Ice, Mud and Blood

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Macmillan, May 27, 2008 - Nature - 256 pages
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Imagine a world of wildly escalating temperatures, apocalyptic flooding, devastating storms and catastrophic sea levels. This might sound like a prediction for the future or the storyline of a new Hollywood blockbuster but it’s actually what occurred on earth in the past. In a day and age when worrying forecasts for future climate change are the norm, it seems hard to believe that such things happened regularly over time. Can humankind decipher the past and learn from it? As science gains new understanding of how the planet works, it’s becoming increasingly clear that no one place is disconnected from anywhere else. From the Alps to the Andes, seemingly unrelated parts of the world are connected in one way or another. By reading this book you’ll realize that we're facing challenges beyond anything our species has had to contend with before.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Greenhouse
12
Snowball
32
A bit of a chill
50
A previous warmth
69
Atlantic armadas
89
A belch and a blast
108
Meltdown
128
Rise and fall
150
Droughts vines and frost fairs
174
The rising tide
193
Further reading
198
Index
227
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About the author (2008)

Chris Turney is a British Geologist currently based at the University of Exeter, UK.  He did the radiocarbon dating on the 'Hobbit' fossil of Flores, Indonesia, that hit the headlines worldwide. He has published numerous scientific papers and magazine articles and done many media interviews thanks to his infectious enthusiasm for working out how old things are. He is also the author of Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of When Things Happened.

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