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Quaternary Environments

Quaternary Environments - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0340691519

Cover of Quaternary Environments 2ND 98 (ISBN 978-0340691519)
ISBN13: 978-0340691519
ISBN10: 0340691514
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 98
Publisher: Edward Arnold Ltd.
Published: 1998
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Quaternary Environments - 2ND 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0340691519

M.A.J. Williams and David Dunkerley

ISBN13: 978-0340691519
ISBN10: 0340691514
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 98
Publisher: Edward Arnold Ltd.

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

The second edition of this authoritative introduction to the global environmental fluctuations of the Quaternary period has been thoroughly revised and updated, and now includes two new chapters: one on Quaternary soils and sediments, and one on the Milankovitch theory and its implications for Quaternary climatic oscillations. The book draws on examples from every continent, including Antarctica, and features a superb range of maps and illustrations. The time span covered includes relevant events during the Tertiary which set the stage for the Quarternary glaciations and associated changes in climate, vegetation, and prehistoric human development. Focusing on the interactions between geological, biological and hydrological processes, the book explores the effects of accelerating human impact on the environment and considers how far evidence from the Quartenary may be useful in predicting future environmental change.

  • Thoroughly revised and up-dated, includes two new chapters
  • Global focus - examples from every continent, including Antartica
  • Focuses on interactions between geological, biological and hydrological processes
  • Explores the effects of accelerating human impact on the environment and considers how far evidence from the Quaternary may be useful in predicting future environmental change




Author Bio

Williams, Martin : University of Adelaide

Dunkerley, David : Monash University

DeDecker, Patrick : Australian National University

Kershaw, Pater : Monash University

Chappell, John : Australian National University

Table of Contents

Quaternary environments: an introduction
Prelude to the quaternary
Quaternary glaciations: extent and chronology
Quaternary glaciations: causes and feedback mechanisms
The Milankovitch hypotheseis and quaternary environments
Quaternary sea level changes
Evidence from the oceans
Rivers, lakes and groundwater
Evidence from the deserts
Evidence from terrestrial flora and fauna
Human origins, innovations and migrations
Atmospheric circulation during the quaternary
Environmental changes: past, present, future


Appendix: quaternary dating methods
Bibliography

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