We were traveling for the first time since the pandemic so I have some catching up to do! We visited family in Rochester, NY, which is mostly pancake flat, but I ran up to the reservoir on Cobbs Hill (193 m), one of the highest landmarks in the area. As a Mountains 101 student, of course I had to find out more - it’s one of the Pinnacle Hills, a kame-moraine formation.
I coordinate a book group where we focus on nature and environment titles. We read a book about water each year, because it’s such an inexhaustible and fascinating topic, woven into every aspect of our world. Much of this week was familiar-but-enjoyable to me. I did learn (or re-learn) about:
- frontal rainfall vs convective storms
- diurnal flow from glaciers - so they are buffers against rapid change, like wetlands, which we degrade or discount at our peril!
- Interesting terms: rock flour, trunk valley, legacy pollutants
The water books for a general audience that my group has read so far are:
- When the Rivers Run Dry : Water, the Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century by Fred Pearce (2006)
- The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water - Charles Fishman (2011) - my favorite so far
- Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World - Judith D. Schwartz (2016)
- reading later this year: Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity - Sandra Postel (2017)
I’d love recommendations if anyone has some!