fears, triumphs and disappointments, the theological, philosophical and scientific debates their findings provoked, and the way that as a group, they were to change our understanding of the world.

The water will come : rising seas, sinking cities, and the remaking of the civilized world

November 7, 2017
Goodell, Jeff, author.
340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: Atlantis -- The oldest story ever told -- Living with Noah -- New climate land -- Air Force One -- Real estate roulette -- The Ferrari on the seafloor -- Walled cities -- Weapon of mass destruction -- Climate apartheid -- Miami is drowning -- The long goodbye -- Epilogue: Condo diving.
"What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster. By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it. The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world"

Aerial geology : a high-altitude tour of North America's spectacular volcanoes, canyons, glaciers, lakes, craters, and peaks

October 16, 2017
Morton, Mary Caperton, author.
303 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 28 cm

Geoengineering Earth's climate : resetting the thermostat

October 16, 2017
Swanson, Jennifer, author.
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, [2018]
96 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
An abrupt change in climate -- Time to get serious -- Capturing carbon -- Rock and roll -- Carbon in the water -- Shading the planet -- Geoengineering our future.
How can we combat climate warming? Some scientists say geoengineeringinterfering with Earth's systems to counteract climate changeis the answer. Explore ideas such as reforestation, space mirrors, and carbon capture, and learn about the pros and cons of these controversial technologies.

Tides : the science and spirit of the ocean

September 14, 2017
White, Jonathan, 1956- author.
San Antonio, Texas : Trinity University Press, [2017]
xvi, 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Peter Matthiessen -- In deep : an introduction -- The perfect dance : birds and big tides in the Bay of Fundy -- Star of our life : a meditation on tide history at Mont Saint-Michel -- Silver dragon : China's Qiantang River tidal bore -- The last magician : Sir Isaac Newton and the scientific revolution -- Big waves : surfing mavericks and nineteenth-century tide theories -- Fast water : how tidal currents slow the Earth and bend time -- Big tides and resonance : Fundy and Ungava -- Turning the tide : grinding wheat, powering homes -- Higher tides : sea level rise from Kuna Yala to Venice.
"Combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into tides--that elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet's waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides."-- Provided by publisher.

Koh-in-noor : the history of the world's most infamous diamond

September 12, 2017
Dalrymple, William, author.
vi, 335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 23 cm.
"The Koh-i-noor is the world's most famous diamond, but it has always had a fog of mystery around it. Now, using previously untranslated Sanskrit, Persian and Urdu sources, and the discoveries of modern gemmologists to reconstruct its original form, William Dalrymple and Anita Ananad blow away the legends to reveal its true history--stranger, and more violent, than any fiction."--From dust jacket.

Quakeland : on the road to America's next devastating earthquake

August 28, 2017
Miles, Kathryn, 1974-
New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
viii, 357 pages ; 24 cm
Land made for you and me. Their campsite, our core ; A beautiful place for an earthquake ; Coffee in Salt Lake ; Our floating world ; Cold storage -- A wealth of water and rock. Dam busting with Sensurround G-forces! ; The Big Muddy ; Thank God for FedEx ; The Lucky Friday mine ; Digging back East ; Our ingenious wells ; The earthquake fighters of Oklahoma ; Tank farms on the prairie ; Cool stuff to store in mines -- The voice of rage and ruin. Blocks and blocks ; Gimme shelter ; The school ; Predicting the unpredictable ; Is the sky falling? ; Your two-minute warning.
Earthquakes. You need to worry about them only if you're in San Francisco, right? Wrong. We have been making enormous changes to subterranean America, and Mother Earth, as always, has been making some of her own. . . . The consequences for our real estate, our civil engineering, and our communities will be huge because they will include earthquakes most of us do not expect and cannot imagine - at least not without reading Quakeland. Kathryn Miles descends into mines in the Northwest, visits the South to see what the Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis is learning about the next major US quake, uncovers the horrific risks of an earthquake in the Northeast, and interviews the people around the country who are addressing this ground shaking threat.

Meteorology : cool women who weather storms

August 24, 2017
Gibson, Karen Bush, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota: Nomad Press, [2017]
106 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
What is meteorology? -- A history of meteorology -- Kelly Cass -- Bianca Hernadez -- Pamela Heinselman.

