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Frozen Earth By Doug Macdougall

Frozen Earth

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Explores the causes and effects of ice ages that have gripped our planet throughout its history, from the earliest known glaciation - nearly three billion years ago - to the present. This book traces the lives of many of the brilliant and intriguing characters who have contributed to the evolving understanding of how ice ages come about.
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Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages by Doug Macdougall

In this engrossing and accessible book, Doug Macdougall explores the causes and effects of ice ages that have gripped our planet throughout its history, from the earliest known glaciation - nearly three billion years ago - to the present. Following the development of scientific ideas about these dramatic events, Macdougall traces the lives of many of the brilliant and intriguing characters who have contributed to the evolving understanding of how ice ages come about. As it explains how the great Pleistocene Ice Age has shaped the earth's landscape and influenced the course of human evolution, "Frozen Earth" also provides a fascinating look at how science is done, how the excitement of discovery drives scientists to explore and investigate, and how timing and chance play a part in the acceptance of new scientific ideas. Macdougall describes the awesome power of cataclysmic floods that marked the melting of the glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age. He probes the chilling evidence for 'Snowball Earth', an episode far back in the earth's past that may have seen our planet encased in ice from pole to pole. He discusses the accumulating evidence from deep-sea sediment cores, as well as ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic, that suggests fast-changing ice age climates may have directly impacted the evolution of our species and the course of human migration and civilization. "Frozen Earth" also chronicles how the concept of the ice age has gripped the imagination of scientists for almost two centuries. It offers an absorbing consideration of how current studies of Pleistocene climate may help us understand earth's future climate changes, including the question of when the next glacial interval will occur.

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Frozen Earth Reviews


"Frozen Earth... should be required reading for anyone interested in the future of the planet." - Times Higher Ed Supplement (thes) "A remarkable story.... Nowadays, with climate change acknowledged in the media, perhaps the causes and consequences of past changes will once again become truly popular issues. This book may help make them so." - New Scientist "Frozen Earth is a comfortable-to-read ecotale.... Macdougall's writing is easy, pegging narrative to history of discovery." - Nature "Packed with detailed information... Macdougall's engaging style makes it a pleasurable and thought-provoking read." - Library Journal "Offers authoritative speculation and explanations of future climate changes, their causes, and their impact on both the natural world and human civilization." - Forecast "Lucid and informative... accessible to the interested layperson." - Publishers Weekly"

About Doug Macdougall


Doug Macdougall is Professor of Earth Science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is the author of A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire and Ice (1996).

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations Acknowledgments 1. Ice, Ice Ages, and Our Planet's Climate History 2. Fire, Water, and God 3. Glaciers and Fossil Fish 4. The Evidence 5. Searching for the Cause of Ice Ages 6. Defrosting Earth 7. The Ice Age Cycles 8. Our Planet's Icy Past 9. Coring for the Details 10. Ice Ages, Climate, and Evolution 11. The Last Millennium 12. Ice Ages and the Future Suggestions for Further Reading Index

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GOR002993474
Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages by Doug Macdougall
Doug Macdougall
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
2006-04-18
267
0520248244
9780520248243
N/A
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