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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.

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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.

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Sovling the mystery.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Illustrations

Prologue: The Forgotten Ice Age

Part I: Ice Age Discovered

1. Louis Agassiz and the Glacial Theory

2. The Triumph of the Glacial Theory

3. Exploring the Ice-Age World

Part II: Explaining The Ice Ages

4. The Ice-Age Problem

5. Birth of the Astronomical Theory

6. The Astronomical Theory of James Croll

7. Debate Over Croll's Theory

8. Through Distant Worlds and Times

9. The Milankovitch Controversy

10. The Deep and the Past

11. Pleistocene Temperatures

12. Milankovitch Revival

13. Signal from the Earth

14. Pulsebeat of Climate

15. Pacemaker of the Ice Ages

Part III: Ice Ages of the Future

16. The Coming Ice Age

Epilogue: The Last Billion Years of Climate

Appendix: Chronology of Discovery

Suggested Reading

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674440753
Author:
Imbrie, John
Author:
Imbrie, Katherine P.
Author:
Imbrie, Katherine Palmer
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Geology
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Glacial epoch
Subject:
Glaciology.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - General
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
Geology-General
Subject:
Science-Earth Sciences - Geology
Subject:
Science -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
vol. II.
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 halftones, 31 line illustrations, 3 m
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Sovling the mystery.
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