Environmental Sciences

Ice Ages and Interglacials

Measurements, Interpretation and Models

Authors: RAPP, Donald

  • Provides an independent and complete summary of the latest data on ice ages
  • Explores theories and makes comparisons with all the available data
  • Extensive coverage: reviews all information known about ice ages in a scientific format
  • Will serve as the premier reference and sourcebook on ice ages
  • Acts as a primary textbook on ice ages and a secondary text on climate change
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About this book

Ice ages represent perhaps the most dramatic example of extreme climate change on the Earth. Understanding how and why ice ages occur is of great importance in our wider understanding of the global climate system and how it might change. If one examines Greenland ice data for the past 100,000 years, it becomes very clear that the relatively warm period of the past 11,000 years stand out in striking contrast to the 90,000 years of extreme cold that preceded it. We now refer to the unusually warm period that we are in at the present time as an interglacial; the long preceding period of cold is a glacial or ice age. During the last ice age, humans developed elaborate tools and homo sapiens migrated from Africa to Europe, but it wasn’t until that ice age ended 11,000 years ago that agriculture began and with it the foundation of modern civilization. It is therefore not surprising that there is enormous interest in trying to work out the mechanisms which trigger ice ages to begin, and what causes them to end. Of particular interest is the fact that ice ages appear to begin and end very abruptly on the geological timescale.

Previous and existing books on ice ages are mostly short, popular and non-technical. This book will provide an independent and complete summary of the latest data, independent of theory or analysis, before exploring theories and making comparisons with that data. Professor Donald Rapp has had a long and varied scientific and engineering career, with 48 years of experience in different fields. He has published many scientific papers and five books, including Assessing Climate Change, published by Springer-Praxis in December 2007.

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From the reviews: “In an extensive, detailed review of research, Rapp evaluates theories, models, data and their sources, methodologies, and assumptions relative to the prevailing astronomical theory. … His concerns … remind readers that the scientific method and neutral, objective analyses must not be abandoned in the search for understanding how the Earth’s climate is changing. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.” (L. S. Zipp, Choice, Vol. 47 (4), December, 2009)

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eBook $149.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-10051-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ice Ages and Interglacials
Book Subtitle
Measurements, Interpretation and Models
Authors
Series Title
Environmental Sciences
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-89680-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-89680-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-10051-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 263
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK
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