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From Gondwana to the Ice Age by John Bradshaw & Malcolm LairdUntil about 100 million years ago, New Zealand lay on the Pacific-facing edge of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana; the formation of our sedimentary rocks provides a fascinating view of the tectonic activity and changes since that time. This volume is the culmination of a comprehensive survey of New Zealand's Cretaceous-Cenozoic strata, begun in 1978, and presents an up-to-date synthesis and interpretation of regional sedimentary information from a variety of sources; the study has been expanded to include large areas of the continental shelf and beyond. Extensive references and indexing complete this essential work, a key resource for students, professional geologists and enthusiastic amateurs. Topics covered include: * sedimentary basins during the Cretaceous continental margin break-up; * the active tectonics of a 'passive margin'; * Late Cenozoic sedimentary basins in a new, evolving plate boundary; * eustatic sea-level change in an active tectonic setting; * basin scale and facies change on the new and thin continent Zealandia.
Call Number: GB442 .L35 2020
Cold Latitudes by Rosemary McGuireCold Latitudes is a memoir in essay form based on years of working in the Alaska Arctic and Antarctica. The author was privileged to see first-hand worlds that few will ever know, while participating in cutting-edge research at high latitudes. From solo voyages down the Yukon and part of the Northwest Passage, to working with humpback whales in the Southern Ocean, to chilling encounters with polar bears, Rosemary McGuire's stories are told in spare, graceful prose. It is her friendships with local people, and with scientific researchers, that form the core of her experiences. Through these local contacts and traditional knowledge, she learns humility and a sense of wonder at the natural world, while at the same time coming to appreciate the gritty determination of the field researchers whose work she shares. Throughout, she examines human relationships with wilderness, and our growing effects on a fragile planet. And so, as she writes, "In the end, this is a love story for a threatened place."
Call Number: G590 .M237 2021
Introducing Tectonics, Rock Structures and Mountain Belts by Graham ParkIntroducing Tectonics, Rock Structures and Mountain Belts is written to explain the key concepts of tectonics and rock structures to students and to the interested non-specialist, especially those without a strong mathematical background. The study and understanding of geological structures has traditionally been guided by the rigorous application of mathematics and physics but, in this book, Graham Park has avoided mathematical equations altogether and has reduced the geometry to the minimum necessary. The application of plate tectonic theory has revolutionised structural geology by giving the study of rock structures a context in which they can be explained. Since the large-scale movements of the plates ultimately control smaller-scale structures, the study of tectonics is the key to understanding the latter. The reader is thus introduced to large-scale Earth structure and the theory of plate tectonics before dealing with geological structures such as faults and folds. Studies by structural geologists of the movement history of rock masses relative to each other, as revealed by the study of fault systems and shear zones, has helped to integrate rock structures with plate tectonics and this has been emphasised in the book. One of the most exciting aspects of geology is the study of the great mountain ranges, orogenic belts. The final three chapters of the book explain how knowledge of plate tectonic theory, geological structures and the processes of deformation may be employed to understand these orogenic belts. hilst excessive use of terminology is avoided, all technical terms are in a Glossary and, as with all books in this series, the text is illustrated profusely.
Call Number: QE601 .P37 2021
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Black in Place by Brandi Thompson SummersWhile Washington, D.C., is still often referred to as "Chocolate City," it has undergone significant demographic, political, and economic change in the last decade. In D.C., no place represents this shift better than the H Street corridor. In this book, Brandi Thompson Summers documents D.C.'s shift to a "post-chocolate" cosmopolitan metropolis by charting H Street's economic and racial developments. In doing so, she offers a theoretical framework for understanding how blackness is aestheticized and deployed to organize landscapes and raise capital. Summers focuses on the continuing significance of blackness in a place like the nation's capital, how blackness contributes to our understanding of contemporary urbanization, and how it laid an important foundation for how Black people have been thought to exist in cities. Summers also analyzes how blackness--as a representation of diversity--is marketed to sell a progressive, "cool," and authentic experience of being in and moving through an urban center. Using a mix of participant observation, visual and media analysis, interviews, and archival research, Summers shows how blackness has become a prized and lucrative aesthetic that often excludes D.C.'s Black residents.
