New Arrivals · Earth Sciences

April 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Rain : a natural and cultural history

April 24, 2015
Barnett, Cynthia, 1966- author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
355 pages ; 24 cm
Origins -- Elemental rain. Cloudy with a chance of civilization ; Drought, deluge, and devilry ; Praying for rain -- Chance of rain. The weather watchers ; The articles of rain -- American rain. Founding forecaster ; Rain follows the plow ; The rainmakers -- Capturing the rain. Writers on the storm ; The scent of rain ; City -- Mercurial rain. Strange rain ; And the forecast calls for change -- Waiting for rain.
Cynthia Barnett's "Rain "begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science--the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains--with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. As climate change upends rai nfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world.

Island on fire : the extraordinary story of a forgotten volcano that changed the world

April 13, 2015
Witze, Alexandra, author.
224 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Originally published with subtitle: The extraordinary story of Laki, the forgotten volcano that turned eighteenth-century Europe dark. London : Profile Books, 2014. With new foreword.
"January 2015"--Title page verso.
Preface : Heimaey, 1973 -- 1. Laki erupts : June 1783 -- 2. Land of ice and fire : the volcanoes of Iceland -- 3. Supervolcanoes : the world's hotspots -- 4. Fire, famine and death : the poisoning of Iceland -- 5. Horrible phenomena : Europe's 'year of wonders' -- 6. The big chill : Laki's global fallout -- 7. Laki today : life in the mountain's shadow -- 8. Death by volcano : the many ways eruptions can kill -- 9. The next big bang : how worried should we be? -- Epilogue : Return to history.

Reef libre : Cuba, the last, best reefs in the world

March 19, 2015
Wintner, Robert, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Taylor Trade Publishing, [2015]
265 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm + 1 videodisc (sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)
Includes index.
Reef Libre -- Cayo Largo -- Cuba hoy -- Jardines de la Reina -- Tengo dos -- Night in Havana! -- Political reefs -- Are you now or have you ever been ... -- The older man and the sea -- Finito, for now.

Index of surface-water records to September 30, 1970. Part 3, Ohio River Basin.

March 16, 2015
Washington : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1971.
71 pages : map ; 27 cm.

Index of surface-water records to September 30, 1970. part 5, Hudson Bay and Upper Mississippi River basins.

March 16, 2015
Washington [D.C.] : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1971.
65 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"This report ... supersedes Geological Survey Circular 575"--Page 1.

Index of surface-water records : part 7, lower Mississippi River basin to September 30, 1950

March 16, 2015
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1951.
16 pages ; 27 cm.

Time of travel of water in the great Miami River : Dayton to Cleves, Ohio

March 16, 2015
Bauer, Daniel P., 1941-
Washington : [U.S. Dept. of the Interior], 1968.
iii, 15 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
"Prepared in cooperation with the Miami conservancy district."

Ohio rocks! : a guide to geologic sites in the Buckeye State

March 12, 2015
Dickas, Albert Brinkley, 1933-
Missoula, Montana : Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2015.
ix, 133 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm

A rough ride to the future

February 6, 2015
Lovelock, James, 1919- author.
xvi, 183 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"Presents a radical vision of humanity's future as the thinking brain of our Earth-system, ... the author's reflections on how scientific advances are made, and on his own remarkable life as a lone scientist."--Provided by publisher.

Brachiopods from the Maxville Limestone (Mississippian) of Ohio

January 6, 2015
Hoare, Richard David, 1927-
Columbus : State of Ohio, Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, 2003.
iii, 16 p., [10] p. of plates : ill., map ; 28 cm.

Subsurface geology of the Serpent Mound disturbance, Adams, Highland, and Pike counties, Ohio

January 6, 2015
Columbus : State of Ohio, Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, 2003.
60 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Supplemented by plates 1 through 3 in separate envelope.
"RI146"--P. [4] of cover.

Ocean worlds : the story of seas on Earth and other planets

December 29, 2014
Zalasiewicz, J. A., author.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xi, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

The world's beaches : [a global guide to the science of the shoreline]

December 17, 2014
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
xvi, 283 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Subtitle from cover.

Earth's deep history : how it was discovered and why it matters

December 11, 2014
Rudwick, M. J. S., author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
ix, 360 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Making history a science -- Nature's own antiquities -- Sketching big pictures -- Expanding time and history -- Bursting the limits of time -- Worlds before Adam -- Disturbing a consensus -- Human history in nature's history -- Eventful deep history -- Global histories of the earth -- One planet among many.

