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Glaciers

Author: M J Hambrey; Jürg Alean
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Glaciers are among the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth, as well as the least known and understood, for most of us. Michael Hambrey describes how glaciers grow and decay, move and influence human civilization. Currently covering a tenth of the Earth's surface, glacier ice has shaped the landscape over millions of years by scouring away rocks and transporting and depositing debris far from its source. Glacier  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M J Hambrey; Jürg Alean
ISBN: 0521828082 9780521828086
OCLC Number: 54371738
Description: xvi, 376 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Earth, the icy planet --
Glacier family --
Birth, growth and decay of glaciers --
Fluctuating glaciers --
Ice on the move --
Nature's conveyer belt --
Ice and water --
Antarctica: the icy continent --
Glaciers and volcanoes --
Shaping the landscape --
Glaciers and wildlife --
Benefits of glaciers --
Glacier hazards --
Living and travelling on glaciers --
Earth's glacial record --
Postscript: future prospects of glaciers.
Responsibility: Michael Hambrey, Jürg Alean.
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Glaciers are among the most beautiful natural wonders on Earth, as well as the least known and understood, for most of us. Michael Hambrey describes how glaciers grow and decay, move and influence human civilization. Currently covering a tenth of the Earth's surface, glacier ice has shaped the landscape over millions of years by scouring away rocks and transporting and depositing debris far from its source. Glacier meltwater drives turbines and irrigates deserts, and yields mineral-rich soils as well as a wealth of valuable sand and gravel. However, glaciers also threaten human property and life. Our future is indirectly connected with the fate of glaciers and their influence on global climate and sea level. Including over 200 stunning photographs, the book takes the reader from the High-Arctic through North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand and South America to the Antarctic.

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