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Groundwater - Our Hidden Asset (Paperback): R.A. Downing Groundwater - Our Hidden Asset (Paperback)
R.A. Downing
R154 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R14 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explains clearly how and where groundwater occurs, how it is used and how it is at risk.

Arizona Rocks - A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Grand Canyon State (Paperback): T.Scott Bryan Arizona Rocks - A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Grand Canyon State (Paperback)
T.Scott Bryan
R347 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R65 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Arizona is a geologist's playground, with a scientifically intriguing

story behind every rocky outcrop, dry playa, and

sparkling spring. Arizona Rocks tells the stories of 44 of

the best geologic sites in the state. Not only will you learn

about well-known places, such as Barringer Meteorite Crater

and Petrified Forest National Park, you'll also discover

lesser-known sites, including Hopi Buttes, which formed

from steam-driven explosions; Peridot Mesa, where gemstones

from the Earth's interior are found; and Montezuma

Well, a limestone sinkhole with a perennial supply of water.

Ample color photographs compliment the text, and maps

help get you where you need to be. Arizona Rocks is the

second book in the state-by-state Geology Rocks series,

which introduces readers to some of the most compelling

and accessible geologic sites in each state.

Airborne Measurements for Environmental Research - Methods and Instruments (Hardcover): Manfred Wendisch, Jean-Louis Brenguier Airborne Measurements for Environmental Research - Methods and Instruments (Hardcover)
Manfred Wendisch, Jean-Louis Brenguier
R3,546 R2,815 Discovery Miles 28 150 Save R731 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This first comprehensive review of airborne measurement principles covers all atmospheric components and surface parameters. It describes the common techniques to characterize aerosol particles and cloud/precipitation elements, while also explaining radiation quantities and pertinent hyperspectral and active remote sensing measurement techniques along the way. As a result, the major principles of operation are introduced and exemplified using specific instruments, treating both classic and emerging measurement techniques.
The two editors head an international community of eminent scientists, all of them accepted and experienced specialists in their field, who help readers to understand specific problems related to airborne research, such as immanent uncertainties and limitations. They also provide guidance on the suitability of instruments to measure certain parameters and to select the correct type of device.
While primarily intended for climate, geophysical and atmospheric researchers, its relevance to solar system objects makes this work equally appealing to astronomers studying atmospheres of solar system bodies with telescopes and space probes.

Clouds - All you need to know in one concise manual (Hardcover): S. Dunlop Clouds - All you need to know in one concise manual (Hardcover)
S. Dunlop 1
R307 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R62 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Made up of tiny water droplets or ice crystals, and encasing our planet in a protective layer, clouds are an important part of Earth's weather, and have inspired millions of hours of sky watching around the world. Clouds celebrates every aspect of clouds, including how they are formed, their different types, how they help predict the weather, and how they are transformed by geography, climate and the seasons. Offering a clear scientific explanation to classification and identification, the book will also include cloud myths and legends, quotes from world literature, and beautiful photographs of every kind of cloud, from Cumulonimbus to Stratus. It will also include the truly rare and amazing formations only recently identified, such as Asperitas and the Morning Glory roll cloud. Highly illustrated with directory photographs and beautiful skyscapes, this is a lay person's guide to understanding, recognising and interpreting clouds, written by astronomer and meteorology expert Storm Dunlop.

Atlantic - A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories (Paperback): Simon Winchester Atlantic - A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories (Paperback)
Simon Winchester 1
R262 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R78 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Krakatoa" tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution

Until a thousand years ago, no humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to far shores--whether it was the Vikings, the Irish, the Chinese, Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south--the Atlantic evolved in the world's growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water bounded by the Americas to the West, and by Europe and Africa to the East. "Atlantic" is a biography of this immense space, of a sea which has defined and determined so much about the lives of the millions who live beside or near its tens of thousands of miles of coast.

The Atlantic has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists and warriors, and it continues to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Poets to potentates, seers to sailors, fishermen to foresters--all have a relationship with this great body of blue-green sea and regard her as friend or foe, adversary or ally, depending on circumstance or fortune. Simon Winchester chronicles that relationship, making the Atlantic come vividly alive. Spanning from the earth's geological origins to the age of exploration, World War II battles to modern pollution, his narrative is epic and awe-inspiring.

