We have a gorgeous new Agates book, this time from Poland! The book “presents the majority of the best known agates collected on the Płóczki Agate Fields in the last 40 years that come from both private and museum collections.”
We acquired an incredible collection of several Turkish Geological Maps this summer. Thank you to Liz Catlos and her students for the time and effort it took to collect these maps and have them delivered to us!
And this week we finally finished cataloging and processing them, so you can now peruse them in the stacks at your leisure. Included are geological surveys, landslide inventories, and active fault inventories.
Not Sharknado, Sharkalanche, or Sharknami, this new James Mercer book is about another disaster that will change the course of history. Geologist Mark Malloy is kidnapped by a militia which hopes to use Malloy’s skills to create a mega tsunami that will destroy the American government as we know it. Malloy defies coercion, but can he hold out against the militia until his wife and a renegade FBI agent can rescue him?
The Tsunami that reshaped America is the third Mark Malloy book and is a new arrival to the Geology Library. We also have The scrolls : the missing eighteen years and The volcano that changed the world.
The Complete Cave Trilogy : exploration and exploitation of Mammoth Cave in the 19th century by Mike Phoenix, is one of a handful of fictionalized accounts of Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave and its renowned explorer and guide, Stephen Bishop. Part One: A Peculiar Education covers; Part Two: Between Worlds; Part Three: The Village of the Invalids.
For those of you unfamiliar with Mammoth Cave, the cave has a varied history as a saltpeter mine, hideout, hospital, national park, and home to endangered animals, but is also an example of the tradition of cave exploration and stewardship by African Americans.
Visit the Walter Geology Library and see our display of Mammoth Cave books and popular cave tours!
Mike Phoenix has another set of books- The Complete Jesus in Space Trilogy. The icon for Jesus in Space is a Jesus fish, head turned upward, like a rocket blasting off into space.
… you should read the Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters. The final installment, World of Trouble, was published this summer. The Last Policeman introduces Detective Hank Palace who continues to solve crimes even though asteroid 2011GV1 is due to annihilate the earth as we know it in six months.
If you’re not familiar with Ben H. Winters, he has an eclectic body of work, ranging from middle-school mysteries (The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman) to classic embellishments (Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters) to horror (Bedbugs).
Read this summer! We’ve been regularly adding to our GeoFiction reading lists and will soon highlight books for the caver in you.
You still have time to enter our Where in the World contest! Each day this week, we’ve posted a new photo of this mystery location. Identify the location and win a mystery prize! Visit the Geology Library and look at the 5 photos on our bulletin board.
Send your answer to email@example.com
To be eligible to win, you must be a UT student. In the case of a tie, the most detailed answer, including place names, formation names, coordinates, or description of the imagery, will win. Deadline is December 2, 2013.
Event: “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
When: 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 4.
Background: The University of Texas Libraries, along with the University of Texas Press, is presenting an event highlighting the historic maps of Mexico’s agave-rich western region contained in the collections of the Benson Latin American Collection.
Terroir meets territory as the second installment in the Libraries’ cartography series — “You Are Here: ¡Viva Tequila!” — focuses on the crossroads of historic and contemporary culture of Mexico and its tequila.
Lucinda Hutson, author of the UT Press-published ¡Viva Tequila!, will talk about the history of the region and the rise of Mexico’s most notable contribution to the world of distilled spirits, and attendees will view historical maps of Mexico from the Benson’s collection to help place the story of tequila into geographical context.
Identify a mystery photo and win a mystery gift certificate! Visit the Geology Library and look at the photo on our bulletin board.
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
To be eligible to win, you must be a UT student. In the case of a tie, the most detailed answer, including place names, formation names, coordinates, or description of the imagery, will win. Deadline is September 9, 2013.
We’ll offer a “where in the world” mystery image contest once a month.
I wish that I had come up with the nickname for Bullockornis planei, an extinct flightless bird, but I didn’t. Speaking of megafauna from a different part of the world, the Geology Library recently added Megafauna : giant beasts of Pleistocene South America by Richard A. Fariña, Sergio F. Vizcaíno, and Gerry De Iuliis at call number QE 881 M475 2013 Geology Library.