BN.com Gift Guide

Cycles: Ice Ages and Glacial Retreat

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $20.15
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 49%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $20.15   
  • New (2) from $20.18   
  • Used (3) from $20.15   

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

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

Preface|viii

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)