Glacial Geology Ice Sheets and Landforms

ISBN-10: 0470516917

ISBN-13: 9780470516911

Edition: 2nd 2009

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Description: The new Second Edition of Glacial Geology provides a modern, comprehensive summary of glacial geology and geomorphology. It is has been thoroughly revised and updated from the original First Edition. This book will appeal to all students interested in the landforms and sediments that make up glacial landscapes.The aim of the book is to outline glacial landforms and sediments and to provide the reader with the tools required to interpret glacial landscapes. It describes how glaciers work and how the processes of glacial erosion and deposition which operate within them are recorded in the glacial landscape.The Second Edition is presented in the same clear and concise format as the First Edition, providing detailed explanations that are not cluttered with unnecessary detail. Additions include a new chapter on Glaciations around the Globe, demonstrating the range of glacial environments present on Earth today and a new chapter on Palaeoglaciology, explaining how glacial landforms and sediments are used in ice-sheet reconstructions. Like the original book, text boxes are used throughout to explain key concepts and to introduce students to case study material from the glacial literature. Newly updated sections on Further Reading are also included at the end of each chapter to point the reader towards key references. The book is illustrated throughout with colour photographs and illustrations.

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.914
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Illustrations
Introduction
What is Glacial Geology and Why is it Important?
The Aim and Structure of this Book
Glaciations Around The Globe
The Antarctic Ice Sheet
Greenland in the Greenhouse
Southern Hemisphere Temperate Glaciers: Patagonia and New Zealand
Northern Hemisphere Temperate Glaciers: Alaska and Iceland
High-Altitude Glaciers: The Himalaya
Tropical Glaciers: The Cordillera Blanca, Peru
Arctic Polythermal Glaciers
Summary
Suggested Reading
Mass Balance and the Mechanisms of Ice Flow
Annual Mass Balance
The Mass Balance Gradient: The Glacial Driving Mechanism
Mechanisms of Ice Flow
The Principles of Basal Thermal Regime
Patterns and Rates of Ice Flow
Glacier Response to Climate Change
Summary
Suggested Reading
Glacier Hydrology
Glacier Hydrology
Sources of Glacial Meltwater
Storage of Water in Glaciers
Methods of Studying Glacier Hydrology
Glacier Hydrological Systems
Subglacial Water Pressure
Discharge Fluctuations
Glacial Meltwater Erosion
Summary
Suggested Reading
The Processes of Glacial Erosion
Glacial Abrasion
Glacial Quarrying
Estimating Rates of Glacial Erosion
Patterns of Glacial Erosion
Summary
Suggested Reading
Landforms of Glacial Erosion
Microscale Features of Glacial Erosion
Mesoscale Features of Glacial Erosion
Macroscale Features of Glacial Erosion
Landscapes of Glacial Erosion
Summary
Suggested Reading
Glacial Debris Entrainment and Transport
High-Level Debris Transport
Debris Entrainment
Low-Level Debris Transport
Debris Transfer Between Low and High Levels
Debris Transfer
Summary
Suggested Reading
Glacial Sedimentation on Land
Direct Glacial Sedimentation
Fluvial Sedimentation
Summary
Suggested Reading
Landforms of Glacial Deposition on Land
Ice-Marginal Moraines
Subglacial Landforms Formed by Ice or Sediment Flow
Glaciofluvial Ice-Marginal Landforms
Glaciofluvial Subglacial Landforms
Summary
Suggested Reading
Glacial Sedimentation in Water
Sedimentation in Lacustrine Environments
Sedimentation in Marine Environments
Distinguishing Glaciolacustrine and Glaciomarine Diamicts from Glacial Tills
Summary
Suggested Reading
Landforms of Glacial Deposition in Water
Glaciolacustrine Landforms
Glaciomarine Landforms
Summary
Suggested Reading
Palaeoglaciology
The Methods Used in Palaeoglaciology
The Key Landforms Used in Palaeoglaciology
Former Subglacial Thermal Regimes
Palaeoglaciological Reconstructions
Summary
Suggested Reading
Index
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