The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future

The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future

by Richard B. Alley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691004935

ISBN-13: 9780691004938

Pub. Date: 10/09/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

One of the world's leading climate researchers, Richard B. Alley, tells the fascinating history of global climate changes as revealed by reading the annual rings of ice from cores drilled in Greenland. In the 1990s he and his colleagues made headlines with the discovery that the last ice age came to an abrupt end over a period of only three years. Here, Alley offers

Overview

One of the world's leading climate researchers, Richard B. Alley, tells the fascinating history of global climate changes as revealed by reading the annual rings of ice from cores drilled in Greenland. In the 1990s he and his colleagues made headlines with the discovery that the last ice age came to an abrupt end over a period of only three years. Here, Alley offers the first popular account of the wildly fluctuating climate that characterized most of prehistory -- long deep freezes alternating briefly with mild conditions -- and explains that we humans have experienced an unusually temperate climate. He warns that our comfortable environment could come to an end in a matter of years and tells us what we need to know in order to understand and perhaps overcome climate changes in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691004938
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2000
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Part ISetting the Stage
1Fast Forward3
2Pointers to the Past11
Part IIReading the Record
3Going to Greenland17
4The Icy Archives--Ice Sheets and Glaciers31
5Ice Age through the Ice Age41
6How Cold of Old?59
7Dust in the Wind71
8Tiny Bubbles in the Ice77
Part IIICrazy Climates
9The Saurian Sauna83
10The Solar System Swing91
11Dancing to the Orbital Band99
12What the Worms Turned109
Part IVWhy the Weirdness?
13How Climate Works131
14A Chaotic Conveyor?147
15Shoving the System159
Part VComing Craziness?
16Fuelish169
17Down the Road181
18An Ice-Core View of the Future185
Appendixes
1A Cast of Characters193
2Usage of Units199
Sources and Related Information201
Acknowledgments223
Index225

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