The Edge: The Pressured Past and Precarious Future of California’s Coast

A masterful and sweeping synthesis of environmental and social science, communities, ecology, industries, The Edge presents a comprehensive portrait of natural and cultural history -- the story of the people, and wildlife of the California coast. Densely populated, and industrialized -- but also home to wilderness with complex, urbanized, fragile ecosystems -- the coast is the place where humanity and nature coexist in a precarious balance that is never perfectly stable.

. As ocean levels rise, coastal communities are starting to erode, and entire neighborhoods have been lost to the sea. The combined impacts of climate change, commercial fisheries, oil drilling and production, along with environmental advocacy, housing and commercial growth, all come together to define the future of the region.

Coastal ecosystems and wildlife that were already stressed by human settlement now face new dangers, some threatening their very existence. Written by two marine experts who grew up on the coast, The Edge is both a celebration of the coast's natural and cultural uniqueness and a warning of the many complex changes that threaten that uniqueness.

The pacific coast is the most iconic region of California and one of the most fascinating and rapidly changing places in the world. The edge is a dramatic snapshot of the California coast's past, present, and probable future in a time of climate change and expanding human activity.

Essentials of Oceanography 12th Edition

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The mastering gradebook records scores for all automatically graded assignments in one place, while diagnostic tools give instructors access to rich data to assess reader understanding and misconceptions. Also available with mastering oceanography mastering™ Oceanography from Pearson is the leading online homework, during, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging readers before, tutorial, and after class with powerful content.

Oceanography: the geological, biological, Chemical, and Physical Essentials of Oceanography guides readers through the complexities of what lies beneath the ocean. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and mylab & mastering, mobile, 12th  edition  is also available via pearson etext, search for:   0134113047 / 9780134113043 essentials of oceanography plus mastering oceanography with eText -- Access Card Package, 12/e   Package consists of: 0134298063 / 9780134298061 Mastering Oceanography with Pearson eText - ValuePack Access Card -- for Essentials of Oceanography 0134073541 / 9780134073545 Essentials of Oceanography  Essentials of Oceanography , a simple-to-use, personalized reading experience that lets instructors connect with and motivate students — right in their eTextbook.

Learn more. Instructors ensure readers arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class, and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources such as Learning Catalytics. The 12th edition discusses the ocean’s biological, geological, chemical, and physical components for an in-depth understanding of this vast and elaborate topic.

Introduction to California's Beaches and Coast California Natural History Guides

Accompanied by numerous color photographs, and maps, diagrams, this guide explains why California’s Pacific Coast looks and works the way it does. The guide answers such questions as:• where does all that sand come from?• Can we harness the energy of waves?• How fast does the coastline erode?• What lies just off shore beneath the waves?

Gary griggs explores the dynamic forces that have created beaches and the coastline through lively discussions of tectonics, human impacts, changing climates and sea levels, rain and wind, the formation of waves, and coastal erosion. From sunny beaches where thousands escape the summer’s heat to wild and isolated rocky cliffs, California boasts one of the most spectacular and diverse shorelines in the world.


Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge

Can environmental impacts be reduced or mitigated and can coastal regions adapt to natural hazards?  Coasts in Crisis is a comprehensive assessment of the impacts that the human population is having on the coastal zone globally and the diverse ways in which coastal hazards impact human settlement and development.

Gary griggs provides a concise overview of the individual hazards, risks, and issues threatening the coastal zone. These massive concentrations of people expose often-fragile coastal environments to the runoff and pollution from municipal, industrial, and agricultural sources as well as the impacts of resource exploitation and a wide range of other human impacts.

Hundreds of millions of people living in these low-lying areas are subject to short-term coastal hazards such as cyclones, and destruction due to El Niño, hurricanes, and are also exposed to the long-term threat of global sea-level rise. Coastal regions around the world have become increasingly crowded, intensively developed, and severely exploited.


Essentials of Oceanography 13th Edition

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Dive in to oceanography with trusted content and innovative media As the bestselling brief book in the oceanography market, Essentials of Oceanography combines dynamic visuals and a student-friendly narrative to bring oceanography to life. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Oceanography, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID.

