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The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future


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Provides an account of the 1990s research in Greenland that revealed a history of global climatic change, and suggests that "switches" and "dials" that control Earth's climate may cause severe weather changes in the future.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Part I Setting The Stage

Chapter 1 Fast Forward 3

Chapter 2 Pointers to the Past 11

Part II Reading The Record

Chapter 3 Going to Greenland 17

Chapter 4 The Icy Archives--Ice Sheets and Glaciers 31

Chapter 5 Ice Age through the Ice Age 41

Chapter 6 How Cold of Old? 59

Chapter 7 Dust in the Wind 71

Chapter 8 Tiny Bubbles in the Ice 77

Part III Crazy Climates

Chapter 9 The Saurian Sauna 83

Chapter 10 The Solar System Swing 91

Chapter 11 Dancing to the Orbital Band 99

Chapter 12 What the Worms Turned 109

Part IV Why The Weirdness?

Chapter 13 How Climate Works 131

Chapter 14 A Chaotic Conveyor? 147

Chapter 15 Shoving the System 159

Part V Coming Craziness?

Chapter 16 Fuelish 169

Chapter 17 Down the Road 181

Chapter 18 An Ice-Core View of the Future 185


1. A Cast of Characters 193

2. Usage of Units 199

Sources and Related Information 201

Acknowledgments 223

Index 225

Product Details

Princeton University Press
Science : Earth Sciences - General
Alley, Richard B.
Publication Date:
July 2002

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Geology » Earth Sciences
Science and Mathematics » Geology » Paleontology
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Meteorology

The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future
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