New Arrivals · Earth Sciences

March 7, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

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.

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