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By Mike Walker, John J. Lowe

ISBN-10: 1317753712

ISBN-13: 9781317753711

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1997 (first edition)

This third edition of Reconstructing Quaternary Environments has been thoroughly revised and up to date to supply a brand new account of the heritage and scale of environmental alterations through the Quaternary. The facts is very assorted starting from landforms and sediments to fossil assemblages and geochemical facts, and contains new info from terrestrial, marine and ice-core documents. courting equipment are defined and evaluated, whereas the foundations and practices of Quaternary stratigraphy also are mentioned.

The quantity concludes with a brand new bankruptcy which considers many of the key questions about the character, reasons and effects of world climatic and environmental switch over a number temporal scales. This synthesis builds at the tools and techniques defined previous within the publication to teach how a couple of fascinating rules that experience emerged during the last 20 years are supplying new insights into the operation of the worldwide earth-ocean-atmosphere approach, and at the moment are imperative to many components of latest Quaternary research.

This finished and dynamic textbook is richly illustrated all through with full-colour figures and images.

The booklet can be of curiosity to undergraduates, postgraduates and execs in Earth technological know-how, Environmental technological know-how, actual Geography, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Archaeology and Anthropology

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19 ka. These variables, in combination, exert a profound effect on global temperatures. The total amount of radiation received is determined largely by the eccentricity of the earth’s orbit, while the other astronomical variables affect the way in which that heat energy is distributed at different latitudes. In general it seems that solar radiation receipt in the low- and middle-latitude regions is governed mainly by precession and eccentricity variations, while in higher latitudes the obliquity cycle predominates.

In the semi-arid southwest of the United States, for example, work by Israel Russell and Grove Karl Gilbert in particular showed that extensive lakes had existed at some time in the past, and that phases of higher rainfall (pluvial) had alternated with more arid (interpluvial) episodes. Moreover, a relationship was postulated (although not clearly THE QUATERNARY RECORD articulated) between these climatic oscillations and the glacials and interglacials at higher latitudes. Similar relict drainage features in desert and savannah regions in other parts of the world were described by Victorian explorers and provided further indications of climatic changes in the low latitudes.

The principles and applications of the range of dating methods now available to the Quaternary scientist are discussed in Chapter 5. The third important development in Quaternary studies during the second half of the twentieth century has been the stratigraphic investigation of sedimentary sequences on the deep-ocean floors. Indeed, it would not be overstating the case to suggest that the results of research into ocean sediments have revolutionized our view of the Quaternary (Imbrie & Imbrie, 1979).

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