Description

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.

Key Features

  • Research in the Quaternary sciences has advanced greatly in the last 10 years, especially since topics like global climate change, geologic hazards and soil erosion were put high on the political agenda. This second edition builds upon its award-winning predecessor to provide the reader assured quality along with essential updated coverage
  • Contains 357 broad-ranging articles (4310 pages) written at a level that allows undergraduate students to understand the material, while providing active researchers with a ready reference resource for information in the field. Facilitates teaching and learning
  • The first edition was regarded by many as the most significant single overview of Quaternary science ever, yet Editor-in-Chief, Scott Elias, has managed to surpass that in this second edition by securing even more expert reviews whilst retaining his renowned editorial consistency that enables readers to navigates seamlessly from one unfamiliar topic to the next

Readership

Researchers, professionals and students studying Earth processes and history over the last 1-2 million years

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION | History of Dating Methods
INTRODUCTION | History of Quaternary Science
INTRODUCTION | Societal Relevance of Quaternary Research
INTRODUCTION | Understanding Quaternary Climatic Change
PALEOCLIMATE | Introduction
PALEOCLIMATE | Time Scales of Climate Change
PALEOCLIMATE MODELING | Data-Model Comparisons
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | Approaches
GLACIATION, CAUSES | Tectonic Uplift-Continental Configurations
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | Historical Climatology
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | Paleodroughts and Society
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | Paleotempestology
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | Pliocene Environments
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | Sub-Milankovitch (DO/Heinrich) Events
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | The Last Millennium
PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION | Younger Dryas Oscillation, Global Evidence
PALEOCLIMATE RELEVANCE TO GLOBAL WARMING
GLACIAL CLIMATES | Biosphere Feedbacks
GLACIAL CLIMATES | Effects of Atmospheric Dust
GLACIAL CLIMATES | Thermohaline Circulation
GLACIAL CLIMATES | Volcanic and Solar Forcing
GLACIATION, CAUSES | Astronomical Theory of Paleoclimates
PALEOCLIMATE MODELING | Last Glacial Maximum GCMs
PALEOCLIMATE MODELING | Paleo-ENSO
PALEOCLIMATE MODELING | Quaternary Environments
PALEOCLIMATE MODELING | The Last Interglacial
Modern-analog Approaches in Paleoclimatology
Global Younger Dryas
Paleoclimate History of the Arctic
ICE CORES | Dynamics of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet
ICE CORES | Dynamics of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
COSMOGENIC NUCLIDE DATING | Cosmic Ray Interactions in Minerals
COSMOGENIC NUCLIDE DATING | Exposure Geochronology
COSMOGENIC NUCLIDE DATING | Landscape Evolution
COSMOGENIC NUCLIDE DATING | Methods
COSMOGENIC NUCLIDE DATING | Overview
DATING TECHNIQUES
FISSION-TRACK DATING
K/Ar and 40Ar/39Ar dating
LUMINESCENCE DATING | Electron Spin Resonance Dating
LUMINESCENCE DATING | Optically-Stimulat

Details

No. of pages:
3888
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
Electronic ISBN:
9780444536426
Print ISBN:
9780444536433

Reviews

Preaise for the previous 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