Landscapes and Landforms of India (Hardcover, 2014): Vishwas S. Kale Landscapes and Landforms of India (Hardcover, 2014)
Vishwas S. Kale
R3,802 R3,052 Discovery Miles 30 520 Save R750 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The proposed monograph on 'Geomorphological Landscapes of India' will aim to describe and explain in simple words the geomorphological characteristics and the origin of the above-mentioned landforms and landscapes. The proposed monograph will provide the background information about the geology, climate and tectonic framework of the Indian region, as well as cover Indian climates of the present and the past. It will mainly cover the four main morphotectonic regions of India and about 15-20 distinct landforms of the Indian region as well as the major geomorphosites in India.

A Primer on Fourier Analysis for the Geosciences (Paperback): Robin Crockett A Primer on Fourier Analysis for the Geosciences (Paperback)
Robin Crockett
R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Time-series analysis is used to identify and quantify periodic features in datasets and has many applications across the geosciences, from analysing weather data, to solid-Earth geophysical modelling. This intuitive introduction provides a practical 'how-to' guide to basic Fourier theory, with a particular focus on Earth system applications. The book starts with a discussion of statistical correlation, before introducing Fourier series and building to the fast Fourier transform (FFT) and related periodogram techniques. The theory is illustrated with numerous worked examples using R datasets, from Milankovitch orbital-forcing cycles to tidal harmonics and exoplanet orbital periods. These examples highlight the key concepts and encourage readers to investigate more advanced time-series techniques. The book concludes with a consideration of statistical effect size and significance. This useful book is ideal for graduate students and researchers in the Earth system sciences who are looking for an accessible introduction to time-series analysis.

Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics - Shale Gas, Tight Oil, and Induced Seismicity (Hardcover): Mark D. Zoback, Arjun H. Kohli Unconventional Reservoir Geomechanics - Shale Gas, Tight Oil, and Induced Seismicity (Hardcover)
Mark D. Zoback, Arjun H. Kohli
R2,034 R1,905 Discovery Miles 19 050 Save R129 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the beginning of the US shale gas revolution in 2005, the development of unconventional oil and gas resources has gathered tremendous pace around the world. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key geologic, geophysical, and engineering principles that govern the development of unconventional reservoirs. The book begins with a detailed characterization of unconventional reservoir rocks: their composition and microstructure, mechanical properties, and the processes controlling fault slip and fluid flow. A discussion of geomechanical principles follows, including the state of stress, pore pressure, and the importance of fractures and faults. After reviewing the fundamentals of horizontal drilling, multi-stage hydraulic fracturing, and stimulation of slip on pre-existing faults, the key factors impacting hydrocarbon production are explored. The final chapters cover environmental impacts and how to mitigate hazards associated with induced seismicity. This text provides an essential overview for students, researchers, and industry professionals interested in unconventional reservoirs.

Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Henrik Hargitai, Akos Kereszturi Encyclopedia of Planetary Landforms (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Henrik Hargitai, Akos Kereszturi
R21,131 R18,686 Discovery Miles 186 860 Save R2,445 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This encyclopedia provides a snapshot of our current geological knowledge on solid-surface Solar System bodies. Each entry contains information about the features' morphology, its interpretation, proposed formation models, distribution and occurrence, planetary or terrestrial analogs, and research history. The entries are fully referenced. All image captions include original image IDs. More than 600 named planetary feature types are discussed in the encyclopedia, covering a wide range of scales--from micrometers to global scale--and also include landform types (structural or topographic features), parts of landforms, terrain types or surface textures, surface patterns, and features identified at wavelengths extending from visible to radio waves (e.g., albedo, thermal infrared, and radar features). The book covers features formed by impact, aeolian, magmatic, volcanic, tectonic, fluvial, lacustrine, marine and coastal, mass movement, sedimentary, desiccation, liquefaction, periglacial, glacial, nival, sublimation, collapse, weathering, and selective erosion or other, including complex processes. Depending on the information and formation models available, the entries have different approaches. Some of them discuss their subject from the point of view of the inferred process or origin, others are morphology or description-based. As a default, entries focus on extraterrestrial landforms, while also mentioning their proposed terrestrial analogs. Most planetary landforms are not body-specific, but some have no known terrestrial counterparts. Named historic (obsolete) landform types are also included to provide reference for previous key research papers. To make it easier to find features with related origins, the encyclopedia contains entries that list landforms based on their formative processes. It also lists body-specific features on Mercury (5 feature types), Venus (40), the Earth (13), the Moon (15), Mars (87), Io (7), Europa (17), Callisto (7), Titan (9), Triton (2), mid-sized satellites (8), and small bodies (3). Also included are entries on the 51 planetary feature descriptor terms approved by IAU.

