After the Ice Age The Return of Life to Glaciated North America

ISBN-10: 0226668126

ISBN-13: 9780226668123

Edition: 1991

Authors: E. C. Pielou
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Description: The fascinating story of how a harsh terrain that resembled modern Antarctica has been transformed gradually into the forests, grasslands, and wetlands we know today. "One of the best scientific books published in the last ten years."--Ottowa Journal "A valuable new synthesis of facts and ideas about climate, geography, and life during the past 20,000 years. More important, the book conveys an intimate appreciation of the rich variety of nature through time."--S. David Webb,Science

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preliminaries
The Physical Setting
The Changing Climate of the Last 20,000 Years
The Dating Method
The Ice SheetsIce and SeaIce and Fresh WaterIce and AtmosphereIce-free Land: Refugia and Nunataks
The Fossil Evidence
Fossils
Microfossils
PollenSediment Cores and Pollen Diagrams
Dating: The Radiocarbon Method
Dating by Volcanic Ash Layers
Interpreting the Evidence
Some of the Problems
Interpreting Pollen Diagrams
Interpreting Geographical Range Maps: Animals
Interpreting Geographical Range Maps: Plants
The Migration of Vegetation
Shifting Zones of Vegetation
The Starting Conditions
Conditions in the Newly Deglaciated Land
The Invasion by Plants
The Renewal of Vegetation
Ecological Inertia
Photoperiodism
The Time of Maximum Ice
Eighteen Thousand Years Ago: Life South of the Ice
Large Mammals and Their Environments South of the Ice Sheets
Human Life South of the Ice
Plants South of the Ice Sheets
The Coasts
North America as an Extension of Asia
The South Coast of Beringia
The Western Edge of the Ice
The East Coast Plains and Islands
The East Coast Refugia
Beringia and the Ice-free Corridor
Beringia and Its Big GameHuman Life in Beringia
The Ice-free Corridor
Refugia Near the Ice-free Corridor
The Melting of the Ice
The Ice Begins to Melt
South of the Ice: Tundra
South of the Ice: Forest Parkland and Muskeg
Stagnant Ice
Superglacial and Ice-walled Lakes and Their Ecology
The Great Proglacial Lakes
Glacial Lakes Missoula and Columbia
Migration from Bergingia
Glacial Lakes Agassiz and McConnell
The Precursors of the Great Lakes and Glacial Lake Ojibway
The Rising Sea
The Sundering of Beringia
The Atlantic Shore
The Atlantic Coastlands
The champlain Sea
The Tyrell Sea
The Pleistocene/Holocene Transition
The End of an Epoch
The End of the Pleistocene
The Changing Forest
The Prairie Grasslands
Transition in the West: The Interior
Transition in the West: The Coast
Beringia at the Turn of the Epoch
The Great Wave of Extinctions
Extinction Waves: When, Where, and What
The Prehistoric Overkill Hypothesis
The Arguments against Overkill
Changing Environment Theories
Extinct Birds
Our Present Epoch, The Holocene
The Great Warmth
Some Northward Shifts of Northern Limits
The Hypsithermal at Sea
The Hypsithermal in the Mountains
Refugia from the Drought Human Life in the Hypsithermal
The Neoglaciation
The Spread of Muskeg
Increased Rain in the Prairies
The Shifting Ranges of Forest Tree Species
The Neoglacial and the Northern Treeline
Refugia Reestablished
Respites in the Neoglaciation
The Little Ice Age
Epilogue
Names of Species: English and Latin
Names of Species: Latin and English
Notes
Index
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