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Glaciers and Glaciation

Glaciers and Glaciation
Douglas Benn, David J A Evans
Routledge
Glaciers and Glaciation
  • Release Date
    2023-01-28
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  • Category
    Earth Science
  • File Type
    Book
  • Language
    English
  • File Format
    PDF
  • Year
    2010
  • Edition
    2
  • ISBN-10
    0340905794
  • ISBN-13
    9780340905791
  • Pages
    817 pages
  • File Size
    44.297 MB
  • Release Date
    2023-01-28

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Book Summary

Glaciers and Glaciation is the classic textbook for all students of glaciation. Stimulating and accessible, it has established a reputation as a comprehensive and essential resource.

In this new edition, we have thoroughly updated the text, references, and illustrations to provide today’s readers with an up-to-the-minute overview of the nature, origin, and behavior of glaciers, as well as the geological and geomorphological evidence for their past history on Earth.

The first part of the book investigates the processes involved in forming glacier ice, the nature of glacier-climate relationships, the mechanisms of glacier flow and the interactions of glaciers with other natural systems such as rivers, lakes and oceans.

Glaciers and Glaciation

In the second part, the emphasis moves to landforms and sediment, the interpretation of the earth’s glacial legacy and the reconstruction of glacial depositional environments and palaeoglaciology.

Glacier science has undergone enormous changes in the decade since the publication of the first edition of Glaciers and Glaciation. Improved remote-sensing and geophysical techniques have significantly enhanced our understanding of glacier dynamics and mass balance. These advancements have also enabled us to perceive the great ice sheets as comprehensive and integrated systems, marking a historic milestone. Stunning images of former glacier beds – both on land and under the sea – have become available, while previously hidden processes at the ice–bed interface are coming into focus as the result of down-borehole instrumentation, sophisticated geophysical data processing and carefully designed experiments.

These advances in observational techniques have occurred in parallel with breakthroughs in glaciological theory and numerical modelling, which now form major subdisciplines in their own right. The surge in activity has been driven by heightened apprehensions regarding the consequences of human-induced climate change. Specifically, there is a focus on understanding how the decrease in ice volume might influence sea levels, water resources, and natural hazards.  Glacier science at the beginning of the twenty-first century, therefore, is a vigorous, thriving discipline, with clear societal relevance.

Updating Glaciers and Glaciation to reflect these changes in the subject has been challenging, to say the least. The authors have extensively rewritten and restructured a significant portion of the book, placing greater emphasis on explicating glaciological processes and their resultant impacts. We have added a new chapter on the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets, and major new sections on glacier dynamics and volume changes, and their implications for sea-level change.

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