Glaciers / Edition 2by Michael Hambrey, Jurg Alean
Pub. Date: 08/15/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Glaciers are among the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth, as well as the least known and understood, for most of us. Michael Hambrey describes how glaciers grow and decay, move and influence human civilization. Currently covering a tenth of the Earth's surface, glacier ice has shaped the landscape over millions of years by scouring away rocks and transporting and depositing debris far from its source. Glacier meltwater drives turbines and irrigates deserts, and yields mineral-rich soils as well as a wealth of valuable sand and gravel. However, glaciers also threaten human property and life. Our future is indirectly connected with the fate of glaciers and their influence on global climate and sea level. Including over 200 stunning photographs, the book takes the reader from the High-Arctic through North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and South America to the Antarctic. Michael Hambrey is Director of the Centre for Glaciology at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. A past recipient of the Polar Medal, he was also given the Earth Science Editors' Outstanding Publication Award for the first edition of Glaciers (Cambridge, 1995). Hambrey is also the author of Glacial Environments (British Columbia, 1994). JÜrg Alean is Professor of Geography at the Kantonsschule ZÜrcher Unterland in BÜlach, Switzerland.
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Table of Contents1. Earth, the icy planet; 2. The glacier family; 3. Birth, growth and decay of glaciers; 4. Fluctuating glaciers; 5. Ice on the move; 6. Nature's conveyer belt; 7. Ice and water; 8. Antarctica: the icy continent; 9. Glaciers and volcanoes; 10. Shaping the landscape; 11. Glaciers and wildlife; 12. Benefits of glaciers; 13. Glacier hazards; 14. Living and travelling on glaciers; 15. Earth's glacial record; 16. Postscript: future prospects of glaciers; Glossary; Subject index; Location index.
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