Arranged in two parts, the first part provides the tools required for evaluating past ice sheets while the second part uses these tools to establish the size, extent and dynamics of late Quaternary ice sheets. Assuming no prior knowledge of Quaternary Science, the discussion progresses from the basic principles of how and why ices ages occur, to the interpretation of proxy records of past climate and ocean change.
Instructive accounts of how the geological record can be used as evidence of former ice sheet behaviour and a discussion on the role of numerical models in understanding interaction between ice sheets, oceans and the atmosphere are included in this book. Details of former ice sheets are presented by geographical region along with a number of critical new theories on their size and behaviour.
This book would appeal to 2nd/3rd year students of Quaternary Science, most University Geography, Earth Science or Geology departments, as well as researchers and academics in Quaternary Science.
Causes of Ice Ages.
Indicators of Ice Volume and Climate Change.
The Flow of Ice and Ice Sheet Modelling.
Late Quaternary Geology I –
Terrestrial: Glacial Morphology and Sedimentology.
Late Quaternary Geology II –
Raised Shorelines and Continental Shelf.
Late Quaternary Geology III –
Continental Shelf–Break Sediments and Deep Sea Environments and Iceberg Debris.
Late Quaternary Palaeoclimate.
Late Quaternary Palaeoceanography.
Ice Sheet Reconstructions I –
The Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Ice Sheet Reconstructions II –
The Greenland Ice Sheet.
Ice Sheet Reconstructions III –
The British Isles Ice Sheet, Scandinavian Ice Sheet, Eurasian High Arctic Ice Sheets (Barents Ice Sheet).
Ice Sheet Reconstructions IV –
North America, Laurentide Ice Sheet, Cordilleran Ice Sheet, Innuitian Ice Sheet.
Ice Sheet Reconstructions V –
Remaining LGM Ice Cover, Iceland, South America: Patagonia and the Andes, South Island (New Zealand) and Tasmania, Mainland Europe, Tibet.
"...I view this book as valuable addition to the range of texts dealing with ice sheets and their interactions with global climate. a well–structured and readable text..." (Geological Journal, April/June 2003)
"I recommend this book to anyone interested in Late Quaternary ice sheets..." (Polar Record, April 2002)