New Arrivals · Earth Sciences

January 15, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Geochronology, dating, and Precambrian time : the beginning of the world as we know it

January 14, 2020
New York, NY : Britannica Educational Pub. in association with Rosen Educational Services, 2011.
245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Geologic time -- Dating -- Precambrian time.
Though it encompasses the majority of the Earths history, much about Precambrian time still remains unknown to us. With its climate extremes and unstable surfaces, Precambrian Earth hardly resembled the planet we see today. Yet for all its differences, it made the existence of future generations possible. This volume helps unlock the mysteries of prehistory by considering available geologic evidence while providing a deep dive into the finesses of geochronology.

Painless earth science

December 17, 2019
Denecke, Edward J.
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, ©2011.
v, 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Earth's structure -- The atmosphere -- Weather and climate -- The hydrosphere -- The lithosphere -- Weathering -- Erosion and deposition -- Earthquakes and volcanoes -- Plate tectonics -- Earth's history -- Earth in space.
Presents a guide to the fundamentals of Earth science, including the studies of geology, earthquakes, volcanoes, and climate, and provides quizzes with full explanations of each answer.

Snow : a scientific and cultural exploration

December 6, 2019
Whittell, Giles, author.
ix, 246 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2018 by Short Books.
Go on an extraordinary journey across centuries and continents to experience the wonders of snow; from the prehistoric humans that trekked and even skied across it tens of thousands of years ago to the multi-billion-dollar industry behind our moving, making, and playing with snow. Giles Whittell explores how snow dictates where we live, provides us with drinking water, and has influenced countless works of art and more. Whittell also uncovers compelling mysteries of this miraculous substance, such as why avalanches happen, how snow saved a British prime minister's life, where the legend of the yeti comes from, and the terrifying truth behind the opening ceremony of the 1960 winter Olympics.

Chasing the sun : how the science of sunlight shapes our bodies and minds

October 8, 2019
Geddes, Linda, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
240 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The body clocks -- The body electric -- Shift work -- Doctor sunshine -- Protection factor -- A dark place -- Midnight sun -- Light cure -- Fine-tuning the clock -- Clocks for society.
Our biology is set up to work in partnership with the sun. Little wonder then that humans have long worshipped and revered our nearest star: life itself arose on earth because its relationship with the sun was a special one, and that relationship still affects us well into the era of electric lighting, indoor workdays, and vitamin D supplements. The fascinating stories, innovative science, and unique perspectives in this book make it clear that the ancients were right to put the sun at the center of our world, and it is crucial that we remember this bond as we shape our lives today. -- Publisher's description.

The science of climate change : a hands-on course

August 9, 2019
Lee, Blair H. author.
United States :, 2019.
92 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm
A hands-on course begins with the molecules that make air and builds from there covering the Greenhouse effect, global warming, the difference between climate and weather, and climate change. In a step-by-step fashion, including 18 hands-on-labs and activities, this course clearly teaches the science of explaining the current environmental crisis.
The greenhouse effect -- Global Warming -- Climate Change -- What can be done to help?

Gemstones : a jewelry maker's guide to identifying and using beautiful rocks

July 1, 2019
Crowe, Judith, author.
191 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Gemstone identification -- Gemstone appraisal -- Technical methods of identification -- Color -- Gemmological information -- Properties of Gemstone material -- Optical properties -- Inclusions -- Sources -- Gemstone treatments -- Synthetics and Imitations -- Cutting -- Pricing and Grading -- Gemstone Directory -- Birthstones.
"A complete reference for goldsmiths, jewelers, and jewelry makers, this beautiful book is a comprehensive guide to identifying, buying, using, and caring for a dazzling array of jewels and gems"-- Back cover.

