quinta-feira, 28 de julho de 2011

Visualizing Physical Geography (VISUALIZING SERIES)

Visualizing Physical Geography (VISUALIZING SERIES) By Alan H. Strahler, Zeeya Merali
Publisher: W.i.l.e.y 2008 | 624 Pages | ISBN: 0470095725 | PDF | 138 MB

This debut edition of Visualizing Physical Geography encompasses the science of physical geography from local to global scales, using a uniquely visual approach to take students on a journey from the top layers of the Earth’s atmosphere to the rocks underlying the ocean basins to the forests of the farthest continents. As students explore the critical topics of physical geography, their study of the climate, surface features, and habitats around the world uses basic concepts of ecology, geology, chemistry, environmental science, biology, and physics and many other disciplines. Visualizing Physical Geography reinforces these interacting components and, with its premier art program (in partnership with National Geographic), vividly illustrates the interconnectedness of physical processes that weave together to create our planet’s dynamic surface and atmosphere.
Visualizing Geography relies heavily on the integration of National Geographic and other visuals with text to elucidate concepts for students and solidify their understanding of them. The goal is to help students understand the world around them and interpret what they see in a meaningful, accurate and exciting way. The content, design and layout of the text takes advantage of the full capacity in which students process information – visual as well as verbal.
Visualizing Geography also helps students examine their own personal studying and learning styles with several new pedagogical aids -- encouraging students to apply what they are learning to their everyday lives. Visualizing Geography continues to offer ongoing study tips and psychological techniques for mastering the material. Most importantly students are provided with numerous opportunities to immediately access their understanding.

Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste: A Comparative Assessment

Ferenc L. Toth, "Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste: A Comparative Assessment"
Sp ring er | 2011 | ISBN: 9048187117 | 632 pages | PDF | 11,6 MB

Fossil fuels will remain the backbone of the global energy economy for the foreseeable future. The contribution of nuclear energy to the global energy supply is also expected to increase. With the pressing need to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the fossil energy industry is exploring the possibility of carbon dioxide disposal in geological media.

Geological disposal has been studied for decades by the nuclear industry with a view to ensuring the safe containment of its wastes. Geological disposal of carbon dioxide and that of radioactive waste gives rise to many common concerns in domains ranging from geology to public acceptance. In this respect, comparative assessments reveal many similarities, ranging from the transformation of the geological environment and safety and monitoring concerns to regulatory, liability and public acceptance issues. However, there are profound differences on a broad range of issues as well, such as the quantities and hazardous features of the materials to be disposed of, the characteristics of the targeted geological media, the site engineering technologies involved and the timescales required for safe containment at the disposal location.

There are ample opportunities to learn from comparisons and to derive insights that will assist policymakers responsible for national energy strategies and international climate policies.


F.P. Agterberg, "Automated Stratigraphic Correlation"

F.P. Agterberg, "Automated Stratigraphic Correlation"
Publisher: Elsevier Science | ISBN: 0444882537 | edition 1990 | PDF | 424 pages | 19.5 mb

This book provides an introduction to recent developments in automated stratigraphic correlation of fossil data, using computer programs for ranking and scaling of stratigraphic events. Mainframes or microcomputers can be used to aid the stratigrapher during data inventory for a region or time period, for construction of a biozonation based on stratigraphic events, (such as the latest appearance datum of a fossil species), and for automated correlation.

The book is intended for advanced geology students, research workers and teachers with a background in stratigraphy and an interest in using computer-based techniques for problem-solving.

Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry

John Daintith, "Oxford Dictionary of Chemistry"
Ox rd Univ rsity Pr ss | 2008 | ISBN: 0199204632 | 608 pages | PDF | 3,4 MB

Fully revised and updated, the Sixth Edition of this popular dictionary is the ideal reference resource for students of chemistry, either in high school or in college. The new edition features more than 4,300 entries, including hundreds of new terms. The Dictionary covers all aspects of chemistry--from physical chemistry to biochemistry--including topics such as metallurgy, materials science, forensic science, and geology. There are also biographical entries on key figures in the field. The book has single or double-page feature articles on important topics such as polymers and crystal defects, and chronologies that chart the main discoveries in such fields as atomic theory, biochemistry, explosives, and plastics. The new edition also features web links accessed via a companion website, featuring additional information that is regularly updated to ensure that it stays fresh. The volume concludes with nine appendices, including the periodic table, SI units, the chemical elements, Nobel prizewinners, and useful websites.