Wild Sea - A History of the Southern Ocean (Hardcover): Joy McCann Wild Sea - A History of the Southern Ocean (Hardcover)
Joy McCann
R541 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R115 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"The Southern Ocean is a wild and elusive place, an ocean like no other. With its waters lying between the Antarctic continent and the southern coastlines of Australia, New Zealand, South America, and South Africa, it is the most remote and inaccessible part of the planetary ocean, the only part that flows around Earth unimpeded by any landmass. It is notorious amongst sailors for its tempestuous winds and hazardous fog and ice. Yet it is a difficult ocean to pin down. Its southern boundary, defined by the icy continent of Antarctica, is constantly moving in a seasonal dance of freeze and thaw. To the north, its waters meet and mingle with those of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans along a fluid boundary that defies the neat lines of a cartographer." So begins Joy McCann's Wild Sea, the remarkable story of the world's remote Southern, or Antarctic, Ocean. Unlike the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic Oceans with their long maritime histories, little is known about the Southern Ocean. This book takes readers beyond the familiar heroic narratives of polar exploration to explore the nature of this stormy circumpolar ocean and its place in Western and Indigenous histories. Drawing from a vast archive of charts and maps, sea captains' journals, whalers' log books, missionaries' correspondence, voyagers' letters, scientific reports, stories, myths, and her own experiences, McCann embarks on a voyage of discovery across its surfaces and into its depths, revealing its distinctive physical and biological processes as well as the people, species, events, and ideas that have shaped our perceptions of it. The result is both a global story of changing scientific knowledge about oceans and their vulnerability to human actions and a local one, showing how the Southern Ocean has defined and sustained southern environments and people over time. Beautifully and powerfully written, Wild Sea will raise a broader awareness and appreciation of the natural and cultural history of this little-known ocean and its emerging importance as a barometer of planetary climate change.

Europe - A Natural History (Hardcover): Tim Flannery Europe - A Natural History (Hardcover)
Tim Flannery 1
R480 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R112 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

A place of exceptional diversity, rapid change, and high energy, Europe has literally been at the crossroads of the world ever since the interaction of Asia, North America and Africa formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the continent of today. In this unprecedented evolutionary history, Tim Flannery shows how for the past 100 million years Europe has absorbed wave after wave of immigrant species; taking them in, transforming them, and sometimes hybridising them. Flannery reveals how, in addition to playing a vital role in the evolution of our own species, Europe was once the site of the formation of the first coral reefs, the home of some of the world's largest elephants, and now has more wolves than North America. This groundbreaking book charts the history of the land itself and the forces shaping life on it - including modern humans - to create a portrait of a continent that continues to exert a huge influence on the world today.

Stochastic Analysis of Scaling Time Series - From Turbulence Theory to Applications (Hardcover): Francois G. Schmitt, Yongxiang... Stochastic Analysis of Scaling Time Series - From Turbulence Theory to Applications (Hardcover)
Francois G. Schmitt, Yongxiang Huang
R1,172 R1,108 Discovery Miles 11 080 Save R64 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Multi-scale systems, involving complex interacting processes that occur over a range of temporal and spatial scales, are present in a broad range of disciplines. Several methodologies exist to retrieve this multi-scale information from a given time series; however, each method has its own limitations. This book presents the mathematical theory behind the stochastic analysis of scaling time series, including a general historical introduction to the problem of intermittency in turbulence, as well as how to implement this analysis for a range of different applications. Covering a variety of statistical methods, such as Fourier analysis and wavelet transforms, it provides readers with a thorough understanding of the techniques and when to apply them. New techniques to analyse stochastic processes, including empirical mode decomposition, are also explored. Case studies, in turbulence and ocean sciences, are used to demonstrate how these statistical methods can be applied in practice, for students and researchers.