The weather machine : a journey inside the forecast

June 21, 2019
Blum, Andrew, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
x, 207 pages ; 23 cm
"From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour of the infrastructure behind the weather forecast, the people who built it, and what it reveals about our climate and our planet. The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It's a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones, and often the first thing we check each morning. Yet behind these quotidian interactions is one of the most expansive machines human beings have ever constructed -- a triumph of science, technology and global cooperation. But what is this 'weather machine' and who created it? In The Weather Machine, Andrew Blum takes readers on a fascinating journey through an everyday miracle. In a quest to understand how the forecast works, he visits old weather stations and watches new satellites blast off. He follows the dogged efforts of scientists to create a supercomputer model of the atmosphere and traces the surprising history of the algorithms that power their work. He discovers that we have quietly entered a golden age of meteorology -- our tools allow us to predict weather more accurately than ever, and yet we haven't learned to trust them, nor can we guarantee the fragile international alliances that allow our modern weather machine to exist. Written with the sharp wit and infectious curiosity Andrew Blum is known for, The Weather Machine pulls back the curtain on a universal part of our everyday lives, illuminating our relationships with technology, the planet, and the global community"--Jacket.

In oceans deep : courage, innovation, and adventure beneath the waves

June 21, 2019
Streever, Bill.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
ix, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

The ice at the end of the world : an epic journey into Greenland's buried past and our perilous future

June 7, 2019
Gertner, Jon, author.
New York : Random House, [2019]
xxiii, 418 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: The view from above -- Part I: Explorations (1888-1931). The scheme of a lunatic ; Hauling ; Simple and easy ; North by Northeast ; A pure primitive realm ; Thule ; TNT ; Digging -- Part II: Investigations (1949-2018). Machine age ; The Americans ; Drilling ; Jesus ice ; Deeper ; Sensing ; A key ; Meltwater season -- Epilogue: The ice clock.
"A riveting, urgent account of the explorers and scientists racing to understand the rapidly melting ice sheet in Greenland, a dramatic harbinger of climate change. Greenland: a remote, mysterious island five times the size of California but with a population of just 56,000. The ice sheet that covers it is 700 miles wide and 1,500 miles long, and is composed of nearly three quadrillion tons of ice. For the last 150 years, explorers and scientists have sought to understand Greenland--at first hoping that it would serve as a gateway to the North Pole, and later coming to realize that it contained essential information about our climate. Locked within this vast and frozen white desert are some of the most profound secrets about our planet and its future. Greenland's ice doesn't just tell us where we've been. More urgently, it tells us where we're headed. In [this book], Jon Gertner explains how Greenland has evolved from one of earth's last frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. The history of Greenland's ice begins with the explorers who arrived here at the turn of the twentieth century--first on foot, then on skis, then on crude, motorized sleds--and embarked on grueling expeditions that took as long as a year and often ended in frostbitten tragedy. Their original goal was simple: to conquer Greenland's seemingly infinite interior. Yet their efforts eventually gave way to scientists who built lonely encampments out on the ice and began drilling--one mile, two miles down. Their aim was to pull up ice cores that could reveal the deepest mysteries of earth's past, going back hundreds of thousands of years. Today, scientists from all over the world are deploying every technological tool available to uncover the secrets of this frozen island before it's too late. As Greenland's ice melts and runs off into the sea, it not only threatens to affect hundreds of millions of people who live in coastal areas. It will also have drastic effects on ocean currents, weather systems, economies, and migration patterns. Gertner chronicles the unfathomable hardships, amazing discoveries, and scientific achievements of the Arctic's explorers and researchers with a transporting, deeply intelligent style--and a keen sense of what this work means for the rest of us. The melting ice sheet in Greenland is, in a way, an analog for time. It contains the past. It reflects the present. It can also tell us how much time we might have left."--Dust jacket.

Underland : a deep time journey

May 30, 2019
Macfarlane, Robert, 1976- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
488 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
First chamber -- Descending -- Part I. Seeing (Britain) -- Burial (Mendips, Somerset) -- Dark matter (Boulby, Yorkshire) -- The understorey (Epping Forest, London) -- Second chamber -- Part II. Hiding (Europe) -- Invisible cities (Paris) -- Starless rivers (The Carso, Italy) -- Hollow land (Slovenian highlands) -- Third chamber -- Part III. Haunting (The north) -- Red dancers (Lofotens, Norway) -- The edge (Andøya, Norway) -- The blue of time (Kulusuk, Greenland) -- Meltwater (Knud Rasmussen Glacier, Greenland) -- The hiding place (Olkiluoto, Finland) -- Surfacing.
In Underland, Macfarland delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. He takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time" - the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present - he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come.