quarta-feira, 27 de julho de 2011

New Developments in Zeolite Science and Technology

New Developments in Zeolite Science and Technology: Proceedings of the 7th Intl Zeolite Conference, Tokyo, August 17-22, 1986 (Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis) (9780444989819)

Elsevier Science Ltd | ISBN: 0444989811 | December 1986 | PDF (OCR) | 1120 pages | 47.4 Mb
Zeolites are attracting a great deal of attention in various fields of science and technology. Many exciting new developments have occurred in their industrial application and these developments have in turn inspired much new significant fundamental research. This proceedings volume, containing 121 contributed papers, an introductory talk, two plenary lectures and nine invited lectures, is valuable not only for the quantity but also for the high quality and originality of the contents. The topics addressed cover all fields of science and technology related to natural and synthetic zeolites, namely: mineralogy, geology, structure, synthesis, ion-exchange and modification, sorption, catalysis, and technical applications (including agricultural uses). The numerous new results and concepts presented and the particularly timely publication of the volume make it a must for all involved with zeolites.

Handbook of Soil Analysis: Mineralogical, Organic and Inorganic Methods by Marc Pansu (Repost)

Handbook of Soil Analysis: Mineralogical, Organic and Inorganic Methods by Marc Pansu (Repost)
Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (June 14, 2006) | ISBN: 3540312102 | Pages: 993 | PDF | 10.91 MB

This handbook is a reference guide for selecting and carrying out numerous methods of soil analysis. It is written in accordance with analytical standards and quality control approaches.It covers a large body of technical information including protocols, tables, formulae, spectrum models, chromatograms and additional analytical diagrams. The approaches are diverse, from the simplest tests to the most sophisticated determination methods in the physical chemistry of mineralogical and organic structures, available and total elements, soil exchange complex, pesticides and contaminants, trace elements and isotopes. As a basic reference, it will be particularly useful to scientists, engineers, technicians, professors and students, in the areas of soil science, agronomy, earth and environmental sciences as well as in related fields such as analytical chemistry, geology, hydrology, ecology, climatology, civil engineering and industrial activities associated with soil.

Encyclopedia of Energy (6 Volumes Set) [Repost]

Robert U Ayres, Robert Costanza, Jose Goldemberg, Marija D Ilic, Eberhard Jochem, Robert Kaufmann, Amory B Lovins, Mohan Munasinghe, R K Pachauri, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Per Peterson, Lee Schipper, Margaret Slade, Vaclav Smil, Ernst Worrell, Cutler J. Cleveland - Encyclopedia of Energy (6 Volumes Set)
Publisher: Elsеvier Sciеnce | 2004-04-01 | ISBN: 012176480X | PDF | 5376 pages | 67.96 MB

This six-volume encyclopedia is a timely information resource as rising energy costs and consumption engenders a renewed focus on the subject. Comprised of 380 articles, it provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of energy. Not only does it address the expected scientific and technological areas such as engineering, physics, geology, and environmental science, but it also includes a strong social science component with history, economics, public policy, and sociology. Cleveland (director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston Univ.) and over 400 contributors from academia, government, and industry provide authoritative information in the form of lengthy, well-organized articles that are accessible to undergraduates and researchers. Each article has definitions, cross-references, and suggested readings to aid the user. Extras include a glossary, an extensive chronology of energy-related developments, a small annotated bibliography, key international organizations, and a wide range of energy-related tables such as measurement and units, physical property data, and production and consumption figures. Bottom Line The material here is on a more advanced level than the the three-volume Macmillan Encyclopedia of Energy. Whereas Macmillan provides overviews of the major energy topics, the articles in Encyclopedia of Energy have greater breadth and depth. Both encyclopedias complement each other well because of the difference in scope and surprisingly small overlap in content. But Macmillan may be a more affordable choice for smaller public, high school, and undergraduate libraries, while the Encyclopedia of Energy is strongly recommended for academic and large public libraries.
An invaluable resource for all academics, researchers, professionals and students either working in or conducting research in the energy and related environmental fields.

