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Weather's Greatest Mysteries Solved!by Randy Cerveny
Synopses & Reviews
Why did T-Rex become extinct? Why did the Mayan civilization disappear? If the ancient Israelis did indeed cross the Red Sea, as reported in the Bible, what weather phenomena might have produced the parting of the waters? Why was nearly all human life swept away 73,000 years ago? And what factors created the Great American Dustbowl of the 1930s?
The extraordinary people who are interested in asking—and answering—such questions are known as climatologists. In a lively narrative full of intriguing facts, award-winning, internationally known climatologist Randy Cerveny takes the reader on a fascinating tour of some of the worlds most perplexing and provocative climate mysteries, past and present. Cerveny explains the science of climate study—from digging ice cores in Antarctica to counting tree rings in Arizona—and the various specialists whose ingenious techniques help to sort out climates intricate components. He also delves into the human impact of weather through fictional introductions to each chapter that depict how climate change might have affected a typical inhabitant of the ancient Sahara or Indus Valley, a peasant during Europe's "Little Ice Age," or an aviation expert probing a deadly jet crash in New York City. Finally, he discusses research that attempts to forecast the weather of the next 10,000 years—essential information for planning the nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
For readers of An Inconvenient Truth, devotees of the Weather Channel, history buffs, popular science fans, or anyone who wonders what makes our weather tick—and how it will impact our future, this engaging book offers much to ponder and to enjoy.
Book News Annotation:
Why did the Mayan civilization disappear? Is there a scientific explanation for the parting of the Red Sea described in the Bible? What factors created the American dust bowl of the 1930s? In this book for fans of the Weather Channel and popular science, climatologist Cerveny, a professor of geographical sciences at Arizona State University who has appeared on national television and radio shows, reveals the science behind 20 of the world's most provocative mysteries of the past, present, and even the future. From digging ice cores in Antarctica to counting tree rings in Arizona, readers will learn about the science of climate study and delve into the human impact of weather. The fictional accounts of inhabitants of various regions and eras that open and close each chapter, along with color and b&w photos, add interest. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In a lively narrative full of intriguing facts, an award-winning and internationally known climatologist takes the reader on a fascinating tour of some of the world's most perplexing and provocative climate mysteries, past and present.
About the Author
Randy Cerveny, PhD (Tempe, AZ), is Presidents Professor in Geographical Sciences specializing in weather and climate at Arizona State University. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Freaks of the Storm and has appeared on the Today show, ,em>CBS Morning Show, CNN, Good Morning America, ABC News, NPR, the BBC, and the Weather Channel. His work has been featured in People magazine, USA Today, National Geographic, the New York Times, Science, and Nature, among other publications.
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