Glaciers & glaciation

March 6, 2019
Benn, Douglas I.
London : Hodder Education, 2010.
xiv, 802 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 28 cm
Previous edition: London: Arnold, 1998.
In this new edition, the text, references and illustrations have been thoroughly updated to provide a state-of-the-art overview of the nature, origin and behaviour of glaciers and the geological and geomorphological evidence for their past history on earth.

New England waterfalls : a guide to more than 500 cascades and waterfalls

March 5, 2019
Parsons, Greg, 1982- author.
© 2019, 2010, 2003.
xxxiii, 516 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
CONNECTICUT -- MAINE -- MASSACHUSETTS -- NEW HAMPSHIRE -- RHODE ISLAND -- VERMONT -- Appendices: A. Top 40 waterfalls in New England -- B. Top 40 swimming holes in New England -- C. The best waterfall day trips -- D. Scenic waterfalls of Baxter State Park -- E. Waterfall communities -- F. State-by-state index & additional waterfalls list.

The climate report : the National Climate Assessment -- impacts, risks, and adaptation in the United States

February 22, 2019
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2019]
260 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm
First published in 2018 by U.S. Government Publishing Office.
Overview. What has happened since the last National Climate Assessment? -- National topics. Our changing climate -- Water -- Energy supply, delivery, and demand -- Land cover and land-use change -- Forests -- Ecosystems, ecosystem services, and biodiversity -- Coastal effects -- Oceans and marine resources -- Agriculture and rural communities -- Built environment, urban systems, and cities -- Transportation -- Air quality -- Human health -- Tribes and indigenous peoples -- Climate effects on U.S. international interests -- Sector interactions, multiple stressors, and complex systems -- Regions. Northeast -- Southeast -- U.S. Caribbean -- Midwest -- Northern Great Plains -- Southern Great Plains -- Northwest -- Southwest -- Alaska -- Hawai'i and U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands -- Responses. Reducing risks through adaptation actions -- Reducing risks through emissions mitigation.
"This is the complete official government in-brief report - including all charts, graphs, and illustrations - of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's National Climate Assessment."--Back cover.

The secret knowledge of water : discovering the essence of the American desert

February 14, 2019
Childs, Craig, 1967-
New York, NY : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2001. ©2000
xvi, 288 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction : First waters -- Part I. Ephemeral water : Maps of water holes -- Water that waits -- Part II. Water that moves : Seep -- The source -- The acts of desert streams -- Part III. Fierce water : The sacrifice of children -- Carrying away the land -- Chubasco -- Haunted canyon -- Flood at Kanab -- Fear of God -- Following the water down -- Epilogue : The arrival.
The travels that Childs recounts in this vivid narrative take him from places sometimes parched, sometimes swimming, from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the dry limestone tanks of the lava-strewn Sonoran Desert. As he travels, Childs gives a close reading of the desert landscape.