terça-feira, 26 de julho de 2011

New Aspects of Mesozoic Biodiversity - Repost

New Aspects of Mesozoic Biodiversity
S rin ger | 2010-07-29 | ISBN: 3642103103 | 185 pages | PDF | 2 MB

The proposed book is an edited volume which contains a thematic set of seven novel papers on contemporary issues of fossil vertebrates that includes new insights of tetrapod evolution during Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras, discovery of new vertebrate fossils including dinosaur from different continents, new information on palaeo-osteohistology and palaeobiogeography of the Indian plate during the end Mesozoic. All the seven papers of the proposed book are extremely significant in the present milieu of interdisciplinary research in areas covering vertebrate palaeontology, palaeobiology, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography. This book will give a glimpse of the present day state of the art knowledge of these branches of science. The papers of the proposed book are the results of pioneering researches of the concerned scientists who have excellently presented their ideas/views and new discoveries in their contributions making this book intellectually attractive to the researchers in these fields all over the world. The problems and issues addressed in these papers are of general interest, so this book will not only attract the vertebrate palaeontologists but will also arouse interest of the researchers and professionals dealing with evolutionary biology and biodiversity.

Out of seven papers of the proposed book, the first paper offers most valuable information on the recent major advances in palaeobiological researches on Palaeozoic-Mesozoic vertebrates and includes information on new discoveries filling the gaps in the evolution of higher taxa, application of new techniques such as molecular palaeontology, CT scanning of fossil bones and development of new concepts generating novel hypotheses. In the second paper/chapter a brilliant analysis is made on the evolution, diversification and extinction of the reptilian group, Lepidosauria, with its two major components, Rhynchocephalia and Squamata, since its appearance in the Triassic till today. One of the keystones in the evolutionary history of vertebrates is the new information provided by the discoveries of the new vertebrate fossils from different parts of the world. There are two such papers; one of them includes description of the earliest pterosaur of the world discovered from the Triassic sediments of Brazil while another paper is on the recovery and description of a new abelisaurid dinosaur from India. In the field of vertebrate palaeontology study of bone microstructure is a recent challenging development, which provides substantial information on the palaeobiology of the fossil animals. In one of the papers, the authors described the bone microstructure of a Triassic kannemeyeriid dicynodont from India and deciphered rapid osteogenesis and overall fast growth of the taxon with three distinct ontogenic stages. The penultimate paper/chapter deals with the Late Mesozoic Indian biota, their endemism, cosmopolitanism and evolution in the background of end Cretaceous mass extinction event as well as the extensive Deccan basalt eruption while the last paper/chapter compiles latest information on the tectonic evolution of the Indian plate with its biogeography during the Cretaceous-Tertiary period testing the models of geodispersal and vicariance.

This book will generate interest to professionals, researchers, teachers and graduate students of vertebrate palaeontology, geology and zoology of all the Universities as well as the researchers associated with the Natural History Museums located in different parts of the world. Besides, the academic or professional societies such as Geological Society of London, Palaeontological Association, UK; Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, USA; Palaeontological Society of India, Palaeontological Association, France; Palaeontological Society of China, Palaeontological Association of Australasia will also be interested to keep a copy.

Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture (3 Vol. Set) (repost)

H. James Birx, "Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture (3 Vol. Set)"
S.ge Publications | 2009 | ISBN: 1412941644 | 1632 pages | PDF | 51,6 MB

Surveying the major facts, concepts, theories, and speculations that infuse our present comprehension of time, the Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture explores the contributions of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and creative artists from ancient times to the present. By drawing together into one collection ideas from scholars around the globe and in a wide range of disciplines, this Encyclopedia will provide readers with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the elusive phenomenon experienced as time.


Surveys historical thought about time, including those ideas that emerged in ancient Greece, early Christianity, the Italian Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and other periods
Covers the original and lasting insights of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, physicist Albert Einstein, philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Discusses the significance of time in the writings of Isaac Asimov, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, Francesco Petrarch, H. G. Wells, and numerous other authors
Contains the contributions of naturalists and religionists, including astronomers, cosmologists, physicists, chemists, geologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers, and theologians
Includes artists’ portrayals of the fluidity of time, including painter Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, and writers Gustave Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony and Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis
Provides a truly interdisciplinary approach, with discussions of Aztec, Buddhist, Christian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Hindu, Islamic, Navajo, and many other cultures’ conceptions of time

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