Hurricanes of the Gulf of Mexico (Hardcover): Barry D. Keim, Robert A Muller Hurricanes of the Gulf of Mexico (Hardcover)
Barry D. Keim, Robert A Muller
R572 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R124 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"The storm has entered the Gulf." For those who live or travel near the Gulf of Mexico, this ominous announcement commands attention, especially given the frequency and force of hurricane strikes in recent years. Since 2004, the shores around the Gulf of Mexico have been in the crosshairs for an increasing number of hurricanes and tropical storms, including Charley and Wilma in southwestern Florida and Ivan, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike along the northern Gulf coast from Panama City to near Galveston. In this definitive guide, climatologists Barry D. Keim and Robert A. Muller examine the big picture of Gulf hurricanes -- from the 1800s to the present and from Key West, Florida, to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula -- providing an extraordinary compilation and interpretation of the entire region's hurricane and tropical storm history.

Drawing from their own research and from National Hurricane Center records, Keim and Muller examine numerous individual Gulf storms, considering each hurricane's origin, oceanic and atmospheric influences, seasonality, track, intensity, size, point of landfall, storm surge, and impact on life, property, and the environment. They describe the unique features of the Gulf that influence the development of hurricanes, such as the loop current and its eddies, and identify areas of the coastline that are more or less vulnerable because of physical environment, socioeconomic environment, or both. They point out that the increase in population along the Gulf Coast over the past century has led to a rise in hurricane damage as once sparse coastlines are now lined with residents, commerce, and industry. In addition, they assess predicted hurricane activity for coming years in light of competing climate theories as well as cyclical patterns over the past century.

Keim and Muller begin their book by scrutinizing the Gulf's deadliest storm, the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, whose victims received little to no warning of its approach. They then retrace 2005's Hurricane Katrina, the most costly storm, using NHC advisories and reports. Their comparison of these two catastrophic events shows that despite 105 years of tremendous technological advances, hurricanes remain ultimately rather unpredictable and human warning, readiness, and response measures continue to be imperfect. Keim and Muller also detail other memorable Gulf storms -- the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Audrey, Betsy, Camille, Gilbert, Andrew, Wilma, and more -- and give the hurricane strike records from 1901 to 2005 at thirty locations around the Gulf. They extend the New Orleans hurricane strike record back to the middle of the nineteenth century, providing key insight into comparisons of storm activities during the two centuries.

An epilogue summarizes the destructive 2008 hurricane season, including storms Dolly, Gustav, and Ike. Plentiful maps, charts, tables, graphs, and photos, along with anecdotal observations and an informative text, make Hurricanes of the Gulf of Mexico a captivating and useful volume for Gulf residents, storm trackers, or anyone fascinated by the weather.

Colliding Continents - A geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet (Paperback): Mike Searle Colliding Continents - A geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet (Paperback)
Mike Searle
R470 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R109 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The crash of the Indian plate into Asia is the biggest known collision in geological history, and it continues today. The result is the Himalaya and Karakoram - one of the largest mountain ranges on Earth. The Karakoram has half of the world's highest mountains and a reputation as being one of the most remote and savage ranges of all. In this beautifully illustrated book, Mike Searle, a geologist at the University of Oxford and one of the most experienced field geologists of our time, presents a rich account of the geological forces that were involved in creating these mountain ranges. Using his personal accounts of extreme mountaineering and research in the region, he pieces together the geological processes that formed such impressive peaks.

