Glaciers / Edition 1

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Overview

This book offers a comprehensive and detailed summary of our knowledge and understanding of glaciers and sets them within a global environment context. The text explains the significance both of recent advances in glaciology, and of teh many research problms that remain to be solved.
The accessible style adopted in the text facilitates a clear understanding of glaciers and the role they play in global issues such as environmental change, geoorphology and hydrology. The use of complex mathematics is avoided as the reader is introduced to important concepts and techniques in modern glaciology such as deforming beds, migrating ice-divides and stable isotope analysis.
This is an essential reference book for sutdents, professional geologists and researchers and would be ideal for those who want either a rapid up-date or an introduction to the subject. The books' discussion of recent discoveries and of reserch issues for the future, supported by a thorough reference list, enables readers to pursue their own areas of particular interest.

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Knight (earth sciences, Keele U.) summarizes what is currently known about the fascinating ice rivers for undergraduates and non- professionals as well as more advanced students and researchers. Avoids complex mathematics, he places glaciers in the context of such issues as environmental change, geomorphology, and hydrology and explains such concepts as deforming beds, migrating ice-divides, and stable isotope analysis. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748740000
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/18/2004
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Glaciers and the global system 3. Formation and mass balance of glaciers 4. Material, chemical and thermal properies of glaciers 5. Structure and morphology of glaciers 6. Glacier hydrology 7. Movement of glaciers 8. Glacier fluctuations 9. Glacial sediment transfer and geomorphology 10. Glacier hazards and resources 11. Ice cores 12. Research directions in glaciology References Index

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