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Between Land and Sea: the Great Marsh by Dorothy Kerper Monnelly et al.A new edition of an exquisitely crafted homage to the Massachusetts coast In this new edition of Between Land and Sea: The Great Marsh (first published by Braziller in 2007), the award-winning, Ipswich, MA-based landscape photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly conveys the surprising, ever-changing drama of the vast tidal wetlands known as the Great Marsh. For over 40 years, Monnelly has come to know this region intimately, one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas in the urban Northeast. Her timeless, visionary photographs are joined in this edition by an essay from acclaimed author Terry Tempest Williams reflecting on our relationship to liminal spaces like the marsh. Although salt marshes are among the most productive ecosystems on earth, these wetlands are threatened throughout the world by human activity and have disappeared from much of the American seacoast. The Great Marsh, despite threats from development, pollution, and now rising seas, is a pristine remnant of this ancient coastal environment.
Call Number: QH541.5.S24 M66 2020
Political Geography by Igor OkunevThis textbook on political geography is devoted to a discipline concerned with the spatial dimensions of politics. This course is an introduction to the study of political science, international relations and area studies, providing a systemic approach to the spatial dimension of political processes at all levels. It covers their basic elements, including states, supranational unions, geopolitical systems, regions, borders, capitals, dependent, and internationally administered territories. Political geography develops fundamental theoretical approaches that give insight into the peculiarities of foreign and domestic policies. The ability to use spatial analysis techniques allows determining patterns and regularities of political phenomena both at the global and the regional and local levels.
Call Number: JC319 .O5813 2021
The Physical Geography of el Salvador: a Geophysical and Ecological Approach by Michael CampbellEl Salvador is possibly among the most environmentally degraded nations in Latin Americas, or even the Americas. Yet, it is also among the most environmentally dynamic nations in the American region. Situated at the juxtaposition of several spatial phenomena, such as the Mesoamerican Biodiversity Hotspot, the Pacific Ring of Fire and associated volcanoes and earthquakes, the meeting point of hurricanes and tropical storms from both the Pacific and the Atlantic, and numerous environmentally disastrous wars, this nation has endured much change. Recent developments have demonstrated the intelligence of the people and the current government in dealing with these issues, through acknowledgement, empowerment, study and management. The relevant issues have rarely been included in one book. This book takes a critical look at the environmental system of El Salvador, from the integrated perspective of physical geography. Physical geography emphasizes three main clusters: geomorphology (allied to geology and hydrology), climatology (linked to meteorology) and biogeography (manifested as the spatial assessment of ecology). The book argues that this approach is sufficient for the assessment of the main environment issue of El Salvador. The book therefore begins with an introduction to the main complexes of physical geography and relates these to the Central American Region. El Salvador is then examined, from this viewpoint. The book concludes that the situation in El Salvador may improve, through species reintroductions, reforestation, expanded environmental protection, more critical urban development, and better management of natural hazards.
Publication Date: GB139.S2 C36 2020
How the Mountains Grew by John DvorakThe incredible story of the creation of a continent--our continent-- from the acclaimed author of The Last Volcano and Mask of the Sun. The immense scale of geologic time is difficult to comprehend. Our lives--and the entirety of human history--are mere nanoseconds on this timescale. Yet we hugely influenced by the land we live on. From shales and fossil fuels, from lake beds to soil composition, from elevation to fault lines, what could be more relevant that the history of the ground beneath our feet? For most of modern history, geologists could say little more about why mountains grew than the obvious: there were forces acting inside the Earth that caused mountains to rise. But what were those forces? And why did they act in some places of the planet and not at others? When the theory of plate tectonics was proposed, our concept of how the Earth worked experienced a momentous shift. As the Andes continue to rise, the Atlantic Ocean steadily widens, and Honolulu creeps ever closer to Tokyo, this seemingly imperceptible creep of the Earth is revealed in the landscape all around us. But tectonics cannot--and do not--explain everything about the wonders of the North American landscape. What about the Black Hills? Or the walls of chalk that stand amongst the rolling hills of west Kansas? Or the fact that the states of Washington and Oregon are slowly rotating clockwise, and there a diamond mine in Arizona? It all points to the geologic secrets hidden inside the 2-billion-year-old-continental masses. A whopping ten times older than the rocky floors of the ocean, continents hold the clues to the long history of our planet. With a sprightly narrative that vividly brings this science to life, John Dvorak's How the Mountains Grew will fill readers with a newfound appreciation for the wonders of the land we live on.
