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    DescriptionThis book tells the exciting story of the ice ages--what they were like, why they occurred, and when the next one is due. The solution to the ice age mystery originated when the National Science Foundation organized the CLIMAP project to study changes in the earth's climate over the past 700,000 years. One of the goals was to produce a map of the earth during the last ice age. Scientists examined cores of sediment from the Indian Ocean bed and deciphered a continuous history for the past 500,000 years. Their work ultimately confirmed the theory that the earth's irregular orbital motions account for the bizarre climatic changes which bring on ice ages. This is a tale of scientific discovery and the colorful people who participated: Louis Agassiz, the young Swiss naturalist whose geological studies first convinced scientists that the earth has recently passed through an ice age; the Reverend William Buckland, an eccentric but respected Oxford professor who fought so hard against the ice-age theory before accepting it; James Croll, a Scots mechanic who educated himself as a scientist and first formulated the astronomic theory of ice ages; Milutin Milankovitch, the Serbian mathematician who gave the astronomic theory its firm quantitative foundation; and the many other astronomers, geochemists, geologists, paleontologists, and geophysicists who have been engaged for nearly a century and a half in the pressing search for a solution to the ice-age mystery.

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    Ice Ages
    Solving the Mystery
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Imbrie, By (author) Katherine Palmer Imbrie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 290 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674440753
    ISBN 10: 0674440757

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16200
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    DC21: 551.792
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI031000
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    B&T Approval Code: A58600000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 551.792
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 551.7/92
    LC classification: QE697 .I45 1986, QE697.I45
    Thema V1.0: PDX
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    11 halftones, 31 line illustrations, 3 maps
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    30 July 1986
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    Such a full and interesting treatment of this subject was long overdue. New York Times An absorbing account of one of the great quests of geologic science. Science
    Table of contents
    Preface List of Illustrations Prologue: The Forgotten Ice Age Part I: Ice Age Discovered 1. Louis Agassiz and the Glacial Theory 2. The Triumph of the Glacial Theory 3. Exploring the Ice-Age World Part II: Explaining The Ice Ages 4. The Ice-Age Problem 5. Birth of the Astronomical Theory 6. The Astronomical Theory of James Croll 7. Debate Over Croll's Theory 8. Through Distant Worlds and Times 9. The Milankovitch Controversy 10. The Deep and the Past 11. Pleistocene Temperatures 12. Milankovitch Revival 13. Signal from the Earth 14. Pulsebeat of Climate 15. Pacemaker of the Ice Ages Part III: Ice Ages of the Future 16. The Coming Ice Age Epilogue: The Last Billion Years of Climate Appendix: Chronology of Discovery Suggested Reading Bibliography Index