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Glaciers

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ISBN-10: 0521828082

ISBN-13: 9780521828086

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Hambrey, J�rg Alean

List price: $87.00
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Glaciers are among the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth, as well as the least known and understood, for most of us. Michael Hambrey describes how glaciers grow and decay, move and influence human civilization. Currently covering a tenth of the Earth's surface, glacier ice has shaped the landscape over millions of years by scouring away rocks and transporting and depositing debris far from its source. Glacier meltwater drives turbines and irrigates deserts, and yields mineral-rich soils as well as a wealth of valuable sand and gravel. However, glaciers also threaten human property and life. Our future is indirectly connected with the fate of glaciers and their influence on global…    
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Book details

List price: $87.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/4/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 394
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

Earth, the icy planet
The glacier family
Birth, growth and decay of glaciers
Fluctuating glaciers
Ice on the move
Nature's conveyer belt
Ice and water
Antarctica: the icy continent
Glaciers and volcanoes
Shaping the landscape
Glaciers and wildlife
Benefits of glaciers
Glacier hazards
Living and travelling on glaciers
Earth's glacial record
Postscript: future prospects of glaciers
Glossary
Subject index
Location index