Call Number: QE71 .D86 2021
Applications of Geographic Information Systems for Wireless Network Planning by Francisco Saez de Adana et al.This practical book shows the procedure to integrate, in a practical way, empirical propagation methods with geographical information systems (GIS) to obtain the radio coverage in open environments. It includes the theoretical explanation of empirical methods and GIS but as a basis to develop a real tool that combines both aspects to provide the user a suitable method for the wireless network planning in urban areas.The book introduces the empirical propagation methods and their application to wireless network planning. The motivation for combining them with the information obtained from geographical information systems is illustrated as well as their application to real situations. The most important empirical methods used to calculate the propagation in open environments are reviewed. Focus is given to the geometrical information needed to prove the necessity of obtaining some geographical information if these methods must be applied to realistic network planning. A review of the most important GIS is also described. The advantages and disadvantages of every system is analyzed from the point of view of its integration with an empirical propagation method. An application that combines a geographical information system with an empirical propagation method is fully described. The practical features of this integration are completely studied to allow an engineer to use and develop his own tool. Examples are given in each chapter to fully describe and illustrate the process.
Call Number: G70.212 .S24 2020
Regional Geography of the United States and Canada by Daniel R. Montello et al.The fifth and thoroughly revised edition of Regional Geography of the United States and Canada provides a rich and comprehensive overview of both the physical and human geography of these two countries, and in the true spirit of geography, the interactions and interrelations of the physical and human. Following long traditions of the discipline of geography, this text incorporates words, maps, drawings, photographs, and numerical data to present its information in an engaging way.After covering beneficial precursor topics-such as the basics of physical and human geography-the text explores fifteen regions of the US and Canada. The authors observe and describe our planet's geography in thorough and accessible detail, while laying out the spatial basics of the location, shape, and size of the different regions, and summarizes their most distinctive thematic qualities. Physical topics covered include the region's topography and landforms, soils, climate, hydrography, vegetation, and wildlife. The human topics include the region's population; the ethnicities and settlement history of its people; economic activities, including agriculture, forestry, mining, fishing, manufacturing, and service industries; cities; and transportation. In-depth essays expand on specific topics of interest and importance, while outlook sections prognosticate about the near future of the regions. Each chapter concludes with a bibliography of books, articles, and reports that provide further sources for the interested reader.
Call Number: E161.3 .M35 2021
New Concise World Atlas by OxfordWith hundreds of dramatic, full-color, large-format maps produced by Europe's finest team of cartographers, the sixth edition of the New Concise World Atlas delivers a fully updated, diverse collection of geographical information in one well-organized, manageable volume.144 pages of clear, detailed topographic and political world maps have been updated to show the latest transportation information (road, railways, and airports), administrative boundary changes, national parks, major tourist sites, and historical places of interest. The New Concise World Atlas alsofeatures beautifully rendered maps of the ocean seafloors and stunning new satellite imagery including Berlin, Cape Horn, Edinburgh, Gibraltar, Grand Canyon, Kampala, Kingston, La Paz, Memphis, Niagara Falls, Orlando, Osaka, Oslo, Perth, Philadelphia, Salar de Uyuni, Shanghai, Tehran, Tenerife,Tombouctou, Toronto, and Vienna. Recent changes to the world's geography are thoroughly captured in this edition; fully updated charts and world statistics provide data on climate, population, area, annual income, and physical dimensions. Finally, an index with over 64,000 items make searching forlesser-known locales quick and easy.Truly international in scope, created with meticulous care, and reflecting the very latest political developments and census information, Oxford's New Concise World Atlas,Sixth Edition achieves the highest standard among international map resources. This engaging and affordable resource is second tonone in the superb quality of its maps, the breadth of its coverage, and its easy-to-use convenience.
Remote Sensing by Floyd F. Sabins & James M. EllisRemote sensing has undergone profound changes over the past two decades as GPS, GIS, and sensor advances have significantly expanded the user community and availability of images. New tools, such as automation, cloud-based services, drones, and artificial intelligence, continue to expand and enhance the discipline. Along with comprehensive coverage and clarity, Sabins and Ellis establish a solid foundation for the insightful use of remote sensing with an emphasis on principles and a focus on sensor technology and image acquisition.The Fourth Edition presents a valuable discussion of the growing and permeating use of technologies such as drones and manned aircraft imaging, DEMs, and lidar. The authors explain the scientific and societal impacts of remote sensing, review digital image processing and GIS, provide case histories from areas around the globe, and describe practical applications of remote sensing to the environment, renewable and nonrenewable resources, land use/land cover, natural hazards, and climate change.
