The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) Jamie Woodward

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 172mm x 14mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 16 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199580693
  • ISBN 13: 9780199580699
  • Illustrations note: Approx, 35 black and white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 153,729

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The study of the Quaternary ice age has revolutionized ideas about Earth system change and the pace of landscape and ecosystem dynamics. The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction looks at evidence from the continents, the oceans, and the ice core records, and the human stories behind it all. Jamie Woodward examines the remarkable environmental shifts that took place during the Great Ice Age of the Quaternary Period. He explores the evolution of ideas, evaluates the contributions of the leading players in the great debates, and presents some of the ingenious methods that have been used to retrieve information about the recent geological past. In an era of warming climate, the study of the ice age past is now more important than ever. This book examines the wonders of the Quaternary ice age - to show how ice age landscapes and ecosystems were repeatedly and rapidly transformed as plants, animals, and humans reorganized their worlds. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Author information

Jamie Woodward is Professor of Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. He has published widely on Quaternary environmental change and human activity in ice age environments and has extensive field experience in the Mediterranean region and in the Nile Valley. He is the Co-Editor of Geoarchaeology: An International Journal and is the Quaternary Science and Geomorphology Editor for the Journal of the Geological Society of London He has recently co-authored four chapters and edited The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean for OUP (2009).

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For me, this is just the right approach. Science is not just facts, but it is also people, blind alleys, prejudices... and egos. Taken together, this is a heady mixture which has been expertly stirred together. Geological Journal Well written, engaging, and accessible. Geographical Journal This is a truly comprehensive, highly accessible, and entertaining biography of Ice Age research. Climatica

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. The Quaternary Ice Age ; 2. Erratic Boulders and the Diluvium ; 3. Monster Glaciers ; 4. Die Eiszeit ; 5. 1840 ; 6. Ice sheets or icebergs ; 7. Glacials, interglacials, and celestial cycles ; 8. Deep ocean sediments and dating the past ; 9. Ice cores, abrupt climate shifts, and ecosystem change ; Epilogue ; Further reading