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After the Ice Age : the return of life to glaciated North America

Author: E C Pielou
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Considers the land, the fresh water, the surrounding sea, the ice, and the climate of northern North America during the past 20,000 years, and how life found its way into this strange landscape. Also considers how the fossil evidence is interpreted.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E C Pielou
ISBN: 0226668118 9780226668116 0226668126 9780226668123
OCLC Number: 21518147
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One: Preliminaries --
1. The Physical Setting --
The Changing Climate of the Last 20,000 Years --
The Dating Method --
The Ice Sheets --
Ice and Sea --
Ice and Fresh Water --
Ice and Atmosphere --
Ice-free Land: Refugia and Nunataks --
2. The Fossil Evidence --
Fossils --
Microfossils --
Pollen --
Sediment Cores and Pollen Diagrams --
Dating: The Radiocarbon Method --
Dating by Volcanic Ash Layers --
3. Interpreting the Evidence --
Some of the Problems --
Interpreting Pollen Diagrams --
Interpreting Geographical Range Maps: Animals --
Interpreting Geographical Range Maps: Plants --
4. The Migration of Vegetation --
Shifting Zones of Vegetation --
The Starting Conditions --
Conditions in the Newly Deglaciated Land --
The Invasion by Plants --
The Renewal of Vegetation --
Ecological Inertia --
Photoperiodism. Part Two: The Time of Maximum Ice --
5. Eighteen Thousand Years Ago: Life South of the Ice --
Large Mammals and Their Environments South of the Ice Sheets --
Human Life South of the Ice --
Plants South of the Ice Sheets --
6. The Coasts --
North America as an Extension of Asia --
The South Coast of Beringia --
The Western Edge of the Ice --
The East Coast Plains and Islands --
The East Coast Refugia --
7. Beringia and the Ice-free Corridor --
Beringia and Its Big Game --
Human Life in Beringia --
The Ice-free Corridor --
Refugia Near the Ice-free Corridor. Part Three: The Melting of the Ice --
8. The Ice Begins to Melt --
South of the Ice: Tundra --
South of the Ice: Forest Parkland and Muskeg --
Stagnant Ice --
Superglacial and Ice-walled Lakes and Their Ecology --
9. The Great Proglacial Lakes --
Glacial Lakes Missoula and Columbia --
Migration from Bergingia --
Glacial Lakes Agassiz and McConnell --
The Precursors of the Great Lakes and Glacial Lake Ojibway --
10. The Rising Sea --
The Sundering of Beringia --
The Atlantic Shore --
The Atlantic Coastlands --
The champlain Sea --
The Tyrell Sea. Part Four: The Pleistocene/Holocene Transition --
11. The End of an Epoch --
The End of the Pleistocene --
The Changing Forest --
The Prairie Grasslands --
Transition in the West: The Interior --
Transition in the West: The Coast --
Beringia at the Turn of the Epoch --
12. The Great Wave of Extinctions --
Extinction Waves: When, Where, and What --
The Prehistoric Overkill Hypothesis --
The Arguments against Overkill --
Changing Environment Theories --
Extinct Birds --
Part Five: Our Present Epoch, The Holocene --
13. The Great Warmth --
Some Northward Shifts of Northern Limits --
The Hypsithermal at Sea --
The Hypsithermal in the Mountains --
Refugia from the Drought --
Human Life in the Hypsithermal --
14. The Neoglaciation --
The Spread of Muskeg --
Increased Rain in the Prairies --
The Shifting Ranges of Forest Tree Species --
The Neoglacial and the Northern Treeline --
Refugia Reestablished --
Respites in the Neoglaciation --
The Little Ice Age --
Epilogue --
Appendix 1: Names of Species: English and Latin --
Appendix 2: Names of Species: Latin and English.
Responsibility: E.C. Pielou.
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Considers the land, the fresh water, the surrounding sea, the ice, and the climate of northern North America during the past 20,000 years, and how life found its way into this strange landscape. Also considers how the fossil evidence is interpreted.

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