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Climate Modes of the Phanerozoic

ISBN-10: 0521021944

ISBN-13: 9780521021944

Edition: 2005

Authors: Lawrence A. Frakes, Jane E. Francis, Jozef I. Syktus

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This book views the Earth's climate as a global system, by describing the evolution of climate throughout the past 600 million years, from the Cambrian to the Quaternary. Palaeoclimates are examined in terms of Cold and Warm modes--phases during which the Earth's climates were either relatively cool with ice forming in high latitudes or when high levels of CO2 led to "greenhouse" warmings and temperate floras and faunas inhabited polar regions. Evidence for climate changes, such as biological indicators, geochemical parameters, and the presence of ice, are compared between these modes. These studies have highlighted the crucial role of tectonics and continental distribution in governing ocean circulation, the distribution of sea ice, sea level changes and global temperature distribution. Orbital forcing and the carbon cycle are also shown as important influences, particularly on short term climatic variations.
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The early Cambrian to late Ordovician Warm Mode
The late Ordovician to early Silurian Cool Mode
The late Silurian to early Carboniferous Warm Mode
The early Carboniferous to late Permian Cool Mode
The late Permian to middle Jurassic Warm Mode
The middle Jurassic to early Cretaceous Cool Mode
The late Cretaceous to early Tertiary Warm Mode
The Cenozoic Cool Mode: early Eocene - late Miocene
The Cenozoic Cool Mode: late Miocene - Holocene
Causes and Chronology of Climate Change
Bibliography
Index