Ice Physics and the Natural Environment

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John S. Wettlaufer, J. G. Dash, Norbert Untersteiner
Springer, 1999 - Science - 355 pages
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This volume explores ice phenomena, ranging from microphysics to its largest size scales and manifestations. It begins with the fundamental molecular basis for the environmentally ubiquitous and yet still scientifically challenging melting and freezing transitions, builds the microscopic foundations for nucleation and growth, and develops the implications of these phenomena as they impact a hierarchy of environmental problems, such as the influence of snow and ice cover on the global climate, the role of stratospheric ice in ozone destruction, the economic effects of frost heave on roads and engineered structures, and the consequences of freezing in environmental damage. These phenomena are studied in different disciplines, including astronomy, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, oceanography, physics, and applied mathematics.

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Introduction
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Nucleation and Surface Melting of Ice _
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Crystal Growth Surface Phase Transitions and Thermomolecular Pressure
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