Global climates since the last glacial maximum /

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Imprint:Minneapolis : University of Minneapolis Press, c1993.
Description:569 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Subject:Climatic changes.
Climatic changes.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Wright, H. E. (Herbert Edgar), 1917-
ISBN:0816621454 (acid-free paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The last glacial maximum (LGM) denotes that time around 18,000 years ago (18 Ka) when the great glaciers of the Pleistocene advanced (most recently) to their furthest extent, before retreating. This was by no means the final glacial advance, nor is today's climate the peak of nonglacial conditions: the latter occurred locally about 9 Ka, and climate is cooling worldwide; if human-generated carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases do not prevent it, there will be another glacial maximum within the next hundred thousand years. This coming glaciation is one reason why the LGM has been the subject of much study in the past decades: if we understand past changes, we may be able to control future ones or understand how human modification of the environment affects the global equilibrium. This book represents the final report of a collaborative research group whose goal was to model aspects of mainly terrestrial climate since the LGM, especially at 18, 12, 6, and 3 Ka, through mathematical treatment of data from meteorology, botany, geology, oceanography, and related fields. After chapters discussing climate modeling and paleoceanography, 12 chapters synthesize results for most of the world, ranging from regions as small as New Zealand to as large as Africa. A final chapter synthesizes regional results to hemispheric ones, while an epilogue indicates how new data will require reanalysis and continued study. A technical tour de force. Graduate through professional. E. Delson; Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY

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