Superstorm : nine days inside Hurricane Sandy

December 8, 2014
Miles, Kathryn, 1974- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2014]
359 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded-a hurricane like no other. The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm's immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the traditional maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen: What exactly was this thing? By the time anyone decided, it was too late. And then the storm made landfall. Sandy was not just enormous, it was also unprecedented. As a result, the entire nation was left flat-footed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration couldn't issue reliable warnings; the Coast Guard didn't know what to do. In Superstorm, journalist Kathryn Miles takes readers inside the maelstrom, detailing the stories of dedicated professionals at the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. The characters include a forecaster who risked his job to sound the alarm in New Jersey, the crew of the ill-fated tall ship Bounty, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, and countless coastal residents whose homes--and lives--were torn apart and then left to wonder. When is the next superstorm coming?"-- Provided by publisher.

Mars up close : inside the Curiosity mission

November 3, 2014
Kaufman, Marc, author.
302 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes index.
The landing -- On Bradbury Rise -- Getting started -- The river -- Mars looks different -- In search of organics -- A habitable place? -- The anomaly -- Stories in stone -- Driving Curiosity -- The promised land -- Fourth planet astrobiology -- Humans to Mars -- Reflections.
"National Geographic and science journalist Marc Kaufman combine inside stories, fascinating facts, and eye-popping pictures, some never before seen, of the red planet and NASA's groundbreaking Curiosity mission. Renowned author Kaufman spent two years embedded with the engineers and scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, cheering on the rover's spine-tingling landing, learning the backstory of anticipated findings, and witnessing the inescapable frustrations that come from operating a $2.5-billion multitasking robot on a planet 35 million miles from Earth. With images never published before, and computer-enhanced with colors that make you want to spend your next vacation on Mars, this is the only book that explains everything, detail by detail and moment by moment, about the most ambitious space expedition the human race has ever undertaken."--Provided by publisher.

Tornado '74 summary of operations of the City of Cincinnati after the April 3, 1974 tornado

October 31, 2014
Cincinnati (Ohio). Department of Buildings and Inspections, issuing body.
Cincinnati, Ohio : City of Cincinnati, [1974]
9 pages : map ; 28 cm.
Cover title.
Attachments include map and three issues of Sayler Park Emergency Information dated through April 11, 1974.

What is the future of fossil fuels? : Hal Marcovitz.

October 20, 2014
Marcovitz, Hal.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc., [2013]
80 p. : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.

Earthquakes in Ohio

October 16, 2014
Hansen, Michael C.
[Columbus, Ohio] : Division of Geological Survey, 2000.
1 folded sheet (20 p.) : ill. (some col.), maps ; 22 cm.
Title from p. [1].

The Ice Age in Ohio

October 16, 2014
Hansen, Michael C.
Columbus, Ohio : Division of Geological Survey, 1997.
1 folded sheet (20 p.) : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 22 cm.
Title from p. [1].
"Publication date: 9/98"--p. [20].

Storm surge : Hurricane Sandy, our changing climate, and extreme weather of the past and future

October 9, 2014
Sobel, Adam H., 1967- author.
New York, NY : HarperWave, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xxii, 314 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

Curiosity : an inside look at the Mars rover mission and the people who made it happen

October 2, 2014
Pyle, Rod, author.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
300 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
Death Valley days -- Tango Delta : touchdown -- A long road to a Red Planet -- Setting the stage -- The scarecrow -- Laying the foundation : Mars Pathfinder -- Curiosity's cousins : Spirit and Opportunity -- A whole new ball game -- Where to go? -- The science platform -- Rocks, rocks, rocks! -- Earth attacks! -- Delays, delays... -- My Mars -- Hurtling to Mars -- Sky crane -- Arriving -- Weird watches : living on Mars time -- The orbiters : help from above -- First moves -- Meetings -- Place names and paranoia -- On to Glenelg -- "One for the history books..." -- Interlude : post AGU Conference -- The yellow brick road -- The drill -- Calling John Klein -- Red Mars, gray Mars -- Go southwest, young rover -- Discoveries! -- A drive to Mount Sharp -- Epilogue: You gotta have curiosity.
"The story of the people who designed, built, launched, landed, and are now operating the Mars rover Curiosity. Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity--the unmanned rover that is now providing researchers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will also join Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet, on its journey of discovery. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into how this enthusiastic team of diverse individuals uses a revolutionary onboard laboratory of chemistry, geology, and physics instruments to unravel the profound secrets of the Red Planet. Readers will meet: Robert Manning, chief engineer for every rover mission since Pathfinder; John Grotzinger, the chief scientist of the entire mission; Vandi Tompkins, the software designer who keeps the rover on track; Bobak Ferdowski, famed "Mohawk Guy" from Mission Control; Adam Steltzner, the Elvis-like Entry, Descent and Landing Lead; David Chen, chief of flight dynamics and the voice of JPL during Curiosity's treacherous landing; and many others. And of course, Pyle describes the adventures of the Curiosity rover itself, from landing through the first samples, drilling, and discovering a habitable past on the planet, to reaching the ultimate target: Mount Sharp, in the center of Gale Crater. America is once again at the forefront of a new space age and Curiosity is just the beginning of many exciting new discoveries to come"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't even think about it : why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

