This book is the last of three volumes in which the recent knowledge of the extent and chronology of Quaternary glaciations has been compiled on a global scale. This information is seen as a fundamental requirement, not only for the glacial community, but for the wider user-community of general Quaternary workers. In particular the need for accurate ice-front positions is a basic requirement for the rapidly growing field of palaeoclimate modelling. In order to provide the information for the widest-possible range of users in the most accessible form, a series of digital maps was prepared.
The glacial limits were mapped in ArcView, the Geographical Information System (GIS) used by the work group. Included with the publication is a CD with digital maps, showing glacial limits, end moraines, ice-dammed lakes, glacier-induced drainage diversions and the locations of key sections through which the glacial limits are defined and dated. Where controversial interpretations are possible, such as for High Asia, they are indicated. All information on Quaternary glaciations worldwide is presented for the first time in a uniform format, including the mountain glaciations of regions such as Costa Rica, Ethiopia or Taiwan. The digital maps in this volume cover Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australasia, Antarctica. Both overview maps and more detailed maps at a scale 1: 1,000,000 are provided.
Also available: Part I: Europe, ISBN 0-444-51462-7 Part II: North America, ISBN 0-444-51592-5
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"This volume provides an excellent source of current knowledge and key references, particularly on the history of mountain glaciation across a large part of the globe. ...It will be essential for those with an interest in the history of glaciation in the mountain regions of the world, and will be a prime reference source for anyone starting research in these areas or looking for the empirical data on which to build broader regional comparisons or to test palaeoclimate models. It should also help to stimulate further debate and research on key areas where information is limited or controversial and there is a need for systematic study using multi-proxy and multi-disciplinary approaches. ...The editors are to be congratulated for bringing such a wealth of material together into a single key source." -Quaternary Science Reviews, 2006
Geologisches Landesamt, Hamburg, Germany
University of Cambridge, UK