Dr. Glenn Stracher Authors New Book

Dr. Glenn Stracher Authors New Book

by Norma Kennedy | October 24, 2012
Last Edited: October 24, 2012 by Norma Kennedy
Dr. Glenn Stracher Authors New Book

Exuding passion and tireless energy day after day as a research scholar, professor, and author may be exhausting for some, but for Glenn Stracher, East Georgia State College professor of geology and physics, it’s simply a way of life.  For more than eight years, Dr. Glenn Stracher has been working diligently on his enormous coal and peat-fires research project, gathering information for it from all over the world. 

“I built it myself from scratch -- starting from nothing.  No work like this has ever been done and published.  It is a totally new contribution to science,” said Dr. Stracher of his comprehensive books, Coal and Peat Fires, A Global Perspective, Volumes One and Two.
Volume Two was released for sale in the United Kingdom this September, and it became available in the United States this month.  Volume 2 is 564 pages long.  Volume 1, which published in November of 2010, is 357 pages long.

The entire four-volume sequence is published in full color and in both hard-cover editions and as e-books.  A copy of each hard-cover edition will be available in the East Georgia State College’s library.

Dr. Stracher has served as editor-in-chief of the project and invited some top-notch scientists to serve as co-editors; they accepted.  Co-editor, Dr. Anupma Prakash (from India), is a Professor of Geophysics and Geology at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks.  She visited EGSC a couple of years ago. 
Co-editor Ellina Sokol is a distinguished research scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Novosibirsk, Siberia.  Dr. Stracher met Ellina some years ago in Denver, Colorado during a coal-fires symposium that he organized and led for the Geological Society of America. 
For the fourth volume, there will be a guest co-editor, Dr. Guillermo Rein (from Spain), Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Imperial College of London, England and The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dr. Rudiger Gens (from Germany) is a GIS Engineer at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and he developed the interactive online world map of coal and peat fires available with the book.

The following link provides more information about the book, Dr. Stracher’s work, and the co-editors:

By following the links at the top of the page for the above URL, additional information is available about the four-volume book and the project itself.

A number of former EGSC students will have presentations published on line on a large multi-media web site that Elsevier is designing to accompany the four-volume book.  Each student's name is listed in the Table of Contents inside the front cover of Volume 2.  The web site will also include peer-reviewed on line publications, coal and peat-fires movies, radio-talk shows, presentations given at professional meetings, hundreds of color photos, gas and mineral data banks for use by scientists for their research, and much more.

EGSC student and lab assistant, Chelsea Faircloth, assisted Dr. Stracher this past summer with photo proofing for Volume 2.  Chelsea's assistance is mentioned on the "Acknowledgments" page inside the front cover of this volume.

In addition to the numerous chapters and hundreds of pages Dr. Stracher authored for each Volume, EGSC Professor Yelena White co-authored a chapter with him in Volume 2 (along with scientists from Israel, Kazakhstan, and Russia), about Kazakhstan's mud volcanoes and the associated hydrocarbon combustion.

On the front cover of Volume 2 is a snapshot from Waycross, Georgia of the Okefenokee peat fire that burned from April to July 2007.  That summer, smoke from the fire could be seen here in Swainsboro.   “I saw the smoke from campus one day after my summer class,” said Dr. Stracher. 
A similar fire broke out in an ancient peat bog in Hinesville, Georgia last year, and Dr. Stracher stated that he is planning to undertake an investigation of the Hinesville fire and ancient fires at Okefenokee once the four-volume set is completed.  He is now working on Volumes 3 and 4 and hopes to have these completed around the end of 2013. 

Volume 1 was given a stellar review by esteemed scientist, Dr. John van Genderen, a satellite-imaging scientist at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands.  Dr. van Genderen has studied Chinese mine fires for years and he published the first annual carbon dioxide emissions data for these fires.  His review of Dr. Stracher’s book is published in the September issue of the International Journal of Digital Earth.  He has volunteered, along with other scientists, to do a comprehensive review of Volume 2. 
Dr. van Genderen invited Dr. Stracher to travel to Malaysia next year (2013) to give the keynote opening presentation at the International Digital Earth Conference that he is organizing.  Unfortunately, Dr. Stracher won't be able to attend, but stated, “the invitation was an honor.”

After the completion of Volumes 3 and 4, Dr. Stracher will be authoring a new chemical thermodynamics textbook with Dr. Donald L. Johnson, a retired chemical engineer and metallurgist, who lives in Arizona.  He has been studying, along with an underwater dive team at Pearl Harbor, the combined effects of salt-water corrosion and microbes on the hull of the Battleship U.S.S. Arizona -- that sank in Pearl Harbor during WW II.  His work with the ship was featured on the History Channel. 
Interestingly, Dr. Stracher taught a graduate course in thermodynamics for four years at the Georgia Institute of Technology, using a textbook he co-authored that was also translated into Japanese.
In 1990 Dr. Stracher was nominated by the United Nations as a Fulbright Scholar and did postdoctoral research as a Lady Davis Scholar at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.  
He began his teaching career at East Georgia College in 1992 and is now an internationally known research scientist, frequently cited and consulted about his important work with catastrophic coal mine fires burning around the world. 
In addition, he is an outstanding teacher, exceptionally devoted to his students, exemplified by multiple listings in “Who's Who Among America's Teachers” and “Who’s Who in America, Science and Engineering.” In 2010, Dr. Stracher received the University System of Georgia’s Shining Star Award for excellence in scholarly research and academic teaching.

Dr. Stracher has also been interviewed and featured in Discovery magazine and the National Geographic movie, Underground Inferno.

Deservingly, the University of Nebraska, where Dr. Stracher completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology and Engineering Mechanics, has established an annual Earth and Atmospheric Sciences award in his surname.  

As he has for the past 22 years, Dr. Stracher continues to inspire and mentor students at East Georgia State College, many of whom have gone on to become accomplished scientists themselves. Dr. Glenn Stracher has left an indelible mark on many lives, and through his teaching and ground-breaking research on coal and peat fires, his legacy will forever be remembered.