Reconstructing Quaternary Environments
This third edition of Reconstructing Quaternary Environments has been completely revised and updated to provide a new account of the history and scale of environmental changes during the Quaternary. The evidence is extremely diverse ranging from landforms and sediments to fossil assemblages and geochemical data, and includes new data from terrestrial, marine and ice-core records. Dating methods are described and evaluated, while the principles and practices of Quaternary stratigraphy are also discussed. The volume concludes with a new chapter which considers some of the key questions about the nature, causes and consequences of global climatic and environmental change over a range of temporal scales. This synthesis builds on the methods and approaches described earlier in the book to show how a number of exciting ideas that have emerged over the last two decades are providing new insights into the operation of the global earth-ocean-atmosphere system, and are now central to many areas of contemporary Quaternary research.
This comprehensive and dynamic textbook is richly illustrated throughout with full-colour figures and photographs. The book will be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Geography, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Archaeology and Anthropology
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... Australia, Asia and North America Dominant linear dune trends and presentday dust circulation in Australia Linear trends of crests of sand dunes in Egypt's Western Desert Remotely sensed images of the desert area of NW Sudan: a) ...
... UK Number of obligate beetle species recorded in Holocene sediment sequences from southern and central England Presentday European distributions of four coleopteran species found in Lateglacial deposits at the site of Glanllynnau, ...
... take a broader view and examine a series of themes related to patterns and causes of climate change at a range of spatial scales, and over a series of time intervals that become progressively shorter as we approach the present day.
The Quaternary is the most recent major subdivision of the geological record, and it extends up to, and includes, the present day. Together with the Neogene and Palaeogene it forms the Cenozoic, the fourth of the great geological eras ...
... that one of the most significant transitions in the Cenozoic history of the earth occurred, notably the initiation of a pattern of glacialinterglacial cycles that have dominated global climate to the present day (Pillans, 2004).