New Arrivals · Earth Sciences

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

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.
©2014
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.
©2014
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.

Probable maximum and TVA precipitation for Tennessee River Basins up to 3,000 square miles in area and durations to 72 hours

July 1, 2014
Schwarz, Francis K.
Washington, D.C. : U. S. Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau, 1969.
vii, 166 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Prepared by the Hydrometeorological Branch, Office of Hydrology, U.S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D.C. for the Office of the Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"May 1969."
Introduction -- Summer PMP and TVA precipitation for small basins -- Generalized procedure for 100- to 3000-square mile basin estimates -- Specific basin estimates for PMP and TVA precipitation -- Appendix. Attachment A. TVA storm studies request -- References.
Generalized estimates of precipitation are necessary for consistent spillway design for projects within any given region. The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving increased emphasis to this approach. Toward this end the present report provides generalized estimates of 1- to 72-hr. precipitation extremes for basins ranging in size from a few square miles to about 3000 miles. Antecedent rainfall criteria are provided also for use as indices to soil moisture conditions and existing streamflows at the beginning of critical rainfalls. The detailed probable maximum precipitation estimates of this report supersede within the Tennessee River watershed previous generalized estimates published in Hydrometeorological Report No. 33.

Probable maximum and TVA precipitation over the Tennessee River Basin above Chattanooga

July 1, 2014
Schwarz, Francis K.
Washington, D.C. : U. S. Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau, 1965.
x, 148 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
Prepared by the Hydrometeorological Branch, Office of Hydrology, U.S. Weather Bureau, Washington, D.C. for the Tennessee Valley Authority (Contract TV-29342A).
"June 1965."
Introduction -- The problem of estimating extreme precipitation - an appraisal -- Meteorology of major storms -- Basin topography - its effect on distribution and volume of rainfall -- Derivation of probable maximum and TVA precipitation -- Antecedent and subsequent conditions -- Application of presented criteria -- References -- Appendix A. Attachment A, Chatanooga storm studies -- Appendix B. Selected weather maps.
The maximum flood potential at Chattanooga, Tenn. can be evaluated using extreme upstream rainfall. This report provides estimates of extreme rainfall for the total 21,400-sq. mil. Tennessee River drainage above Chattanooga and for a 7980-sq. mil. sub-basin. These basins are outlined in figures 1-1 and 1-2.

Probable maximum precipitation, Susquehanna River drainage above Harrisburg, Pa.

July 1, 2014
Goodyear, Hugo V.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, 1965.
v, 70 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Prepared by Hydrometeorological Branch, Office of Hydrology, U.S. Weather Bureau.
"June 1965."
Introduction -- Organization and development of derived criteria -- Derivation of PMP for Susquehanna Basin -- Meterology of major storms -- Topographical variation of precipitation within basin -- Time and areal distributions of PMP within basin -- Summary of procedures for obtaining probable maximum storm rainfall for a basin -- Acknowledgments -- References -- Tables -- Figures.

User's guide to the Federal Insurance Administration's 1978-1979 flood claims file for computation of depth-damage relationships

July 1, 2014
Davis, Stuart A.
Ft. Belvoir, Va. : Institute for Water Resources, [1981]
47, 7 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
"December 1981."

Meteorology of flood-producing storms in the Ohio River basin

July 1, 2014
Schwarz, Francis K.
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Weather Bureau, 1961.
v, 67 p. : maps ; 26 cm.
At head of title: U.S. Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers.
"May 1961."
Meteorology of excessive rains in the Ohio Valley -- Ohio River hypothetical flood sequences -- Data sheets.

Climate changed : a personal journey through the science

June 26, 2014
Squarzoni, Philippe.
New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2014.
435 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published in French in 2012 under the title: Saison Brune.
What are the causes and consequences of climate change? When the scale is so big, can an individual make any difference? Documentary, diary, and masterwork graphic novel, this look at our planet and how we live on it explains what global warming is all about. With the most complicated concepts made clear by the author, an investigative journalist and artist, weaves together scientific research, extensive interviews with experts, and a call for action. Weighing the potential of some solutions and the false promises of others, this work provides a realistic, balanced view of the magnitude of the crisis that "An Inconvenient Truth" only touched on.

The asteroid threat : defending our planet from deadly near-Earth objects

June 23, 2014
Burrows, William E., 1937- author.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, [2014]
282 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Chelyabinsk: Russian roulette -- Chicken Little was right -- Know thine enemy -- The fascination factor -- The other Salvation Army -- The Department of Planetary Defense -- The ultimate Strategic Defense Initiative -- The survival imperative.
"Presents a realistic, workable plan for defusing a potentially lethal threat from a rogue asteroid or comet. The explosion of a large meteor over Chelyabinsk, Siberia, in February 2013 is just the latest reminder that planet Earth is vulnerable to damaging and potentially catastrophic collisions with space debris of various kinds. In this informative and forward-looking book, veteran aerospace writer William E. Burrows explains what we can do in the future to avoid far more serious impacts from "Near-Earth Objects" (NEOs), as they are called in the planetary defense community. The good news is that humanity is now equipped with the advanced technology necessary to devise a long-term strategy to protect the planet. Burrows outlines the following key features of an effective planetary defense strategy: * A powerful space surveillance system capable of spotting a serious threat from space at least a year in advance * A space craft "nudge" that would throw a collision-course asteroid off target long before it poses the threat of imminent impact * A weapons system to be used as a last-ditch method to blast an NEO should all else fail. The author notes the many benefits for world stability and increasing international cooperation resulting from a united worldwide effort to protect the planet. Combining realism with an optimistic can-do attitude, Burrows shows that humanity is capable of overcoming a potentially calamitous situation"-- Provided by publisher.

Wild weather

June 20, 2014
Callery, Sean.
New York : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
"Based on The Magic School Bus series"--T.p. verso.
"A nonfiction companion to the original Magic School Bus series"--Cover.

Planet Earth

June 20, 2014
Jackson, Tom, 1972-
New York : Scholastic, c2014.
32 p. : col. ill. ; 22 x 26 cm.
"Based on The Magic School Bus series"--T.p. verso.
"A nonfiction companion to the original Magic School Bus series"--Cover.

101 American geo-sites you've gotta see

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

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

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

Can glacier and ice melt be reversed?

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

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