Glaciers, so simple in chemical composition, are actually complex, vital entities. Far from being a passive chunk of ice, a glacier is a dynamic system, sensitive to its surroundings and constantly changing to adapt to its environment. An appreciation of the natural beauty of glaciers are created, how they behave, how they affect the environment and how they are eventually destroyed. Few people are untouched by glaciers. A significant part of the world's population inhabits areas formerly covered by glacial ice, which left its marks on the land. Today, glaciers are only found in select parts of the world, but by their influence on global sea level and climatic change, they could have a dramatic effect on modern humanity. Living Ice: Understanding Glaciers and Glaciation aims to increase our knowledge and understanding of glacial activity and products. It is written in a nontechnical and engaging style. The text is peppered with anecdotes and insights from one of the world's experts on glaciers and it is also liberally and thoughtfully illustrated by numerous stunning black and white and colour illustrations. It is suitable for anyone with a passing knowledge of earth science and an interest in the world of living ice.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.71(d)|
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Glaciers and how they are made; 2. Types, features and characteristics of glaciers; 3. Glacier movement; 4. Unusual glacier behaviour; 5. Glacial erosion; 6. Products of glacial erosion; 7. Glacial transport and deposition; 8. Products of glacial deposition; 9. The past and the future; Supplementary reading; Glossary; Index.