When humans nearly vanished : the catastrophic explosion of the Toba volcano

November 1, 2018
Prothero, Donald R., author.
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Books, [2018]
198 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Prologue: A very bad day on Planet Earth -- 1: Mystery of the missing megavolcano. Serendipity ; Frozen in the ice ; Data in Davy Jones's locker ; Blowing the case wide open ; Mystery solved -- 2: Vulcan's fury. The forge of Hephaistos ; Incineration ; Why do volcanoes behave so differently from one another? -- 3: Land of the killer volcanoes. The Indonesian arc ; Krakatau cracks ; Tambora and the year without a summer ; Supervolcanoes -- 4: Clues in your genes. The blueprint of life ; Too many genes ; Clockwork DNA ; "Mitochondrial Eve" ; Through the bottleneck ; Bottlenecks in humans -- 5: Roots. The third chimpanzee ; Fossils versus molecules ; Out of Eurasia? ; The Piltdown hoax -- 6: Out of Africa. The Taung Child, Mrs. Ples, and Dear Boy ; The human lineage ; Our genus, Homo ; Modern humans evolve -- 7: Humanity at the crossroads. Consilience ; The threads of Toba ; Bottlenecks everywhere ; Testing the hypothesis ; The critics strike back ; Where do we stand now? -- 8: Volcanoes of doom. The "Big Five" ; The doom of the dinosaurs ; "The Great Dying" ; The third eruption ; Volcanoes and extinction -- 9: Future shocks. Could it happen again? ; Supervolcanoes in America ; A perspective on catastrophes.
"The fascinating true story of the explosion of the Mount Toba supervolcano--earth's largest volcanic eruption in the past 28 million years--and its lasting impact on both the planet and human evolution. Some 74,000 years ago, the huge dome of Mount Toba, in today's Sumatra, Indonesia, began to rumble. Deep vibrations shook the earth, and jets of steam and ash emanated from the restive volcano's summit. Then came an explosion louder than any sound heard by Homo sapiens since our species evolved on earth. As the volcano ripped open, the energy of a million tons of TNT was released. Seven hundred cubic miles of magma spewed outward in an explosion 40 times larger than the biggest hydrogen bomb and more than a thousand times as powerful as the famed Krakatau eruption in 1883. So much ash and debris were injected into the stratosphere that they partially blocked the sun's radiation and caused global temperatures to drop by five to nine degrees. The earth took a full decade to recover to its pre-eruption temperatures--and untold millions of animals, including early members of our own species, died. [This book] examines the controversial argument that the Toba catastrophe nearly wiped out the human race, leaving only a few thousand breeding pairs of humans worldwide. The evidence is in our DNA, which reveals traces of a genetic bottleneck--a radical reduction in genetic diversity seen only when a population of organisms is dramatically diminished. This sparse group of survivors could be the ancestors of all humans alive today. Providing vivid explanations of how supervolcanoes work and how proof of the Toba eruption was teased out of geological, climate, and genetic data, Donald R. Prothero explores both findings supporting the Toba bottleneck theory and the arguments rallied against it. Offering insight into how the world changed in the aftermath of Toba--and what might happen should such a supervolcano erupt today--Prothero's riveting account of this event, both calamitous and pivotal, is not to be missed."--Dust jacket.

The geysers of Yellowstone

July 18, 2018
Bryan, T. Scott, author.
Boulder : University Press of Colorado, [2018]
xxii, 589 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
"The most up-to-date and comprehensive reference to the geysers of Yellowstone National Park that describes in detail each of the more than 500 geysers in the park. The entire text has been revised and most geyser descriptions have been updated based on activity observed through early 2017"--Provided by publisher.

The weather detective : rediscovering nature's secret signs

June 7, 2018
Wohlleben, Peter, 1964- author.
xi, 195 pages ; 20 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: On nature's trail -- What will the weather be like?. Cloud towers and rosy sunsets ; Plants as weather prophets ; Animal weather prophets ; And what about you? -- Is it windy or cold?. Measuring wind speeds ; Ideal temperatures and living thermometers -- Rain, snow, and hail. Rain--without it we're nothing ; How much rain is enough? ; How to water properly ; Changes in animal and plant life ; Reading hailstones ; Snow and frost -- Sun, Moon, and stars. Cold nights and starry skies ; Shooting stars and cosmic rain ; Phases of the moon ; The planets -- Sunshine and daytime. The course of the day ; Clock time and true local time ; The bird clock ; The flower clock ; The sundial -- The seasons. Ground frost ; Spring ; Summer ; Autumn ; Winter ; What does winter have in store? -- Living with climate change. Good water management ; Rising temperatures ; The impact on your garden -- Assessing your soil quality. Soil types ; Encouraging humus ; Useful garden residents ; Soil compaction and its long-term impact ; Preventing erosion -- Native flora and exotic guests. Green leaves and variegation ; Trees and shrubs: friends or foes? ; Invasive species -- Fur and feathers. Territorial behavior ; Those that help and those that harm ; Predators and prey ; Population explosions ; Birds in winter ; Nest boxes ; Undesirable squatters ; Animal invaders ; Animals wild and tame ; Abandoned offspring -- Experiencing nature with all our senses. Night vision ; Incensed by scent ; Tuning in our ears -- A return to nature.
"At what temperature do bees stay home? Why do southerly winds in winter often bring storms? How can you plant a garden that tells the time, or know how many tumbles a hailstone has made through a cloud? These are among the many questions that international-bestselling author Peter Wohlleben poses in his newly translated book. Full of the very latest discoveries, combined with ancient, now forgotten lore, The Weather Detective helps you read nature's secret signs and discover a rich new layer of meaning in the natural world around you. Powerful and fascinating, with an eye toward wonder, Wohlleben's new masterpiece will remind you of the magic of Mother Nature, and teach you the hidden significance in everything from rain and wind and your garden soil to the pull of the moon."--Dust jacket.

