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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.

The authors' photographs form the core of this magnificent introduction to these beautiful, but mysterious, natural wonders, while a lively running text examines such major themes as climate, environmental change, natural history, and the lasting impact of glaciers on the natural landscape. Over 150 photos, 85 in full color.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521828086
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Awarded the Polar Medal for outstanding work on various expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. Director of the Centre for Glaciology, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Teaches geography at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland in Switzerland from where he regularly leads glaciological field camps for students.

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Table of Contents

1 Earth, the icy planet 1
2 The glacier family 11
3 Birth, growth and decay of glaciers 25
4 Fluctuating glaciers 43
5 Ice on the move 69
6 Nature's conveyor belt 101
7 Ice and water 117
8 Antarctica : the icy continent 137
9 Glaciers and volcanoes 161
10 Shaping the landscape 177
11 Glaciers and wildlife 203
12 Benefits of glaciers 227
13 Glacier hazards 241
14 Living and travelling on glaciers 271
15 Earth's glacial record 303
16 Postscript : future prospects of glaciers 335
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