September 16, 2014
Marshall, George, author.
260 pages ; 25 cm
Questions -- We'll deal with that lofty stuff some other day : why disaster victims do not want to talk about climate change -- Speaking as a layman : why we think that extreme weather shows we were right all along -- You never get to see the whole picture : how the Tea Party fails to notice the greatest threat to its values -- Polluting the message : how science becomes infected with social meaning -- The jury of our peers : how we follow the people around us -- The power of the mob : how bullies hide in the crowd -- Through a glass darkly : the strange mirror world of climate deniers -- Inside the elephant : why we keep searching for enemies -- The two brains : why we are so poorly evolved to deal with climate change -- Familiar yet unimaginable : why climate change does not feel dangerous -- Uncertain long-term costs : how our cognitive biases line up against climate change -- Them, there, and then : how we push climate change far away -- Costing the earth : why we want to gain the whole world yet lose our lives -- Certain about the uncertainty : how we use uncertainty as a justification for inaction -- Paddling in the pool of worry : how we choose what to ignore -- Don't even talk about it! : the invisible force field of climate silence -- The non-perfect non-storm : why we think that climate change is impossibly difficult -- Cockroach tours : how museums struggle to tell the climate story -- Tell me a story : why lies can be so appealing -- Powerful words : how the words we use affect the way we feel -- Communicator trust : why the messenger is more important than the message -- If they don't understand the theory, talk about it over and over and over again : why climate science does not move people -- Protect, ban, save, and stop : how climate change became environmentalist -- Polarization : why polar bears make it harder to accept climate change -- Turn off your lights or the puppy gets it : how doomsday becomes dullsville -- Bright-siding : the dangers of positive dreams -- Winning the argument : how a scientific discourse turned into a debating slam -- Two billion bystanders : how Live Earth tried and failed to build a movement -- Postcard from Hopenhagen : how climate negotiations keep preparing for the drama yet to come -- Precedents and presidents : how climate policy lost the plot -- Wellhead and tailpipe : why we keep fueling the fire we want to put out -- The black gooey stuff : why oil companies await our permission to go out of business -- Moral imperatives : how we diffuse responsibility for climate change -- What did you do in the great climate war, Daddy? : why we don't really care what our children think -- The power of one : how climate change became your fault -- Degrees of separation : how the climate experts cope with what they know -- Intimations of mortality : why the future goes dark -- From the head to the heart : the phony division between science and religion -- Climate conviction : what the green team can learn from the God squad -- Why we are wired to ignore climate change-- and why we are wired to take action -- In a nutshell : some personal and highly biased ideas for digging our way out of this hole.

The complete illustrated guide to minerals, rocks & fossils of the world : a comprehensive reference to over 700 minerals, rocks, plant and animal fossils from around the globe and how to identify them, with over 2000 photographs and illustrations

September 2, 2014
Farndon, John.
London : Southwater, 2012.
512 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps, ports. ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
pt. 1. Rocks and minerals. Understanding rocks and minerals ; Directory of rocks and minerals -- pt. 2. Fossils. Fossils and fossil-hunting ; Directory of fossils.
Profiles rocks, minerals, and plant and animal fossils, with in-depth descriptions of their qualities and properties, an introduction to how rocks and fossils form, and how they are classified.

Secrets underground : North America's buried past

July 11, 2014
MacLeod, Elizabeth, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Annick Press, [2014]
88 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
In Secrets Underground, history buff Elizabeth MacLeod introduces readers to a fascinating world. Learn about the Civil War secrets carefully concealed in Organ Cave, West Virginia, the top-secret equipment that lies deep below Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the network of tunnels in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, that once hid victims of persecution, and much more. MacLeod explains how these lost and hidden subterranean passages, spaces, and caves answer decades-old puzzles, help us understand our own past, and lead us to discover what life was really like in eras gone by.

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