The Great Ice Age: Climate Change and Life

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Science - 267 pages
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The Great Ice Age documents and explains the natural climatic and palaeoecologic changes that have occurred during the past 2.6 million years, outlining the emergence and global impact of our species during this period. Exploring a wide range of records of climate change, the authors demonstrate the interconnectivity of the components of the Earths climate system, show how the evidence for such change is obtained, and explain some of the problems in collecting and dating proxy climate data.
One of the most dramatic aspects of humanity's rise is that it coincided with the beginnings of major environmental changes and a mass extinction that has the pace, and maybe magnitude, of those in the far-off past that stemmed from climate, geological and occasionally extraterrestrial events. This book reveals that anthropogenic effects on the world are not merely modern matters but date back perhaps a million years or more.
  

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Contents

CYCLES OF CLlMATlC CHANGE EVlDENCE AND EXPLANATlONS l
3
UNDERSTANDlNG PRESENT AND PAST CLlMATES
30
UNDERSTANDlNG THE CRYOSPHERE
49
THE DEEP SEA RECORD
67
REVEALlNG THE MlLANKOVlCH PACEMAKER s 3
83
EVlDENCE FOR RAPlD CLlMATE CHANGE
113
1 EXPLANATlONS
139
ECOLOGlCAL CHANGE AND HUMAN ORlGlNS
162
THE RECORD OF HUMANlTY
187
CHANGlNG ENVlRONMENTS AND CHANGlNG HABlTS
214
HUMAN lMPACT DURlNG THE HOLOCENE
236
List of figute soutces
253
Index
260
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