Clay Mineral Cements in Sandstones (Paperback): Richard Worden, Sadoon Morad Clay Mineral Cements in Sandstones (Paperback)
Richard Worden, Sadoon Morad
R3,536 R2,484 Discovery Miles 24 840 Save R1,052 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Clay minerals are one of the most important groups of minerals that destroy permeability in sandstones. However, they also react with drilling and completion fluids and induce fines migration during hydrocarbon production. They are a very complex family of minerals that are routinely intergrown with each other, contain a wide range of solid solutions and form by a variety of processes under a wide range temperatures and rock and fluid compositions.

In this volume, clay minerals in sandstones are reviewed in terms of their mineralogy and general occurrence, their stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, XRD quantification, their effects on the petrophysical properties of sandstones and their relationships to sequence stratigraphy and palaeoclimate. The controls on various clay minerals are addressed and a variety of geochemical issues, including the importance of mass flux, links to carbonate mineral diagenesis and linked clay mineral diagenesis in interbedded mudstone-sandstone are explored. A number of case studies are included for kaolin, illite and chlorite cements, and the occurrence of smectite in sandstone is reviewed. Experimental rate data for clay cements in sandstones are reviewed and there are two model-based case studies that address the rates of growth of kaolinite and illite.

The readership of this volume will include sedimentologists and petrographers who deal with the occurrence, spatial and temporal distribution patterns and importance of clay mineral cements in sandstones, geochemists involved in unraveling the factors that control clay mineral cement formation in sandstones and petroleum geoscientists involved in predicting clay mineral distribution in sandstones. The book will also be of interest to geologists involved in palaeoclimate studies basin analysis.Latest geochemical data on clays in sandstonesProvides important information for geologists involved in basin analysis, sandstone petrology and petroleum geology

If you are a member of the International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS), for purchasing details, please see: http: //www.iasnet.org/publications/details.asp?code=SP34

Hydropolitics - The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America (Paperback): Christine Folch Hydropolitics - The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America (Paperback)
Christine Folch
R507 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R110 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An in-depth look at the people and institutions connected with the Itaipd Dam, the world (TM)s biggest producer of renewable energy Hydropolitics is a groundbreaking investigation of the world (TM)s largest power plant and the ways the energy we use shapes politics and economics. Itaipu Binational Hydroelectric Dam straddles the Parana River border that divides the two countries that equally co-own it, Brazil and Paraguay. It generates the carbon-free electricity that powers industry in both the giant of South America and one of the smallest economies of the region. Based on unprecedented access to energy decision makers, Christine Folch reveals how Paraguayans harness the dam to engineer wealth, power, and sovereignty, demonstrating how energy capture influences social structures. During the dam (TM)s construction under the right-wing Alfredo Stroessner military government and later during the leftist presidency of liberation theologian Fernando Lugo, the dam became central to debates about development, governance, and prosperity. Dams not only change landscapes; Folch asserts that the properties of water, transmuted by dams, change states. Folch argues that the dam converts water into electricity and money to produce hydropolitics through its physical infrastructure, the financial liquidity of energy monies, and the international legal agreements managing transboundary water resources between Brazil and Paraguay, and their neighbors Argentina, Bolivia, and Uruguay. Looking at the fraught political discussions about the future of the world (TM)s single largest producer of renewable energy, Hydropolitics explores how this massive public works project touches the lives of all who are linked to it.

Ordovician rhynchonelliformean brachiopods from Co. Waterford, SE Ireland - Palaeobiogeography of the Leinster Terrane... Ordovician rhynchonelliformean brachiopods from Co. Waterford, SE Ireland - Palaeobiogeography of the Leinster Terrane (Paperback)
Maria Liljeroth, David A.T. Harper, Hilary Carlisle, Arne T. Nielsen
R1,188 R854 Discovery Miles 8 540 Save R334 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days
Mathematical Methods in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (Hardcover): Adrian Burd Mathematical Methods in the Earth and Environmental Sciences (Hardcover)
Adrian Burd
R1,178 R1,117 Discovery Miles 11 170 Save R61 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Earth and environmental sciences are becoming progressively more quantitative due to the increased use of mathematical models and new data analysis techniques. This accessible introduction presents an overview of the mathematical methods essential for understanding Earth processes, providing an invaluable resource for students and early career researchers who may have missed (or forgotten) the mathematics they need to succeed as scientists. Topics build gently from basic methods such as calculus to more advanced techniques including linear algebra and differential equations. The practical applications of the mathematical methods to a variety of topics are discussed, ranging from atmospheric science and oceanography to biogeochemistry and geophysics. Including over 530 exercises and end-of-chapter problems, as well as additional computer codes in Python and MATLAB (R), this book supports readers in applying appropriate analytical or computational methods to solving real research questions.