Call Number: G70.4 .S15 2020
Mediterranean Planet by Laurent BallestaFollow the adventure...> What secrets is the Mediterranean Sea keeping from us?> What is its actual level of pollution?> Is it a dead or living sea? A sea that has been damaged or on the mend?> What treasures still await Man's discovery?> Because all these questions of current vital importance lie at the heart of environmental debates.> Because the Mediterranean Sea is more than just a large body of water, it's a small ocean with an oversized History.> Because the Gombessa V expedition is like none other, offering lots to be learned and filled with hope... Mediterranean Planet forms a sequel to Laurent Ballesta's latest works: Secrets d'Océans (Oceans' Secrets), Adélie Terre & Mer (Adélie Earth & Sea) and 700 requins dans la nuit (700 Sharks in the Dead of Night). It represents the accomplishment of his personal endeavors during the eponymous July 2019 expedition, while also providing closure to the more comprehensive effort underway in the Mediterranean. This publication is thus a compilation of the biologist-photographer's most spectacular shots from 2010 through the present day.Accompanied by minimal textual content, the photographs of rare creatures never before illustrated exhibiting unusual behavior tell the story with each page turned of natural history and lived history. From the extraordinary biodiversity of the coral reefs to the seascapes far beneath the surface, Laurent Ballesta has embarked on an excursion into these otherworldly ecosystems that actually exist on Earth and make up the Mediterranean Planet.This book also conforms with the longstanding tradition of works that pay tribute to the marine world by offering unique insights into an ecosystem that has not yet unveiled all its secrets. After several deep-sea diving expeditions spanning the globe under the "Gombessa" flag, the Gombessa V "Mediterranean Planet" campaign is Laurent's last at the helm. A world first, this expedition meant Laurent Ballesta and three other divers would cohabitate for 28 days inside a 5-m2 pressurized module designed for both saturation diving and deep sport diving, from Marseille to Bandol, Carqueiranne to Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime to Antibes, and finally from Antibes to Monaco.
Call Number: TR800 .B35 2020
Rocks and Minerals by Chris Pellant & Helen PellantA comprehensive, up-to-date field guide to the world's rocks and minerals This detailed and easy-to-use guide contains striking photography of rocks and minerals from around the globe, and is designed to help readers and collectors identify specimens of these compounds, which are formed by geological processes in the earth's crust. Useful for beginners and serious collectors alike, this handy volume features special color photography of specimens from the Natural History Museum in London, which holds one of the largest collections in the world. Beautiful color photographs Comprehensive, up-to-date information Suitable for serious collectors and those new to the field Special photography of unique specimens from the Natural History Museum in London
Call Number: QE366.8 .P44 2020
Rediscovering the Golden State by William A. SelbyNow in its fourth edition, Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography examines this unique state's incredibly diverse landscapes, and how geography and geographic change influences everything from the state's natural systems and cycles, to its agriculture and more advanced industries, to human migration, cultures, and urban planning. Exploring California through a geographic lens reveals how the field has evolved to cross traditional boundaries, connect local and global issues, and provide the insights that lead to practical solutions to problems new and old. Challenging the reader to look beyond stereotypes and assumptions, this book encourages active participation in planning the state's dynamic future. And this project makes teaching and learning about the geography of California more convenient, exciting, and rewarding for instructors and students. Going beyond a scientific analysis of natural features and environmental processes, this book illustrates how social, political, and economic divides can be bridged through the study of geography and the connections it brings to light. From geology, weather and climate, biogeography, and hydrology, we cover the state's physical geography. And from demography and migration, to cultures and economies, to rural and urban geography, we monitor the state's human geography pulse and then make the vital connections. California continues to lead the nation in population, economics (5th largest in the world), agriculture, natural and cultural diversity, and a host of other categories. This powerful state has earned this powerful publication. This timely and versatile book will prove useful to Californians in business, education, government, and to concerned citizens and curious readers seeking to learn more about the Golden State.