Global Environments through the Quaternary: Exploring Environmental Change

Paperback | March 14, 2013

byDavid Anderson, Andrew Goudie, Adrian Parker

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We are in the grip of global warming: sea levels are rising; glaciers are melting, Arctic sea ice is thinning, meteorological events are becoming more extreme. But how do these changes compare with the environmental changes that have occurred in the past? How can they be put into perspective?What can we learn from the past to help us better understand how natural and human factors may interact to change our climate and environment in the future?Global Environments through the Quaternary delves into the environmental changes that have taken place during the Quaternary: the last 2.6 million years of geological history and time during which humans have evolved and spread across the Earth. Taking the reader through the Pleistocene and theHolocene, 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. Throughout, it aims to convey the relevance ofpaleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic studies to current environmental and climatic concerns. Climate change research foretells of potentially catastrophic consequences in the future and, even now, early indicators of those changes are evident in the retreating Greenland ice sheet, meltingpermafrost, changes in fish distributions in northern waters, and more besides. The book examines changes to the physical environment throughout the Quaternary, putting current concerns into perspective, and closes with a discussion of the causes of climatic and environmental change over differenttimescales - and the complex interactions between human impacts and natural processes.With climate change - itself but part of the perpetual process of environmental change - as important a topic of debate now as at any other time, Global Environments through the Quaternary is essential reading for any student seeking a balanced, objective overview of this truly interdisciplinarysubject.Online Resource Centre:The Online Resource Centre to accompany Global Environments through the Quaternary features:For students:* Links to external sources of useful informationFor registered adopters of the book:* Figures from the book, available to download

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We are in the grip of global warming: sea levels are rising; glaciers are melting, Arctic sea ice is thinning, meteorological events are becoming more extreme. But how do these changes compare with the environmental changes that have occurred in the past? How can they be put into perspective?What can we learn from the past to help us b...

David Anderson is Head of Geography at Eton College, UK. Andrew Goudie is Emeritus professor in Geography and former Master of St Cross College at the University of Oxford, UK. Adrian Parker is Professor in Geography at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pagesPublished:March 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199697264

ISBN - 13:9780199697267

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Table of Contents

1. A framework for understanding environmental change2. Sources of evidence for reconstructing past environments3. Pleistocene climatic change and environments of mid- to high latitudes4. Pleistocene environments of lower latitudes5. Environmental change in post-glacial times6. Sea-level changes of the Quaternary7. Environmental change during the period of meteorological records8. Links between environmental change and human evolution and society9. The causes of climatic change

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Review from previous edition: "Overall, this is an excellent all-round textbook on environmental change. It is well worth a purchase - essential for libraries - and is a welcome addition to the Quaternary literature." --Geological Magazine, 2008