The great quake : how the biggest earthquake in North America changed our understanding of the planet

August 8, 2017
Fountain, Henry, author.
vii, 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Altered state -- Under the mountain -- An accident of geography -- Clam broth and beer -- The floating world -- Spiking out -- Before the storm -- Faults -- Shaken -- Stunned -- The barnacle line -- Rebuilding -- Deep thinking -- Acceptance -- Epilogue.
"In the tradition of Erik Larson's Isaac's Storm, a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in recorded history in North America--the 1964 Alaskan earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and obliterated the coastal village of Chenega--and the scientist sent to look for geological clues to explain the dynamics of earthquakes, who helped to confirm the then controversial theory of plate tectonics. On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m., the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America--and the second biggest ever in the world, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale--struck Alaska, devastating coastal towns and villages and killing more than 130 people in what was then a relatively sparsely populated region. In a riveting tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain, in his first trade book, re-creates the lives of the villagers and townspeople living in Chenega, Anchorage, and Valdez; describes the sheer beauty of the geology of the region, with its towering peaks and 20-mile-long glaciers; and reveals the impact of the quake on the towns, the buildings, and the lives of the inhabitants. George Plafker, a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey with years of experience scouring the Alaskan wilderness, is asked to investigate the Prince William Sound region in the aftermath of the quake, to better understand its origins. His work confirmed the then controversial theory of plate tectonics that explained how and why such deadly quakes occur, and how we can plan for the next one"-- Provided by publisher.

My little book of rocks, minerals, and gems

July 20, 2017
Martin, Claudia, author.
64 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Our rocky planet -- Igneous rocks -- Metamorphic rocks -- Sedimentary rocks -- Minerals -- Gems -- Glossary.
"For those with curious minds starting to take note of the world around them, the basic materials from which our planet is made raise a multitude of questions. What are rocks and minerals? Why are there so many different kinds? From the way that rocks are formed to identifying gem stones, [this book] provides the answers for budding geologists, using clear, concise text along with full color illustrations and photographs."

Caesar's last breath : decoding the secrets of the air around us

July 17, 2017
Kean, Sam, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
viii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The last breath -- Making air: our first four atmospheres -- Earth's early air -- The exploding lake -- The devil in the air -- Welding a dangerous weapon -- The curse and blessing of oxygen -- Hotter than the Dickens -- Harnessing air: the human relationship with air -- The wonder-working gas of delight -- Le Pétomane -- Controlled chaos -- Steeling yourself for tragedy -- Into the blue -- Night lights -- Frontiers: the new heavens -- The fallout of fallout -- Albert Einstein and the people's fridge -- Weather wars -- Rumbles from Roswell -- Putting on alien airs.
A round-the-globe journey through the periodic table explains how the air people breathe reflects the world's history, tracing the origins and ingredients of the atmosphere to explain air's role in reshaping continents, steering human progress, and powering revolutions.

Darwin's first theory : exploring Darwin's quest for a theory of earth

April 11, 2017
Wesson, R. L. (Robert L.), author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
xxi, 457 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Map on end papers.
A peculiar obsession -- Darwin in the field. The lieutenant and the beetle collector ; Field trip with a master : the state of geology ; Setting out : the adventures begin ; The first years of the voyage ; Patagonia : the great workshop of nature ; Maria Graham and the debate on the causes of elevation ; Darwin's earthquake ; The Andes rising ; Coral reefs and the sinking bottom of the sea -- Darwin theorizing. Faith comforts, facts persuade ; The theory comes together ; Extending the theory : the parallel roads of Glen Roy -- Back on Darwin's trail. From uplift to evolution ; From natural selection to plate tectonics ; In the Beagle's wake ; The Chilean earthquake of 2010 ; Now you see them, now you don't ; Reflections : what does it all mean?
"Everybody knows-- or thinks they know-- Charles Darwin, the father of evolution and the man who altered the way we view our place in the world. But what most people do not know is that Darwin was on board the HMS Beagle as a geologist-- not on a mission to examine the land, not flora and fauna. Retracing Darwin's footsteps in South America and beyond, geologist Rob Wesson treks across the Andes, cruises waters charted by the Beagle, hunts for fossils in Uruguay and Argentina, and explores sites of long vanished glaciers in Scotland and Wales. As he follows Darwin's path-- literally and intellectually-- Wesson experiences the land as Darwin did, engages with his observations, and tackles the same questions Darwin had about our ever-changing Earth. Upon his return from his five-year journey aboard the Beagle, after examining the effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and more, Darwin conceived his theory of subsidence and uplift-- his first theory. These concepts and attitudes-- the vastness of time; the enormous cumulative impact of almost imperceptibly slow change; change as a constant feature of the environment-- underlie Darwin's subsequent discoveries in evolution. And this peculiar way of thinking remains vitally important today as we enter the human-dominated Anthropocene age" --Inside jacket.

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