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The attacking ocean : the past, present, and future of rising sea levels

Autore: Brian M Fagan
Editore: New York : Bloomsbury Press, ©2013.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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Over the past fifteen thousand years the Earth has witnessed dramatic changes in sea level. The last Ice Age, when coastlines were more than 700 feet below modern levels, saw rapid global warming, and over the following ten millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These changes had little impact on the humans of the day, because the Earth's population was then so small, and those few people were more mobile
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Genere/forma: History
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Brian M Fagan
ISBN: 9781608196920 1608196925
Numero OCLC: 812252899
Descrizione: xxii, 265 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contenuti: Minus one hundred twenty-two meters and climbing --
Millennia of Dramatic Change. Doggerland ; Euxine and Ta-Mehu ; "Marduk laid a reed on the face of the waters" --
Catastrophic Forces. "Men were swept away by waves" ; "The whole shoreline filled" ; "The abyss of the depths was uncovered" ; "The whole is now one festering mess" ; The Golden Waterway ; "Wave in the harbor" --
Challenging Inundations. A right to subsistence ; The dilemma of islands ; "The crookedest river in the world" ; "Here the tide is ruled, by the wind, the moon and us."
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Over the past fifteen thousand years the Earth has witnessed dramatic changes in sea level. The last Ice Age, when coastlines were more than 700 feet below modern levels, saw rapid global warming, and over the following ten millennia, the oceans climbed in fits and starts. These changes had little impact on the humans of the day, because the Earth's population was then so small, and those few people were more mobile than today's static populations. Global sea levels stabilised about five thousand years ago. As urban civilisations developed in Egypt, Mesopotamia and South Asia the curve of inexorably rising seas flattened out. The planet's population boomed, and by the Industrial Revolution was five times its size two thousand years earlier. And as we crowded shorelines to live, fish and trade, we put ourselves at ever greater risk from the oceans. Changes in sea level are historically cumulative and gradual, but since 1860, the world has warmed significantly and the ocean's climb has accelerated again. From the Great Flood to Hurricane Sandy, this book explores the changing complexity of the relationship between humans and the sea at their doorsteps, and shows how vulnerable our modern society is.

A history of climate change describes the dramatic evolution and stabilization of the oceans before the rise of humans approximately 6,000 years ago, tracing a significant rise in global temperatures since 1860 and how a rising sea level is affecting world populations.

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