The Physics of Glaciers - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780080240053, 9781483293738

The Physics of Glaciers

2nd Edition

Authors: W. S. B. Paterson
eBook ISBN: 9781483293738
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 24th June 1981
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Explains the physical principles underlying the behaviour of glaciers and ice sheets. Concentrates on the major advances made in most aspects of the subject in the past 30 years with about half devoted to work done in the last 10 years i.e. since the first edition was published. The new edition is updated, expanded and in SI units


For graduate students starting research; also for established workers in glacier studies and related subjects such as geophysics, ice physics and geology

Table of Contents

Preface to first edition

Preface to second edition


The transformation of snow to ice

Structure and deformation of ice

The mass balance of a glacier

Glacier measurement techniques

Glacier flow I: ice deformation

Glacier Flow II: basal sliding

Hydrology of glaciers

Flow of ice sheets and ice shelves

Distribution of temperature in glaciers and ice sheets

Structures and fabrics in glaciers and ice sheets

The response of a glacier to changes in mass balance

Glacier surges

Heat budget and climatology of glaciers

Ice core studies


Subject index

Geographic index


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About the Author

W. S. B. Paterson

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus, University of Copenhagen, Australian Antarctic Division, and Canadian Polar Continental Shelf Project



Independent opinion of the Second Edition: @source: @qu:The second edition of W.S.B. Paterson's excellent textbook is now is a very valuable source of information for any scientist becoming involved in some field of glaciological research.

News Bulletin of the International Glaciological Society @source: @qu:The first edition of The Physics of Glaciers was published in 1969 and was widely acclaimed at that time. It became the standard textbook for students of glacier dynamics. Because of the considerable advances in understanding glacier flow that have been made in the past twelve years, we are indeed fortunate that Stan Paterson has taken the time to prepare a second edition.

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