Paleoclimate

ISBN-10: 0691145555

ISBN-13: 9780691145556

Edition: 2013

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Description: Earth's climate has undergone dramatic changes over the geologic timescale. At one extreme, Earth has been glaciated to the equator for periods that may have lasted millions of years. At another, temperatures were once so warm that the Canadian Arctic was heavily forested and large dinosaurs lived on Antarctica. Paleoclimatology is the study of such changes and their causes. Studying Earth's long-term climate history gives scientists vital clues about anthropogenic global warming and how climate is affected by human endeavor.In this book, Michael Bender, an internationally recognized authority on paleoclimate, provides a concise, comprehensive, and sophisticated introduction to the subject. After briefly describing the major periods in Earth history to provide geologic context, he discusses controls on climate and how the record of past climate is determined. The heart of the book then proceeds chronologically, introducing the history of climate changes over millions of years--its patterns and major transitions, and why average global temperature has varied so much. The book ends with a discussion of the Holocene (the past 10,000 years) and by putting manmade climate change in the context of paleoclimate.The most up-to-date overview on the subject,Paleoclimateprovides an ideal introduction to undergraduates, nonspecialist scientists, and general readers with a scientific background.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Michael L. Bender is professor of geosciences and atmospheric/ocean sciences at Princeton University, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has taught paleoclimate at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and published widely on the topic in "Science", "Nature", and other journals.

List of Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgments
Earth's Climate System
The Faint Young Sun
Precambrian Glaciations
Regulation of the Earth System and Global Temperature
The Late Paleozoic Ice Ages
Equable Climates of the Mesozoic and Paleogene
The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum
The Long Cooling of the Cenozoic
The Origin of Northern Hemisphere Glaciation and the Pleistocene Ice Ages
Rapid Climate Change during the Last Glacial Period
The Holocene
Anthropogenic Global Warming in the Context of Paleoclimate
Glossary
Index
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