Banned Books Week and new INSTAAR library books

September 23rd, 2013

It's Banned Books Week, when we celebrate the freedom to read and think freely. See what books have been challenged in Colorado or in your hometown on a Google Maps app showing data from the American Libraries Association.  (The map is current though 2012, though the legend says 2011.)

For library bonus points, download a list of books challenged or banned at a school district or public library during the 2012-2013 year, and use this week to read something from it. I recommend:

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
  • Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (Satrapi made Persepolis into an Oscar-nomiated film (2007) as well.)

They are all quite outstanding.

Speaking of books, we have some new volumes added to the INSTAAR Library. See if one of these might be interesting:

Princeton Primers in Climate
We have acquired Princeton Univ Press’ new series of short, authoritative volumes on the state of the art in climate research. It includes Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate, by D. Randall; Climate and the Oceans, by G. Vallis; The Cryosphere, by S. Marshall; and The Global Carbon Cycle, by D. Archer.

Tectonic Geomorphology
by Douglas Burbank and Robert S. Anderson, 2012 (2nd ed.)
This book reviews the nature of faulting and folding, geomorphic markers, chronological techniques used to date events and quantify rates, geodetic techniques for defining recent deformation, and paleoseismologic approaches to calibrate past deformation. Overall, this book focuses on the current understanding of the dynamic interplay between surface processes and active tectonics.

Data Mining for Global Trends in Mountain Biodiversity
edited by Eva M. Spehn and Christian Körner, 2010
Leading researchers from the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment of DIVERSITAS demonstrate how to harness advances in digital archiving of biodiversity, climate, and other data to further ecological and evolutionary theory.

The Mýrdalsjökull Ice Cap, Iceland: Glacial Processes, Sediments and Landforms on an Active Volcano
edited by A Schomacker, J. Krüger, and K. H. Kjær, 2010
Lowland glaciers are usually considered the best analogs for formerly glaciated areas. Part of the Developments in Quaternary Science series, this book investigates the process-orientated sediment-landform interrelationships of the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. A focus is understanding the interaction between volcanic activity and glacier response.