Biochar - A Regional Supply Chain Approach in View of Climate Change Mitigation (Hardcover): Viktor J. Bruckman, Esin Apaydin... Biochar - A Regional Supply Chain Approach in View of Climate Change Mitigation (Hardcover)
Viktor J. Bruckman, Esin Apaydin Varol, Basak B. Uzun, Jay Liu
R2,331 R2,147 Discovery Miles 21 470 Save R184 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Climate change poses a fundamental threat to humanity, and thus solutions for both mitigation and adaptation strategies are becoming increasingly necessary. Biochar can offer a range of environmental services, such as reclamation of degraded land, improvement of soil fertility and carbon sequestration. However, it also raises questions, regarding sustainable feedstock provision, biomass pyrolysis, and soil amendment. These questions, among various others, are addressed in this state-of-the-art compendium. Covering a broad geographical range, with regional assessments from North America, Europe, the Near East, and Southeast Asia, this interdisciplinary volume focuses on the entire biochar supply chain, from the availability and economics of biomass resources, to pyrolysis, and ultimately to the impacts on soil properties. The combination of theory with practical examples makes this a valuable book for researchers, policymakers, and graduate students alike, in fields such as soil science, sustainable development, climate change mitigation, biomass and bioenergy, forestry, and environmental engineering.

Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Microphysics of Clouds (Hardcover): Judith A. Curry, Vitaly I. Khvorostyanov Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Microphysics of Clouds (Hardcover)
Judith A. Curry, Vitaly I. Khvorostyanov
R1,831 R1,719 Discovery Miles 17 190 Save R112 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Thermodynamics, Kinetics, and Microphysics of Clouds presents a unified theoretical foundation that provides the basis for incorporating cloud microphysical processes in cloud and climate models. In particular, the book provides: * A theoretical basis for understanding the processes of cloud particle formation, evolution and precipitation, with emphasis on spectral cloud microphysics based on numerical and analytical solutions of the kinetic equations for the drop and crystal size spectra along with the supersaturation equation * The latest detailed theories and parameterizations of drop and crystal nucleation suitable for cloud and climate models derived from the general principles of thermodynamics and kinetics * A platform for advanced parameterization of clouds in weather prediction and climate models * The scientific foundation for weather and climate modification by cloud seeding. This book will be invaluable for researchers and advanced students engaged in cloud and aerosol physics, and air pollution and climate research.

The Mediterranean Sea - Temporal Variability and Spatial Patterns (Hardcover): Gianluca Eusebi Borzelli, Miroslav Gacic, Piero... The Mediterranean Sea - Temporal Variability and Spatial Patterns (Hardcover)
Gianluca Eusebi Borzelli, Miroslav Gacic, Piero Lionello, Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli
R2,427 R1,712 Discovery Miles 17 120 Save R715 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Surface, intermediate, and deep-water processes and their interaction in time and space drive the major ocean circulation of the Mediterranean Sea. All major forcing mechanisms, such as surface wind forcing, buoyancy fluxes, lateral mass exchange, and deep convection determining the global oceanic circulation are present in this body of water. Deep and intermediate water masses are formed in different areas of the ocean layers and they drive the Mediterranean thermohaline cell, which further shows important analogies with the global ocean conveyor belt. "The Mediterranean Sea: Temporal Variability and Spatial Patterns "is a comprehensive volume that investigates the temporal and spatial variability patterns in the ocean basin.