An emphasis on the process of science throughout the text provides students with an understanding of how scientists think and work. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. A new creature Feature provides fun facts about marine animals to engage students. Note: you are purchasing a standalone product; Mastering Oceanography does not come packaged with this content.

The text’s engaging features and the extensive suite of animations and videos keep students interested and excited about the material. For courses in oceanography. The 13th edition creates an interactive learning experience that provides tightly integrated text and digital offerings to make oceanography approachable and digestible for students.

A Natural History of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

A sharp, abundantly illustrated work that describes all aspects of the 5, 300-square-mile sanctuary which protects a fifth of California's coastal waters. Simultaneously informative and visually appealing. A great way to introduce kids to the region's fascinating natural history.

The Last Beach

Pilkey and J. They discuss the toll taken by sand mining, and pollution, trash that washes up on beaches, surprisingly, which has contaminated not only the water but also, the sand. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

Andrew G. Combining case studies and anecdotes from around the world, they argue that many of the world's developed beaches, including some in Florida and in Spain, are virtually doomed and that we must act immediately to save imperiled beaches. After explaining beaches as dynamic ecosystems, Pilkey and Cooper assess the harm done by dense oceanfront development accompanied by the construction of massive seawalls to protect new buildings from a shoreline that encroaches as sea levels rise.

The geologists Orrin H. Acknowledging the challenge of reconciling our actions with our love of beaches, insisting that given the space, the geologists offer suggestions for reversing course, beaches can take care of themselves and provide us with multiple benefits. The last beach is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time.

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American Difference; American Politics from a Comparative Perspective

Duke University Press. Poloni-staudinger and Michael R. Used in conjunction with a textbook for courses in Introduction to American Politics, or Introduction to Politics, Introduction to Comparative Politics, this book will provide additional context and deepen students’ understanding of key political concepts.

In american difference: American Politics from a Comparative Perspective, authors Lori M. Cq press. Examining democracies from a comparative perspective helps us better understand why politics―or "who gets what, when, and how"―differs among democracies. Wolf take the reader through different aspects of democracy―political culture, interest groups, institutions, political parties and elections―and explore how the US is both different from and similar to other democracies.


The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

I encourage people to read this book. Alan weisman,  the new York Review of Books Duke University Press. Cq press. The book is a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet. Farhad manjoo,  the New York Times“Riveting. He avoids the ‘eerily banal language of climatology’ in favor of lush, rolling prose.

Jennifer szalai,  the new york times“The book has potential to be this generation’s Silent Spring. The washington post“the uninhabitable Earth,  which has become a best seller, taps into the underlying emotion of the day: fear. Wallace-wells has resolved to offer something other than the standard narrative of climate change.

1 new york times bestseller • “the uninhabitable earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon. Andrew solomon, much worse, author of The Noonday DemonIt is worse, than you think. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too. The economist“Potent and evocative.

Parable of the Sower

Cq press. And a startling vision of human destiny. K. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others' emotions. Precocious and clear-eyed, lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores.

Butler "pairs well with 1984 or the handmaid's Tale" John Green, New York Times--now with a new foreword by N. When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day.

But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith. Jemisin. This highly acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from award-winning author Octavia E. Duke University Press. Fifteen-year-old lauren olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy.


Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future

Struzik weaves a heart-pumping narrative of science, and human determination and points to the ways that we, economics, and the wilder inhabitants of the forests around our cities and towns, politics, might yet flourish in an age of growing megafires. Yet it’s not a stretch to imagine we will all soon live in a world in which fires like the Beast are commonplace.

Duke University Press. Wildfires can no longer be treated as avoidable events because the risk and dangers are becoming too great and costly. There is too much fuel on the ground, too many people and assets to protect, and no plan in place to deal with these challenges. In firestorm, firefighters, and introduces the scientists, journalist Edward Struzik visits scorched earth from Alaska to Maine, and resource managers making the case for a radically different approach to managing wildfire in the 21st century.

Our understanding of the role fire plays in healthy forests has come a long way in the past century. Frightening. Firestorm comes alive when Struzik discusses the work of offbeat scientists. New york times Book Review "Comprehensive and compelling. Booklist"A powerful message.