Cycles: Ice Ages and Glacial Retreat

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Global Warming is a seven-volume set that describes the most critical issues concerning this timely subject and explains in up-to-date detail the scientific principles involved. Each volume reviews the cause-and-effect relationships that impact the environment worldwide on daily, annual, and even longer time bases. Designed to complement science curricula, the books cover the spectrum of important climatic issues, helping the reader to build a solid foundation of knowledge with which to approach important topics related to global warming.

Global Warming Cycles: Ice Ages and Glacial Retreat focuses on the mechanisms that triggered past climate changes that repeatedly put Earth in and out of ice ages. The book compares "natural" cycles with today's global warming and presents the many physical factors that shape the Earth's climate. The book looks at how climatologists use landform clues from the past to assess global warming and how they apply that knowledge to help prepare current and future society for what is to come. Citing actual examples and multinational statistics, figures, and case studies, sidebars in the book enhance fundamental concepts and give the reader a sense of the urgency and enormity of the issue.

The volume includes information on

abrupt changes in climate

climate research

the cryosphere and isotasy

glacial retreat

hurricans and global warming

ice ages

ocean currents and climate

rising sea levels

tornado and thunderstorm research

water resources and global warming

The book contains more than 40 color photographs and line illustrations, sidebars, a chronology, an appendix of global warming information sites, a glossary, a detailedlist of print and Internet resources, and an index. Global Warming is essential for high school students, teachers, and general readers who wish to learn about important climatic issues and their impact on the environment and society worldwide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816072620
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Global Warming Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments xii

Introduction xiv

1 Ice Ages 1

Ice Ages-What They Are and Why They Occur 1

Sources of Information 12

Climate Cycles 16

Prominent Cooling Events 19

The Hockey Stick Theory 22

Will There Be Another Ice Age? 24

Changes Today Because of Warmer Temperatures 25

The Phenomenon Called Global Dimming 26

2 Glacial Retreat and Meltdown 28

Glacial Morphology 29

Past Glacial Evidence 33

How Ice Melts 34

How Glaciers Reflect Climate Change 37

Evidence of Global Warming 40

Glacial Retreat 42

Impacts of Glacial Retreat 52

Computer Modeling Applications 54

3 The Cryosphere and Isostasy 57

The Water Cycle-The Earth's Water Stored in Ice and Snow 58

Ice Shelves and Ice Sheets 60

Cryospheric Facts 71

Ice Caps 72

Glacial Isostasy 76

4 Ocean Currents and Climate 78

Understanding the Role of Oceans in Regulating Climate 78

The Role of Oceans in Climate Change 81

Cyclic Ocean Circulation That Influences Climate 88

5 Rising Sea Levels 92

Sea-Level Rise 93

Measuring Sea Level 95

A Historical Perspective 99

Variations in Sea Level 100

Effects of Sea-Level Rise 106

Future Projections 109

6 Abrupt Climate Change 111

Abrupt Changes in Climate 112

Evidence of Past Abrupt Climate Change 113

Causes of Abrupt Climate Change 114

Using Paleo Evidence to Predict the Future 118

Warning Signs Today 119

Global Warming as a Trigger 120

The Day after Tomorrow 124

Misconceptions about Abrupt Climate Change 126

7 Tropical Cyclones and Other Severe Weather 129

Hurricanes and Global Warming 129

Storm Surge Prediction and Simulation 134

How Hurricanes Are Named 135

Global Warming and the Hurricanes of2004-2005 137

Cyclic Theory 139

Hurricanes of the Past 144

Hurricane Katrina and Global Warming 144

The Costliest U.S. Hurricanes 149

Hurricane Research 151

Tornado and Thunderstorm Research 152

The Ten Worst Places for an Extreme Hurricane to Strike 153

8 Climate Research-What the Experts Say 157

Tracking the Ocean's Circulation 158

CO2 Sequestration 160

Large-scale Salinity Changes 162

Locating 64°F Water 163

Atlantic Freshwater 164

Southern Ocean Currents 165

Trade Wind Changes 166

Past Warmer Oceans 168

Breaking the Temperature Record 168

Arctic Melt 169

9 Conclusions and a Glance into the Future 171

Water Resources 172

Sea-Level Rise 174

Research 177

Chronology 180

Links to Global Warming Sites 186

Glossary 189

Further Resources 195

Index 201

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