Quaternary Climates, Environments and Magnetism

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Quaternary Climates, Environments and Magnetism presents an up-to-date account of the rich variety of uses of magnetic measurements in the environmental geosciences. It focuses on the Quaternary geological period, and reviews the application of magnetic studies to climatic and environmental problems. Ten chapters by leading world authorities describe the highlights of environmental magnetic work during the last decade and identify directions for future research. Emphasis is placed on a multidisciplinary approach to achieve a more thorough understanding of the environmental processes involved.. "This volume will be of interest to research scientists from a wide range of disciplines working on Quaternary environments, including earth and environmental sciences, physical geology, geography and palaeo-climatology. It will also be valuable as a supplementary text for graduates and advanced undergraduates.
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"I highly recommend this well-written and organized book..." Priscum

"Quaternary Climates is an excellent choice for anyone with interests in climatic, environmental, or magnetic studies...From the preface to the detailed index, the reader will find much to be pleased about, and the breadth of the coverage in ten chapters is amazing...Highly recommended." Choice

"Quarternary Climates, Environments and Magnetism contains a series of informative papers that provide a good, comprehensive introduction to the field of environmental magnetism. It belongs on the shelf of anyone with a serious interest in environmental magnetism...Maher and Thompson's book is the only one available that combines the study of Quarternary environments and the techniques of environmental magnetism into a single volume." Palaios

"The book, carefully edited by top specialists in this sphere, introduces the reader to the current methods of environmental magnetism...The substance of this volume is very interdisciplinary, whereby researchers from different fields in the earth sciences may profit equally. The book, however, seems to be necessary for environmental scientists, climatologists and paleomagneticians. It may be also of interest for graduates, particularly those practicing in environmental sciences." Pure Appl. Geophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521155595
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2010
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 The North Atlantic as a Quaternary magnetic archive 49
3 Palaeomonsoons I: the magnetic record of palaeoclimate in the terrestrial loess and palaeosol sequences 81
4 Palaeomonsoons II: magnetic records of aeolian dust in Quaternary sediments of the Indian Ocean 126
5 Bacterial magnetite and the Quaternary record 163
6 Incidence and significance of magnetic iron sulphides in Quaternary sediments and soils 199
7 Holocene environmental change from magnetic proxies in lake sediments 231
8 Magnetic monitoring of air- land- and water-pollution 279
9 Environmental factors affecting geomagnetic field palaeo-intensity estimates from sediments 323
10 Magnetic cyclostratigraphy: high-resolution dating in and beyond the Quaternary and analysis of periodic changes in diagenesis and sedimentary magnetism 352
Index 383
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