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Ice Ages Solving the Mystery

ISBN-10: 0674440757
ISBN-13: 9780674440753
Edition: 1979
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Description: This book tells the exciting story of the ice ages--what they were like, why they occurred, and when the next one is due. The solution to the ice age mystery originated when the National Science Foundation organized the CLIMAP project to study  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1979
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 7/30/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This book tells the exciting story of the ice ages--what they were like, why they occurred, and when the next one is due. The solution to the ice age mystery originated when the National Science Foundation organized the CLIMAP project to study changes in the earth's climate over the past 700,000 years. One of the goals was to produce a map of the earth during the last ice age. Scientists examined cores of sediment from the Indian Ocean bed and deciphered a continuous history for the past 500,000 years. Their work ultimately confirmed the theory that the earth's irregular orbital motions account for the bizarre climatic changes which bring on ice ages. This is a tale of scientific discovery and the colorful people who participated: Louis Agassiz, the young Swiss naturalist whose geological studies first convinced scientists that the earth has recently passed through an ice age; the Reverend William Buckland, an eccentric but respected Oxford professor who fought so hard against the ice-age theory before accepting it; James Croll, a Scots mechanic who educated himself as a scientist and first formulated the astronomic theory of ice ages; Milutin Milankovitch, the Serbian mathematician who gave the astronomic theory its firm quantitative foundation; and the many other astronomers, geochemists, geologists, paleontologists, and geophysicists who have been engaged for nearly a century and a half in the pressing search for a solution to the ice-age mystery.

Preface List of Illustrations Prologue: The Forgotten Ice Age
Ice Age Discovered
Louis Agassiz and the Glacial Theory
The Triumph of the Glacial Theory
Exploring the Ice-Age World
Explaining The Ice Ages
The Ice-Age Problem
Birth of the Astronomical Theory
The Astronomical Theory of James Croll
Debate Over Croll's Theory
Through Distant Worlds and Times
The Milankovitch Controversy
The Deep and the Past
Pleistocene Temperatures
Milankovitch Revival
Signal from the Earth
Pulsebeat of Climate
Pacemaker of the Ice Ages
Ice Ages of the Future
The Coming Ice Age Epilogue: The Last Billion Years of Climate
Appendix: Chronology of Discovery Suggested Reading
Bibliography
Index

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