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Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Glaciers & Mountains -- Oh My

Heather's picture

The world is such an adventurous and mysterious place.  Why not whet your appetite for adventure and the unknown by checking out some of the resources here at the UAPL Reference Department?  Here are some excellent resources on some of the Earth's most striking characteristics: earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers and mountains.

Reference Books:

  • Encyclopedia of Earthquakes and Volcanoes - Includes a chronology of earthquake and volcanic eruptions, eye witness accounts, and entries on history's deadliest earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Glaciers - Learn about the birth and decay of glaciers, different glacier families, and what it's like to live and travel on glaiciers.
  • The Mountain Encyclopedia - Includes information on the world's highest mountain peaks and volcanoes as well as the 50 tallest mountaintops in America.

Reference Databases:

Access Science - Learn about the characteristics of earthquakes, volcanic landforms and emmissions, the classification of glaciers, and the properties and evolution of mountain systems.

Facts on File Science Online - Check out these articles on historical earthquake disasters, volcanoes and volcanic hazards, the formation and movement of glaciers, and North American geology, including descriptions of the Appalachian and Rocky mountains. 

Gale Encyclopedia of Science - Here you can find online encyclopedia entries  for  earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and mountains.

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

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Robin Williams, the amazingly talented comedian and an Oscar-winning dramatic actor, passed away this week. He earned the nickname “the wildman of comedy” by doing such zany things as impersonating voices in rapid succession as well as for veering off topic during serious interviews. If you are a fan you will remember your favorite jokes, characters and one-liners from his varied repertoire.  If you would like to learn more about the breadth and depth of his career, as well as his sometimes-troubled life, go to the Gale Biography in Context database. It offers a panoply of sources of information about him in one location.

When you click on the link above, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN before connecting to the database.  

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