Volume highlights include: Discussions of state-of-the-art physical and biogeochemical properties of the Mediterranean SeaMultiple physical ocean circulation processes, both in time and spatial scales (basin, sub-basin, and mesoscale)How different regional phenomena in the sea influence the biogeochemistry of the basin and the ocean dynamicsSpatio-temporal variability of the surface circulation in the western MediterraneanDeep-water variability and inter-basin interactions in the eastern Mediterranean SeaUnderstanding the link between global ocean circulation patterns and the global climate

"The Mediterranean Sea "will be a valuable resource for geoscientists, oceanographers, and meteorologists.

Earth Science (Paperback): Phil Medina Earth Science (Paperback)
Phil Medina
R320 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R18 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Homework Helpers: Earth Science covers all of the topics typically included in a high school or undergraduate course, including:


  • How to understand "the language of rocks."
  • The events that we see in the sky and how they affect us.
  • Earthquakes and what they can tell us about the inside workings of our world.
  • How to understand the weather and what the weatherman is saying.


Homework Helpers: Earth Science is loaded with practical examples using everyday experiences. Every topic includes a number of simple tricks to make even the toughest ideas understandable and memorable. Each chapter ends with practice questions and explanations of answers.


As a reference tool Homework Helpers: Earth Science can be used as a preview of tomorrow's class or a reinforcement of today's. It will leave students with a firm grasp of the material and the confidence that will inspire a deeper understanding.

The Rise of Reptiles - 320 Million Years of Evolution (Hardcover): Hans-Dieter Sues The Rise of Reptiles - 320 Million Years of Evolution (Hardcover)
Hans-Dieter Sues
R1,668 R1,240 Discovery Miles 12 400 Save R428 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Over 300 million years ago, an early land vertebrate developed an egg that contained the embryo in an amnion, allowing it to be deposited on land. This moment marked the first step in the fascinating and complex evolutionary journey of the reptiles. In The Rise of Reptiles, paleontologist Hans-Dieter Sues explores the diversity of reptilian lineages, discussing the relationships among turtles, crocodylians, lizards and snakes, and many extinct groups. Reflecting the tremendous advances in the study of reptilian diversity and phylogeny over recent decades, this book is the first detailed, contemporary synthesis of the evolutionary history of these remarkable animals. Reptiles have always confused taxonomists, who have endlessly debated and rewritten their classifications. In this book, Sues adopts an explicitly phylogenetic framework to sift through the evidence and discuss the origin and diversification of Reptilia in a way no one has before. He also examines the genealogical link between dinosaurs and birds and sheds new light on the Age of Reptiles, a period that saw the rise and fall of most dinosaurs. With this single meticulously researched volume, Sues paints a complete portrait of the reptilian evolution. Numerous photographs of key specimens from around the world introduce readers to the reptilian fossil record, and color images of present-day reptiles illustrate their diversity. The extensive bibliography provides an invaluable guide for readers who are interested in exploring individual topics more deeply. Accurate, synthetic, and sweeping, The Rise of Reptiles is the definitive work on the subject.

Earth Science for Civil and Environmental Engineers (Hardcover, New title): Richard E. Jackson Earth Science for Civil and Environmental Engineers (Hardcover, New title)
Richard E. Jackson
R1,346 Discovery Miles 13 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This carefully targeted and rigorous new textbook introduces engineering students to the fundamental principles of applied Earth science, highlighting how modern soil and rock mechanics, geomorphology, hydrogeology, seismology and environmental geochemistry affect geotechnical and environmental practice. Key geological topics of engineering relevance including soils and sediments, rocks, groundwater, and geologic hazards are presented in an accessible and engaging way. A broad range of international case studies add real-world context, and demonstrate practical applications in field and laboratory settings to guide site characterization. End-of-chapter problems are included for self-study and evaluation, and supplementary online materials include electronic figures, additional examples, solutions, and guidance on useful software. Featuring a detailed glossary introducing key terminology, this text requires no prior geological training and is essential reading for senior undergraduate or graduate students in civil, geological, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. It is also a useful reference and bridge for Earth science graduates embarking on engineering geology courses.

Fruit from the Sands - The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat (Hardcover): Robert N. Spengler Fruit from the Sands - The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat (Hardcover)
Robert N. Spengler
R728 R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Save R221 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. With vivid examples, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed cuisines all over the globe.

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