Reconstructing Earth's Climate History Inquiry-Based Exercises for Lab and Class

ISBN-10: 1118232941
ISBN-13: 9781118232941
Edition: 2nd 2011
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List price: $138.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

The context for understanding global climate change today lies in the records of Earth’s past. This is demonstrated by decades of paleoclimate research by scientists in organizations such as the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the Antarctic Geological Drilling Program (ANDRILL), and many others. The purpose of this book is to put key data and published case studies of past climate change at your fingertips, so that you can experience the nature of paleoclimate reconstruction. Using foundational geologic concepts you will explore a wide variety of topics in this book, including:  marine sediments, age determination, stable isotope paleoclimate proxies, Cenozoic climate change, climate cycles, polar climates, and abrupt warming and cooling events. You will evaluate published scientific data, practice developing and testing hypotheses, and infer the broader implications of scientific results. It is our philosophy that addressing how we know is as important as addressing what we know about past climate change. Making climate change science accessible is the goal of this book.Readership:   earth science students at a variety of levels studying paleoclimatology, oceanography, Quaternary science, or earth-system science.

The Authors
Acknowledgments
Book Introduction for Students and Instructors
Introduction to Paleoclimate Records
Archives and Proxies
Owens Lake - An Introductory Case Study of Paleoclimate Reconstruction
Coring Glacial Ice and Seafloor Sediments
Seafloor Sediments
Sediment Predictions
Core Observations and Descriptions
Sediment Composition
Geographic Distribution and Interpretation
Microfossils and Biostratigraphy
What are Microfossils? Why are they Important in Climate Change Science?
Microfossils in Deep-sea Sediments
Application of Microfossil First and Last Occurrences
Using Microfossil Datums to Calculate Rates
How Reliable are Microfossil Datums?
Paleomagnetism and Magnetostratigraphy
Earth's Magnetic Field Today and the Paleomagnetic Record of Deep-Sea Sediments
Paleomagnetism in Ocean Crust
Using Paleomagnetism to Test the Seafloor Spreading Hypothesis
The Geomagnetic Polarity Time Scale
CO<sub>2</sub> as a Climate Regulator during the Phanerozoic and Today
The Short Term Global Carbon Cycle
CO<sub>2</sub> and Temperature
Recent Changes in CO<sub>2</sub>
The Long-term Global Carbon Cycle, CO<sub>2,</sub> and Phanerozoic Climate History
The Benthic Foraminiferal Oxygen Isotope Record of Cenozoic Climate Change
Introduction
Stable Isotope Geochemistry
A Biogeochemical Proxy
Patterns, Trends and Implications for Cenozoic Climate
Scientific Drilling in the Arctic Ocean: A Lesson on the Nature of Science
Climate Models and Regional Climate Change
Arctic Drilling Challenges and Solutions
The Need for Scientific Drilling
Results of the Arctic Drilling Expedition
Climate Cycles
Patterns and Periodicities
Orbital Metronome
A Break in the Pattern
The Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) Event
The Cenozoic �948;<sup>13</sup>C Record and an Important Discovery
Global Consequences of the PETM
Bad Gas: Is Methane to Blame?
How fast? How long?
Global Warming Today and Lessons from the PETM
Glaciation of Antarctica: The Oi1 Event
Initial Evidence
Evidence for Global Change
Mountain Building, Weathering, CO<sub>2</sub> and Climate
Legacy of the Oi1 Event: The Development of the Psychrosphere
Antarctica and Neogene Global Climate Change
What do we Think we Know about the History of Antarctic Climate?
What is Antarctica's Geographic & Geologic Context?
Selecting Drillsites to Best Answer our Questions
Interpreting Antarctic Sediment Cores: A Record of Dynamic Neogene Climate
What Sediment Facies are Common on the Antarctic Margin?
ANDRILL 1-B The BIG Picture
Pliocene Sedimentary Patterns in the ANDRILL 1-B Core
Pliocene Warmth: Are We Seeing Our Future?
The last 5 million years
Sea Level Past, Present, and Future
Northern Hemisphere Glaciation
Concepts & Predictions
What is the Evidence?
What Caused It?
Index

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