Environmental ChangeBook - 1983
We are in the grip of global warming, we are told: sea-levels are rising, glaciers are melting, meteorological events are becoming more extreme. But are these differences really a deviation from the norm, or are they merely part of an ongoing cycle of change? How can they be put into perspective? Global Environments through the Quaternary delves into the environmental changes that have taken place during the Quaternary: the two to three million years during which man has inhabited the Earth. Taking the reader through the Pleistocene and the Holocene, the book describes the evidence that has helped us to characterize environmental changes during these two epochs. It then explores the changes captured by more recent meteorological records in the period up to the present day. Current climate change research foretells of potentially catastrophic sea-level changes in the future; chapter seven examines sea-level changes throughout the Quaternary, putting current concerns into perspective. The book closes with a look at the environmental basis of climate change - and the impact of human activity upon it. Global Environments through the Quaternary captures our current understanding of the field with a vibrant, two-colour text design, using many custom-drawn figures to help students visualise the concepts being presented. With climate change - itself but part of a perpetual process of environmental change - as fierce a topic of debate now as at any other time, Global Environments through the Quaternary is essential reading for any students seeking a balanced, objective overview of this truly interdisciplinary subject. Unrivalled coverage of the entire Quaternary period enables the reader to build a balanced view of the patterns and cycles driving environmental change over millions of years. Global approach draws upon examples from a range of geographical locations, encouraging the reader to view environmental change on a broad, planetary level. Brings together discussions of the physical basis of environmental change and the human activities that have influenced this change, giving the reader a truly integrated view of both processes and impacts. Explores environmental change in the context of sea-level and climate change, demonstrating the immediate relevance of the subject to contemporary study and research. Book jacket.
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1983
Edition: 2nd ed
Call Number: 551.79 G723e 1983
Characteristics: xi, 258 p. : ill. ; 25 cm