Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science


  • Scott A. Elias

Associate Editor:

  • Cary J. Mock

The second revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science, provides both students and professionals with an up-to-date reference work on this important and highly varied area of research. There are lots of new articles, and many of the articles that appeared in the first edition have been updated to reflect advances in knowledge since 2006, when the original articles were written. The second edition will contain about 375 articles, written by leading experts around the world. This major reference work is richly illustrated with more than 3,000 illustrations, most of them in colour.
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Researchers, professionals and students studying Earth processes and history over the last 1-2 million years


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53643-3


Quote for 1st edition:

"This is a monumental work of paramount importance for modern earth science. ...Probably the most significant single overview of Quaternary science ever. ...The book bears an imprint of unhurried thoroughness in editing...makes reading chapter-by-chapter a pleasure. ...Colour...and resolution of figures...are superb. This book... will undoubtedly be appreciated by the research community and is here to stay as frontrunner for many years to come. Congratulations to...all who decide to put it on their shelves."--BOREAS - An International Journal of Quaternary Research

Table of Contents

Historical Overview
Quaternary Climate Change
Dating Quaternary Events
Trapped Electron Dating Methods
Paleomagnetic dating
Chemical Dating Methods
Biological Dating Methods
Sediment Dating Methods
Glacial Landforms
History of Quaternary Glaciations
Paleosols and Wind-Blown Sediments
Lake Level Studies
Quaternary Paleobotany (Palynology)
Plant Macrofossils
Quaternary Vertebrate Records
Insect fossils
Ice Core Records
Humans in the Quaternary
Proglacial Lakes and Megafloods
Use of Quaternary Proxies in Forensic Science
Tree-ring Studies