Past Glacial Environments

Past Glacial Environments

Revised Student Edition

2nd Edition - November 28, 2017

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  • Editors: John Menzies, Jaap van der Meer
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005255
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081005248

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Past Glacial Environments, Second Edition, presents a revised and updated version of the very successful first edition of Menzies’ book, covering a breadth of topics with a focus on the recognition and analysis of former glacial environments, including the pre-Quaternary glaciations. The book is made up of chapters written by various geological experts from across the world, with the editor’s expertise and experience bringing the chapters together. This new and updated volume includes at least 45% new material, along with five new chapters that include a section on techniques and methods. Additionally, this new edition is presented in full color and features a large collection of photographs, line diagrams, and tables with examples of glacial environments and landscapes that are drawn from a worldwide perspective. Informative knowledge boxes and case studies are included, helping users better understand critical issues and ideas.

Key Features

  • Provides the most complete reference concerning the study of glacial processes and their geological, sedimentological, and geomorphological products
  • Comprised of chapters written by various geological experts from across the world
  • Includes specific case studies to alert readers to important ideas and issues
  • Uses text boxes throughout to explain key concepts from glacial literature
  • Presents full color photographs, line diagrams, and tables throughout


Glacial geomorphologists, geologists, geographers and earth scientists. Postgraduate students of glacial geomorphology, geology and geography

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    Part I The Pre-Quaternary
    2. Pre-Cambrian Glaciations and Chronology
    3. Ordovician & Permo-Carboniferous Glaciations and Chronology

    Part II The Quaternary
    4. Quaternary Glaciations and Chronology

    Part III Glacial processes
    5. Subglacial Processes
    6. Supraglacial Processes
    7. Proglacial Processes
    8. Glaciomarine Environments
    9. Glacioaeolian Environments
    10. Glaciolacustrine Environments
    11. Glaciovolcanism
    12. Glacial Stratigraphy and Lithofacies
    13. Micromorphology and microtomography
    14. Glaciohydrogeology
    15. Glaciotectonics
    16. GIS and the Glacial Environments
    17. Periglacial Processes in Glacial Environments
    18. Climate Change and Sea Level

    Part IV Techniques and Methods
    19. Palaeosols
    20. Ice Sheet and Glacier Modelling
    21. Geochronology
    22. Geotechnical aspects of glacial sediments
    23. Drift Prospecting in Glaciated terrains

    Part V
    24. Problems and Perspectives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 858
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 28, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005255
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081005248

About the Editors

John Menzies

John Menzies is Professor of Earth Sciences and Geography at Brock University, Canada. He obtained degrees from the University of Aberdeen (BSc) and the University of Edinburgh (PhD). His main areas of research and expertise lie in glacial geomorphology and sedimentology with a special interest in the subglacial environment and MSGLs. He has established a micromorphology lab at Brock University and, over the past decades, has developed major research interests in glacial micromorphology/microsedimentology. He is the author of numerous scientific journal papers and of several books including the recent Past Glacial Environments (2018, Elsevier, co-edited with Prof Em. Jaap van der Meer). Prof Menzies has also co-hosted MSc training courses for nine International Workshops for the Micromorphology of Glacial Sediments for PhD students and Postdocs and Faculty.

Affiliations and Expertise

Departments of Geography and Earth Sciences, Brock University, Canada

Jaap van der Meer

Professor Jaap JM van der Meer , MSc, PhD is Professor emeritus of Physical Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. He obtained a BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of Amsterdam where he was a Senior Lecturer until 2000, when he moved to London. He retired in 2011.Glacial processes and resulting landforms and sediments were the focus of his research. On the general level he studied sediment transfer and (temporal) storage in the glacial system: from the ice divide to the shelf edge. More specifically, there are two clear elements in his studies: the first one is the study of glacial sediments especially in thin sections and the second one is the study of dynamic structures, e.g. push moraines or drumlins. His research is embedded in an international network, encompassing collaboration with colleagues from Western European, North and South American countries and Australia and New Zealand and fieldwork ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic. He set up the Centre for Micromorphology University of London, internationally a unique research facility to study glacial sediments at all microscales.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK

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  • Richard H. Thu Dec 28 2017

    Review of "Past Glacial Environments 2nd Edition"

    This is a very handsome book - 835 pages, with 19 of them dedicated to an Index covering all 20 chapters. The paperback version I possess seems very well constructed, with excellent layout of diagrams, photos and equations. The chapters cover a very broad range of topics written by knowledgeable researchers. I can thoroughly recommend this book!