Global environments through the Quaternary : exploring environmental change /

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Author / Creator:Anderson, David (David E.)
Edition:[New ed.]
Imprint:Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2007.
Description:xiii, 359 p., [16] p. of col. plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.
Format: Print Book
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Other uniform titles:Goudie, Andrew.
Goudie, Andrew. Environmental change.
Parker, Adrian, 1969-
ISBN:9780198742265 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0198742266 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Previous ed. published as: Environmental change by Andrew Goudie, 1992.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-345) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Given the serious concerns regarding global climate change, this timely book covers essential topics for readers interested in this important phenomenon. In nine chapters, Anderson (Eton College, UK) and colleagues progress from a basic explanation of historical climates, through measurement methods, and finally to changing environments up to the present. Initial chapters provide a framework for understanding environmental change and cover sources of evidence for reconstructing past environments. This leads into Pleistocene climate change in mid to high latitudes and lower latitudes to postglacial times. The work then jumps to environmental changes during the time when meteorological records have been kept and sea-level changes during the Quaternary. Later chapters focus on the links between environmental change and human evolution and society, and conclude with a discussion of the causes of climate change. This progression is essential for a clear understanding of how the natural climate and environment has evolved throughout geological history, and for understanding potential future climate changes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals; technical program students. M. S. Field U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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