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Frozen Earth : The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages

Frozen Earth : The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages
Douglas Macdougall
University of California Press
Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages
  • Release Date
    2023-01-29
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  • Category
    Earth Science
  • File Type
    Book
  • Language
    English
  • File Format
    EPUB
  • Year
    2013
  • ISBN-10
    0520275926
  • ISBN-13
    9780520275928
  • Pages
    278 pages
  • File Size
    6.096 MB
  • Release Date
    2023-01-29

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Book Summary

The preface opens of  “Frozen Earth : The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages”  by reflecting on the ephemeral nature of ice and its ability to preserve snapshots of life, using the discovery of Ötzi the Iceman as an example. It explains how ice tells the story of Earth’s past and future, by unlocking secrets about climate shifts, extinction events, and more through scientific analysis. Specifically, core samples provide climate records that show how ice shapes the planet.

Transitioning to book structure of “Frozen Earth : The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages” , the first section examines major ice ages over geologic history, like the Huronian “Snowball Earth.” It explores how ice ages begin and end, and their impacts on the biosphere. The next section discusses how ice sheets form, flow, and disintegrate, drawing on studies of modern polar ice caps. Additionally, it covers glacial landscape processes that leave traces in the geological record.

The third section analyzes how ice cores reveal ancient atmospheres and temperatures. It also investigates ice age cycles, asking why ice ages intensify and how they correlate with orbital changes. The book then applies past climate information to evaluate modern warming and forecast future ice age possibility. Finally, the conclusion reflects on how the fleeting nature of ice can teach us about profound scientific concepts.

Overall, Frozen Earth offers a sweeping chronicle of ice through time, from ancient glaciations to future climate. Blending scientific concepts with reflective observations, it unravels the planet’s icy past while also probing ominous present warming. Spanning disciplines from geology to climatology, the book provides a multifaceted understanding of global ice.

 

Contents

  • Chapter 1 Ice, Ice Ages, and Our Planet’s Climate History
  • Chapter 2 Fire, Water, and God
  • Chapter 3 Glaciers and Fossil Fish
  • Chapter 4 The Evidence
  • Chapter 5 Searching for the Cause of Ice Ages
  • Chapter 6 Defrosting Earth
  • Chapter 7 The Ice Age Cycles
  • Chapter 8 Our Planet’s Icy Past
  • Chapter 9 Coring for the Details
  • Chapter 10 Ice Ages, Climate, and Evolution
  • Chapter 11 The Last Millennium
  • Chapter 12 Ice Ages and the Future 

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