Tropical Glaciers by Georg KaserTropical Glaciers by Georg Kaser

Tropical Glaciers

byGeorg Kaser, Henry Osmaston

Paperback | January 8, 2007

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Tropical glaciers are both highly sensitive indicators of global climate and fresh water reservoirs in some fast developing regions. This book gives a theoretical and practical analysis of tropical glaciology including a useful definition of tropical glacier-climate regimes and an analysis of the main glaciological variables. The Rwenzori and the Cordillera Blanca are investigated as examples of tropical glacierized mountains. The fluctuations of their glaciers since the end of the Little Ice Age are reconstructed and the probable climatic reasons are discussed. The evidence of great expansions of mountain glaciers throughout the tropics on several occasions during the Quaternary are summarized, examined and then applied and contrasted.
Title:Tropical GlaciersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 10.83 × 8.46 × 0.47 inPublished:January 8, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521020964

ISBN - 13:9780521020961


Table of Contents

List of figureas and tables; Preface; Sub-preface; Prologue: the story of a glacial lake; Part I. The Nature of Tropical Glaciers: 1. A brief introduction on the matter; 2. The delimitation of the tropics; 3. The distribution of glaciers in the tropics; 4. Working hypotheses; 5. Glaciological key variables: tropics and mid-latitudes in comparison: Part II. Modern Glacier Fluctuations in Tropical High Mountains: 6. Modern glacier fluctuations on the Rwenzori; 7. Modern glacier fluctuations in the Cordillera Blanca; 8. Modern glacier fluctuations in the tropics and their possible causes; Part III. Former Quaternary Tropical Glaciers: 9. The nature, extents and climates of former Quaternary tropical glaciers, with special reference to the East African mountains; Prospect; References; Index.

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"This volume will be an important addition to research libraries dealing in earth sciences and global change issues and will be a useful addition in all academic libraries." Choice