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Geography: Exploring our Amazing World

Atkinson, Brett. LONELY PLANET’S 1000 ULTIMATE ADVENTURES (2013)

Identifies one thousand extreme travel adventures that fall into such categories as action-packed jungles, mind-blowing marathons, mountain biking spills, city hikes, coast-to-coast missions, and indoor thrills. (NON FICTION G 516 .A85)

Barrie, David. SEXTANT:  A YOUNG MAN’S DARING SEA VOYAGE AND THE MEN WHO MAPPED THE WORLD’S OCEANS (2014)

Chronicles the author's first transatlantic voyage, when he learned to navigate using a sextant, and traces how this indispensible navigational tool was used by daring mariners to explore and map the world. (NON FICTION G 540 .B26)

Bellows, Keith, ed. 100 PLACES THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE: FROM YOUR BACKYARD TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH (2012)

Showcases one hundred different places to visit on vacation. These varied destinations will provide an unforgettable experience that will enrich and change a child's life in profound ways. (NON FICTION G 570 .A17)

British Antarctic Survey. ANTARCTIC PENINSULA: A VISITOR’S GUIDE (2012)

This book contains all the information visitors will need during their trip to the Antarctic Peninsula. The geographical setting, climate and weather, geology, glaciology and wildlife are discussed with maps and color illustrations. (NON FICTION G 890 .P3 A58)

Ehrlich, Gretel. FACING THE WAVE: A JOURNEY IN THE WAKE OF THE TSUNAMI (2013)

A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seemed lost. In an eloquent narrative that blends strong reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she takes us into the upside-down world of northeastern Japan, where nothing is certain and where the boundaries between living and dying have been erased by water. (NON FICTION GC 222 .J3 E47)

Elliot, Christopher. HOW TO BE THE WORLD’S SMARTEST TRAVELER (AND SAVE TIME, MONEY AND HASSLE) (2014)

Consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott gives you the insider scoop on how to travel smart in this new guide. Elliott guides you through the complexities of travel -- from cruises to car rentals, travel insurance to time shares, restaurants to resorts, and airlines to agents -- and arms you with the information you need for a successful trip. (NON FICTION G 155 .A1 E426)

Felix, Rebecca. EXPLORING CAVES (2014)

Information on cave formation and features, cave diving and extreme environments are a few of the many topics discussed in this book aimed at readers interested in speleology. (NON FICTION GB 601.2 .W66)

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Garfield, Simon. ON THE MAP: A MIND-EXPANDING EXPLORATION OF THE WAY THE WORLD LOOKS (2013)

The author examines the pivotal relationship between mapping and civilization. He demonstrates the unique ways that maps relate and realign history, and shares engaging cartography stories and map lore.(NON FICTION GA 203 .G37)

Goodman, Matthew. EIGHTY DAYS: NELLIE BLY AND ELIZABETH BISLAND’S HISTORY-MAKING RACE AROUND THE WORLD (2013)

On November 14, 1889, two young female journalists raced against one another, determined to outdo Jules Verne's fictional hero and circle the globe in less than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued would span 28,000 miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors' lives forever. (NON FICTION G 440 .B67136 G66)

Hanbury-Tenison, Robin. THE MODERN EXPLORERS (2013)

This book covers explorers who have disproved the idea that there is nowhere left to explore and discover. In their accounts the explorers tell stories of challenging and extraordinary expeditions to the remotest parts of the world. (NON FICTION G 200 .H36)

Heinrichs, Ann. MAINTAINING EARTH’S OCEANS (2012)

Comprehensive information on Earth's oceans, their importance, and the environmental threats placed upon them by warming sea temperatures, pollution and over-exploitation. (NON FICTION GC 26 .H45)

Jarvis, Tim. CHASING SHACKLETON: RE-CREATING THE WORLD’S GREATEST JOURNEY OF SURVIVAL (2013)

In early 1914, British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail for the South Pole, hoping to make the first land crossing of Antarctica. For three years there was no word from the expedition, and most assumed the men had perished. Remarkably, however, the crew was alive, thanks to Shackleton's leadership. Ultimately, Shackleton was able to rescue all twenty-two crew members -- a heroic triumph of endurance and leadership. In January 2013, using authentic period clothing, equipment, and rations, and sailing a precise replica of Shackleton's boat, Antarctica veteran Tim Jarvis led a six-man crew in an attempt to re-create Shackleton's historic crossings, while documenting the impact of a century of climate change on the region. (NON FICTION G 850 2013 .J37)

Lavery, Brian. THE CONQUEST OF THE OCEAN:  THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF SEAFARING (2013)

This book covers five thousand years of the ocean's history to tell the stories of the courageous individuals who sailed the seas for trade, to conquer new lands, and to explore the unknown, from the early Polynesians to the first circumnavigations by the Portuguese and the British. (NON FICTION G 540 .L29)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GLOBAL ATLAS: A COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE OF TODAY WITH MORE THAN 300 NEW MAPS, INFOGRAPHICS AND ILLUSTRATIONS (2013)

National Geographic provides a unique atlas with award-winning cartography and innovative content focusing on important issues affecting the world today. (NON FICTION G 1021 N3935)

Osman, Jheni. THE WORLD’S GREATEST WONDERS: HOW THEY WERE MADE AND WHY THEY ARE AMAZING (2014)

Go beyond the visual spectacle of the world's 50 greatest wonders, and discover what makes them such amazing places. With stunning images and expert illustrations, experience and appreciate the most famous sights on earth in an exciting new way. (NON FICTION G 153.4 .O853)

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Paine, Lincoln P. THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION: A MARITIME HISTORY OF THE WORLD (2013)

A retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world's waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human. (NON FICTION CB 465 .P34)

Pratt, Mary K. EXPLORING UNDER THE SEA (2014)

This book covers Earth’s deepest ocean trenches, ancient quests, new understandings of the deep sea and modern deep-sea exploration. (NON FICTION GC 21.5 .P73)

Reinhartz, Dennis. THE ART OF THE MAP: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF MAP ELEMENTS AND EMBELLISHMENTS (2012)

This illustrated history, from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, explores embellishments on maps but also what they reveal about the world in which they were created. (NON FICTION GA 105.6 .R45)

Streever, Bill. HEAT: ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD’S FIERY PLACES (2013)

Bill Streever sets off to find out what heat really means. Let him be your guide while you fire-walk across hot coals and sweat it out in Death Valley, experience intense fever and fire, learn about the invention of matches and the chemistry of cooking, drink crude oil, and explore thermonuclear weapons and the hottest moment of all time: the Big Bang. (NON FICTION GB 611 .S77)

WHERE THE LOCALS GO: MORE THAN 300 PLACES AROUND THE WORLD TO EAT, PLAY, SHOP, CELEBRATE AND RELAX (2014)

National Geographic Traveler provides a unique look at the places and activities around the world that captivate the residents -- from regional festivals, undiscovered local restaurants, and lesser-known art galleries, to quiet places to sit and watch another world stroll by. (NON FICTION G 153.4 .W537)

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