New Arrivals · Earth Sciences

August 13, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The West without water : what past floods, droughts, and other climatic clues tell us about tomorrow

August 12, 2015
Ingram, B. Lynn, 1961-
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013]
xx, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
From drought to deluge : "normal" climate in the West -- The 1861-1862 floods : lessons lost -- The great droughts of the twentieth century -- Why is climate so variable in the West? -- Reading the past : the Earth's history books -- From ice to fire : into the Holocene -- The "long drought" of the mid-Holocene -- Ice returns : the neoglaciation -- The great "medieval drought" -- The little ice age : megafloods and climate swings -- Why climate changes : cycles and oscillations -- The hydraulic era : salmon and dams -- Future climate change and the American West -- What the past tells us about tomorrow.
"The West without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over twenty millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Looking at the region's current water crisis from the perspective of its climate history, the authors ask the central question of what is "normal" climate for the West, and whether the relatively benign climate of the past century will continue into the future. The West without Water merges climate and paleoclimate research from a wide variety of sources as it introduces readers to key discoveries in cracking the secrets of the region's climatic past. It demonstrates that extended droughts and catastrophic floods have plagued the West with regularity over the past two millennia and recounts the most disastrous flood in the history of California and the West, which occurred in 1861-62. The authors show that, while the West may have temporarily buffered itself from such harsh climatic swings by creating artificial environments and human landscapes, our modern civilization may be ill-prepared for the future climate changes that are predicted to beset the region. They warn that it is time to face the realities of the past and prepare for a future in which fresh water may be less reliable." -- Publisher's website.

Minerals of Ohio

July 29, 2015
Carlson, Ernest H., author.
Columbus : State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, 2015.
xiii, 290 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 29 cm

Glaciers : the politics of ice

July 10, 2015
Taillant, Jorge Daniel, 1968-
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
xxi, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
How to Read this Book -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Dynamiting Glaciers -- Chapter 2: What is a Glacier? -- Chapter 3: The Birth of Cryoactivism -- Chapter 4: Invisible Glaciers -- Chapter 5: The Barrick Veto -- Chapter 6: Life without Glaciers -- Chapter 7: Resurgence -- Chapter 8: Amazing Glacier Stuff -- Chapter 9: Implementation -- Chapter 10: The Human Right... to Glaciers? -- Chapter 11: Final Words -- Appendix: The Argentine National Glacier Protection Law.
"Glaciers is a volume about the role glaciers play in our daily lives (often without us knowing), the risks posed to glaciers from natural and anthropogenic activity (including climate change and industrial pollution), and policies and practices that should be employed to protect this fundamental hydrological reserve"-- Provided by publisher.

Climate change : the facts

June 30, 2015
Woodsville, New Hampshire : Stockade Books, 2015.
vi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

First partial report on the artificial production of precipitation : stratiform clouds--Ohio, 1948

June 25, 2015
Coons, Richard D. (Richard Daniel), 1922-
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Weather Bureau, 1948.
63 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Cover title.
"August 1948."
Bibliography. pp. 49.
The basic objective of this Project was to determine in definite quantitative terms the practical limits and general utility of cloud modification processes in producing or suppressing precipitation and increasing the visibility from flying aircraft. In order that the effects of the induced modifications may be clearly separated from those occurring naturally, a closely coordinated attack using all available measuring facilities was adopted.

Pacific Tsunami Warning System : a half-century of protecting the Pacific 1965-2015

June 16, 2015
Washington, DC : For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office
188 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 x 31 cm
Shipping list no: 2015-0025-S.
"This historic book commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission PTWS from 1965-2015, highlighting the dedication and contributions of 46 Member States in protecting lives and reducing property damage from destructive tsunamis."--Back cover.

The weather experiment : the pioneers who sought to see the future

June 11, 2015
Moore, Peter, 1983-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
xvi, 395 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The weather experiment -- Dawn -- Seeing. Writing in the air ; Nature caught in the very act ; Rain, wind, and the wondrous cold -- Morning -- Contesting. Detectives ; Trembling air, whirling winds ; Liquid lightning -- Midday -- Experimenting. Steady eyes, delicate skies ; Beginnings ; Dangerous paths -- Afternoon -- Believing. Dazzling bright ; Endings ; Truth telling -- Dusk -- West winds -- Stars in FitzRoy's meteorological galaxy.
A history of weather forecasting and an animated portrait of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made it possible. -- Provided by publisher.

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.
©2014
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.
©2014
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.
©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.

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