Ice ages: solving the mystery

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Enslow Publishers, 1979 - Science - 224 pages
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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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User Review  - Al - Goodreads

Really well researched material on a very important theory for the future of our climate. A thoroughly exciting read, this is almost fiction in the beautiful way with which it tells the story of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Gustafson - Goodreads

I think that this book is very good. It tells the story of how the scientific community zeroes in on an answer to a question, in this case, "why did ice ages occur when they did?" He begins with an ... Read full review

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Exploring the IceAge World
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