Rising : dispatches from the new American shore

June 7, 2018
Rush, Elizabeth A., author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2018.
299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The password: Jacob's Point, Rhode Island -- Part one: Rampikes -- Persimmons: Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana -- On gratitude: Laura Sewall: Small Point, Maine -- the marsh at the end of the world: Phippsburg, Maine -- Pulse: South Florida -- On reckoning: Dan Kipnis: Miami Beach, Florida -- Part two: Rhizomes -- On storms: Nicole Montalto: Oakwood Beach, Staten Island -- Divining rod: Oakwood Beach, Staten Island -- On vulnerability: Marilynn Wiggins: Pensacola, Florida -- Risk: Pensacola, Florida -- On opportunity: Chris Brunet: Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana -- Goodbye cloud reflections in the bay: Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana -- Part three: Rising -- Connecting the dots: H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon -- On restoration: Richard Santos: Alviso, California -- Looking backward and forward in time: San Francisco Bay, California -- Afterword: Franklin. Gert. Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. Lee. Maria. Nate. Ophelia.
"Harvey. Maria. Irma. Sandy. Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant--and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand accounts from those facing this choice--a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago--with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced, Rising privileges the voices of those usually kept at the margins. At once polyphonic and precise, Rising is a shimmering meditation on vulnerability and on vulnerable communities, both human and more than human, and on how to let go of the places we love." --

Weather : an illustrated history : from cloud atlases to climate change

June 5, 2018
Revkin, Andrew, author.
xi, 212 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Colorful and captivating, Weather: An Illustrated History hopscotches through 100 meteorological milestones and insights, from prehistory to today's headlines and tomorrow's forecasts. Bite-sized narratives, accompanied by exciting illustrations, touch on such varied topics as Earth's first atmosphere, the physics of rainbows, the deadliest hailstorm, Groundhog Day, the invention of air conditioning, London's Great Smog, the Year Without Summer, our increasingly strong hurricanes, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Written by a prominent and award-winning environmental author and journalist, this is a groundbreaking illustrated book that traces the evolution of weather forecasting and climate science.--Amazon.

1937 Flood / [Eddie & Merle Elder]

June 5, 2018
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Eddie & Merle Elder, [1937]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 30 cm
Title supplied by cataloger.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, shelved in Inland Rivers Library primarily consists of detached black scrapbook pages with photographs and typed captions affixed, sleeved in clear plastic sleeves and kept in a red plastic 3 ring binder.
Scrapbook of photographs covering the Ohio River flood that occurred between Jan. 22 and March 10, 1937. Photographs were primarily taken in Columbia Tusculum, the East End, Turkey Bottom and Lunken Airport. Compiled by Eddie and Merle Elder. Also contains a copy of the booklet titled A photographic story of the flood in the Ohio Valley, January 1937 published by O. Middendorf in 1937.


May 25, 2018
Cavell-Clarke, Steffi, author.
New York, NY : KidHaven Publishing, an imprint of Greenhaven Publishing, LLC, 2018.
24 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
Science all around us -- What is weather? -- Sunshine -- Clouds -- Rain -- Snow -- Wind -- Thunder and lightning -- Extreme weather -- Let's experiment!

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.

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