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European Glacial Landscapes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128234983

European Glacial Landscapes

1st Edition

The Role of Glaciers in Shaping the Landscape of Europe During the Last Glacial Cycle

Editors: David Palacios P.D. Hughes Jose Ruiz
Paperback ISBN: 9780128234983
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st November 2021
Page Count: 300
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Description

European Glacial Landscapes: The Role of Glaciers in Shaping the Landscape of Europe During the Last Glacial Cycle brings together relevant experts on the history of glaciers and their impact on the landscape of the main regions of Europe. The book examines the landscapes produced by glaciers throughout Europe, from the earliest recorded glaciations to the most impressive and most obvious legacy of the Last Glacial Cycle. In addition, the book examines the chronology and evolution of past glaciers, with an aim of helping readers understand the interrelationship between glacial expansion and climate changes on the continent.

As glacial expansion and retreat occurred numerous times over the last million years, with cold periods interrupted by short warm periods, interglacials, with massive shrinkage of the glaciers, this book reviews all the known data on this interesting topic.

Key Features

  • Provides a synthesis that highlights the main similarities or differences, through both space and time, during the maximum recorded expansions of Pleistocene glaciers in Europe
  • Features research from experts in glacial geomorphology, paleo-glaciology, paleo-climatology and paleo-oceanography on glacial expansion in Europe
  • Includes access to a website with an interactive map, photos of glacial features, and geospatial data about the landscapes related to glacial expansions in Europe

Readership

Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Physics and Earth Science departments. National Parks, Natural Museums, Landscape agencies, Local mountain museums, environmental agencies, as well as mountain associations, guides, which have a very strong support in many European Regions

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The distribution of glacial landscapes in Europe
3. Climate changes during the Last Glacial Cycle in the eastern North Atlantic region
4. European glacial landforms prior to the Last Glacial Maximum (Before 29 ka)
5. European glacial landforms from the Last Glacial Maximum (29-19 ka)
6. Synthesis of the European Landscapes from glacial maximum extension

Details

No. of pages:
300
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier 2021
Published:
1st November 2021
Imprint:
Elsevier
Paperback ISBN:
9780128234983

About the Editors

David Palacios

David Palacios is Full professor at the Complutense University of Madrid since 2011. He teaches subjects related to General Physical Geography, glacial and periglacial Geomorphology and Mountain Physical Geography. He has conducted several training and research stays in leading research centres from Sweden (University of Stockholm), Mexico (UNAM), Peru (IGP) and USA (Universities of California, Colorado, CVO and Washington), Chile (Universities of Magallanes) and Iceland (University of Akureri). He has been a principal investigator of 16 international projects related to climate change and natural hazards in high mountain environments since 1995 to the present. He is the coordinator of the UCM High Mountain Physical Geography Research Group since 2008. He has published more than 100 articles in top journals on geomorphological and paleoclimate topics, focusing mainly in the deglaciation in Iberian mountains and (sub) polar environments. He is the coordinator with more of 20 collaborators of a recent large paper about the Deglaciation of Americas (Earth Science Reviews).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

P.D. Hughes

Philip Hughes is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He obtained his first degree in geography at the University of Exeter graduating in 1999. This was followed by a Masters in Quaternary Science, then a PhD in Geography (2004), both at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College). His PhD was on the glacial history of the Pindus Mountains, Greece. This was then followed by a postdoctoral research project examining the glacial history of Montenegro at the University of Manchester (2004-2006). He has since worked on glaciation across the Mediterranean mountains in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Spain and with recent research activities focusing on the Atlas Mountains, Morocco. His research has utilised U-series dating and cosmogenic nuclides to date moraines in a variety of different lithologies, from limestones to basalts. In addition to studies of Mediterranean mountain glaciations he has also published on global glaciations and stratigraphy in Quaternary science. In addition to several edited scientific volumes on glaciation, in 2016 he published the textbook The Ice Age with co-authors Jürgen Ehlers and Philip Gibbard. In 2011 Philip also edited with these co-authors the highly successful Elsevier volume Quaternary Glaciation: Extent and Chronology – A Closer Look.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physical Geography, University of Manchester, UK

Jose Ruiz

Jose M. García Ruiz is Ad Honorem Research Professor at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC) since 2002. He has been the organizer and coordinator of the “Geomorphology and Global Change” research group at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, devoted to the study of the interactions between human activities, climate change, soil erosion, environmental hydrology and landscape evolution. The main focuses of interest have been related with the interactions between land use changes and the corresponding consequences on soil erosion, connectivity between hillslopes and fluvial channels and fluvial dynamics. In parallel, he has developed a high number of studies on glacial evolution in northern Iberian Peninsula, particularly in the Pyrenees, where he has established the evolution of the main glaciers during the last 250,000 years. The evolution of mountain landscapes since mid-Holocene has been also a main focus of research, in relation with deforestation caused by paleolithic shepherds and Middle Ages transhumant herds, including the recent reforestation caused by land abandonment and the decline of transhumance systems. He has published approximately 430 scientific papers, including 38 books and more than 100 papers in SCI journals, with some review papers on worldwide erosion rates, Mediterranean water resources, the consequences of farmland abandonment in Europe, the Younger Dryas and the Oldest Dyas in the Iberian Peninsula. Jose M. García Ruiz is Ad Honorem Research Professor at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC) since 2002. He has been the organizer and coordinator of the “Geomorphology and Global Change” research group at the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, devoted to the study of the interactions between human activities, climate change, soil erosion, environmental hydrology and landscape evolution. The main focuses of interest have been related with the interactions between land use changes and the corresponding consequences on soil erosion, connectivity between hillslopes and fluvial channels and fluvial dynamics. In parallel, he has developed a high number of studies on glacial evolution in northern Iberian Peninsula, particularly in the Pyrenees, where he has established the evolution of the main glaciers during the last 250,000 years. The evolution of mountain landscapes since mid-Holocene has been also a main focus of research, in relation with deforestation caused by paleolithic shepherds and Middle Ages transhumant herds, including the recent reforestation caused by land abandonment and the decline of transhumance systems. He has published approximately 430 scientific papers, including 38 books and more than 100 papers in SCI journals, with some review papers on worldwide erosion rates, Mediterranean water resources, the consequences of farmland abandonment in Europe, the Younger Dryas and the Oldest Dyas in the Iberian Peninsula.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ad Honorem Research Professor, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC)

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