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Paleoclimatology is a review of the history of the climate of the Earth from the time of its formation four-and-a-half billion years ago to the present. The field, according to John Imbrie, a leading paleontologist at Brown University, is "ripe for synthesis," with broad implications in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, oceanography, and the atmospheric sciences. In this work, the author addresses several topics rarely discussed in paleoclimate summaries, including the modeling of Paleozoic climates and the environmental consequences of asteroid impacts. Observational results are generally separated from modeling studies in the discussion of individual time periods. In fact, the entire issue of modeling past climate fluctuations is specifically examined, with an emphasis on those areas where models and data disagree. In addition to offering the principal results from paleoclimate studies, the book identifies areas for future research and offers a frame of reference for interpreting the likely consequences of greenhouse warming. The work will serve as an upper division or graduate-level text, and will also be useful to working scientists in a number of other fields.
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  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 180.1 x 255 x 20.8mm | 821.12g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • numerous line figures, tables
  • 0195105338
  • 9780195105339

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"Admirably fills a major gap in paleoclimate reference and teaching material...The strong points of the text are a balance between observations and modeling, and a strong emphasis on the important problems being investigated in earth history. Paleoclimatology clearly transmits the importance of the subject area and the tremendous advances in the field. The book is well-written and well-illustrated." Economic Geology
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Table of contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO CLIMATE MODELS; 1. Elementary Models of the Climate System; 2. General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Oceans; PART II: QUATERNARY CLIMATES; 3. Reconstructing Climate of the Last 20,000 Years; 4. Modeling the Climate of the Last 20,000 Years; 5. Historical Climate Fluctuations; 6. Temporal Trends in Pleistocene Climates; 7. Time Series Analysis of Paleoclimate Records; PART III: PRE-QUATERNARY CLIMATES; 8. Mid-Cretaceous; 9. Environmental Consequences of an Asteroid Impact; 10. The Last 100 Million Years; 11. Paleozoic and Mesozoic Climates; 12. Precambrian; PART IV: SUMMARY AND SYNTHESIS; 13. Summary and Synthesis of Past Climates; 14. Paleoclimate Perspectives on a Greenhouse Warming
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