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
    Print ISBN:
    9780444536433
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780444536426

    Reviews

    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