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Periglacial Environment

ISBN-10: 047086589X
ISBN-13: 9780470865897
Edition: 3rd 2007 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

'The Periglacial Environment' presents a balanced and comprehensive account of the characteristics and significance of periglacial processes, landforms and deposits.

The Periglacial Domain
Introduction
The periglacial concept
Disciplinary considerations
The growth of periglacial knowledge
The periglacial domain
The scope of periglacial geomorphology
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Periglacial Landscapes?
Introduction
Proglacial, paraglacial or periglacial?
Unglaciated periglacial terrain
Relict periglacial landscapes
Conclusions
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Periglacial Climates
Boundary conditions
Regional climates
Ground climates
Periglacial climates and the cryosphere..Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Present-Day Periglacial Environments
Cold-Climate Weathering
Introduction
Ground freezing
Freezing and thawing
The ground temperature regime
Rock (frost?) shattering
Chemical weathering
Cryogenic weathering
Cryobiological weathering
Cryopedology
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Permafrost
Introduction
Thermal and physical properties
How does permafrost aggrade?
Distribution of permafrost
Relict permafrost
Permafrost hydrology
Permafrost and terrain conditions
The active layer
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Surface Features of Permafrost
Introduction
Thermal-contraction-crack polygons
Organic terrain
Rock glaciers and permafrost creep
Frost mounds
Active-layer phenomena
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Ground Ice
Definition and description
Classification
Ice distribution
Cryolithology and cryostratigraphy
Ice wedges
Massive ice and massive-icy bodies
Thermokarst
Introduction
Causes of thermokarst
Thaw-related processes
Thermokarst sediments and structures
Ice-wedge thermokarst relief
Thaw lakes and depressions
Thermokarst-affected terrain
Man-Induced thermokarstAdvanced reading
Discussion topics
Hillslope Processes and Slope Evolution
Introduction
Slope morphology
Mass wasting
Slow mass-wasting
Rapid mass-wasting
Slopewash
Frozen and thawing slopes
Cold-climate slope evolution
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Azonal Processes and Landforms
Introduction
Fluvial processes and landforms
Aeolian processes and sediments
Coastal processes and landforms
Wuaternary and Late-Pleistocene Periglacial Environments
Quaternary Periglacial Conditions
Introduction
The time scale and climatic fluctuations
Global (eustatic) considerations
Pleistocene periglacial environments of high latitude
Pleistocene periglacial environments of mid-latitude
Conclusions
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Evidence for Past Permafrost
Introduction
Past permafrost aggradation
Past permafrost degradation
Summary
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Periglacial Landscape Modification
Introduction
Intense frost action
Intense wind action
Fluvial activity
Slope modification
Advanced reading
Discussion topics
Applied Periglacial Geomorphology
Geotechnical and Engineering Aspects
Introduction
Cold-regions engineering
Provision of municipal services and urban infrastructure
Construction of buildings and houses
Problems of water supply
Roads, bridges, railways and airstrips
Oil and gas d

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