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    Salt: A World History

    Salt: A World History Lowest new price: $9.48
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    Author: Mark Kurlansky
    Brand: Penguin Books

    An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the World

    In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. A substance so valuable it served as currency, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, and inspired revolutions.  Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.


    • Penguin Books

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    Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

    Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition Lowest new price: $12.91
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    Author: Marc Reisner
    Brand: Penguin (Non-Classics)

    "The definitive work on the West's water crisis." --Newsweek

    The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage.

    This edition includes a new postscript by Lawrie Mott, a former staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, that updates Western water issues over the last two decades, including the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future.

    The definitive history of water resources in the American West, and a very illuminating lesson in the political economy of limited resources anywhere. Highly recommended!


    • history of the water wars in the western US

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    National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides)

    National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides) Lowest new price: $15.36
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    Author: National Audubon Society
    Brand: Random House

    Perfect for mountain climbers and hikers, this valuable reference covers more rocks and minerals in North America than any other available guide.

    Featuring a durable vinyl binding and nearly 800 full-color identification photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals is the perfect companion for any expedition. This portable guide depicts all the important rocks, gems, and minerals -- in many variations of color and crystal form -- and the natural environments in which they occur, and includes written descriptions of field marks, similar rocks and minerals, environment, areas of occurrence, and derivation of names. Includes a guide to mineral collecting and a list of rock-forming minerals.


    • Random House Audubon Field Guide: Rocks/Minerals by Charles Chesterman - 9780394502694

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    The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

    The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World Lowest new price: $11.04
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    Author: Jeff Goodell

    "An immersive, mildly gonzo and depressingly well-timed book about the drenching effects of global warming, and a powerful reminder that we can bury our heads in the sand about climate change for only so long before the sand itself disappears." (Jennifer Senior, New York Times)

    A New York Times Critics' Top Book of 2017
    One of Washington Post's 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction in 2017
    One of Booklist's Top 10 Science Books of 2017

    What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster.

    By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it.

    The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.

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    Geological Carbon Storage: Subsurface Seals and Caprock Integrity (Geophysical Monograph Series)

    Geological Carbon Storage: Subsurface Seals and Caprock Integrity (Geophysical Monograph Series) Lowest new price: $199.95
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    Geological Carbon Storage Subsurface Seals and Caprock Integrity

    Seals and caprocks are an essential component of subsurface hydrogeological systems, guiding the movement and entrapment of hydrocarbon and other fluids. Geological Carbon Storage: Subsurface Seals and Caprock Integrity offers a survey of the wealth of recent scientific work on caprock integrity with a focus on the geological controls of permanent and safe carbon dioxide storage, and the commercial deployment of geological carbon storage.

    Volume highlights include:

    • Low-permeability rock characterization from the pore scale to the core scale
    • Flow and transport properties of low-permeability rocks
    • Fundamentals of fracture generation, self-healing, and permeability
    • Coupled geochemical, transport and geomechanical processes in caprock
    • Analysis of caprock behavior from natural analogues
    • Geochemical and geophysical monitoring techniques of caprock failure and integrity
    • Potential environmental impacts of carbon dioxide migration on groundwater resources
    • Carbon dioxide leakage mitigation and remediation techniques

    Geological Carbon Storage: Subsurface Seals and Caprock Integrity is an invaluable resource for geoscientists from academic and research institutions with interests in energy and environment-related problems, as well as professionals in the field.

    Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition

    Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition Lowest new price: $6.25
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    Author: Walter Schumann
    Brand: Sterling

    This is truly the ultimate one-volume book every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound will ever need!
    Following the spectacular success of the first four editions of Gemstones of the World, the revised fifth edition exhibits important updates and a beautiful new cover. All the gemstones ever discovered—now over 1,900—are treated in their many variations. More than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough natural state and its polished and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on a gemstone's formation and structure, physical properties and characteristics, methods of working, cutting, and polishing. You’ll find full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian, and a special section devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils. Organic gem materials, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl, are also covered along with new-on-the-market stones like charcoite. Additionally, this all-inclusive volume includes imitations, synthetics, and combined stones. Charts and tables help you identify unknown gemstones and—when you're in the market—how to check for genuineness.


    • Sterling

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    Essentials of Geology (Fifth Edition)

    Essentials of Geology (Fifth Edition) Lowest new price: $94.10
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    Author: Stephen Marshak

    Stephen Marshak’s bestselling text and media make geology easy for students to understand.

    Essentials of Geology, Fifth Edition, integrates Marshak’s popular and proven text approach with exciting new media and assessment resources that guide students to a clearer understanding of the course material. Marshak has personally applied his expertise, with an emphasis on the visuals, to this robust suite of videos, animations and simulations, art, and interactive assessment questions that get students seeing and engaging with geologic concepts as a geologist would.

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    The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

    The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate Lowest new price: $8.00
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    Author: John H. Walton
    Brand: InterVarsity Press

    In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins. Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton's thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.

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    Natural Disasters

    Natural Disasters Lowest new price: $79.90
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    Author: Patrick Leon Abbott

    This ISBN: 9780078022982 is a student textbook only. It will not come with online access code. Online Access code sold separately at ISBN: 9781259684692 Natural Disasters, 10th edition focuses on explaining how the normal processes of Earth concentrate their energies and deal heavy blows to humans and their structures. Students have a natural curiosity about natural disasters and why they occur. This text explains why natural disasters occur by interweaving the themes of Energy sources, Plate tectonics, climate change, Earth Processes, geologic time, the complexities of multiple variables operating simultaneously throughout the text. Detailed and interesting Case histories are also intertwined with current content to give students a broad historical understanding of our dynamic and evolving planet.

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    Geotechnical Engineers Portable Handbook, Second Edition

    Geotechnical Engineers Portable Handbook, Second Edition Lowest new price: $46.51
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    Author: Robert W. Day

    Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product.

    Instant access to the latest geotechnical engineering data

    Fully updated to include the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), Geotechnical Engineer's Portable Handbook, Second Edition, features a wealth of on-the-job geotechnical and construction related information in a convenient, quick-reference format. This practical resource is filled with essential data, formulas, and guidelines you can access right away. Detailed tables, charts, graphs, and illustrations are included throughout the book for ease of use in the field.

    Coverage includes:

    • Field exploration
    • Laboratory testing
    • Soil and rock classification
    • Phase relationships
    • Effective stress and stress distribution
    • Shear strength
    • Permeability and seepage
    • Settlement analyses
    • Bearing capacity analyses
    • Pavement and pipeline design
    • Expansive soil
    • Slope stability
    • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
    • Erosion analyses
    • Retaining walls
    • Deterioration
    • Foundations
    • Grading and other site improvement methods
    • Groundwater and percolation tests
    • Excavation, underpinning, and field lead tests
    • Geosynthetics
    • Instrumentation
    • International Building Code regulations for soils
    • International Building Code regulations for foundations

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