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The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

Jamie Woodward

January 2014

ISBN: 9780199580699

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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In this Very Short Introduction Jamie Woodward examines the environmental shifts that took place during the Great Ice Age of the Quaternary Period. Looking at evidence from the continents, the oceans, and the ice core records, he explores the evolution of ideas about our geological past, the great debates, and the human stories behind it all.

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In this Very Short Introduction Jamie Woodward examines the environmental shifts that took place during the Great Ice Age of the Quaternary Period. Looking at evidence from the continents, the oceans, and the ice core records, he explores the evolution of ideas about our geological past, the great debates, and the human stories behind it all.

  • Considers the development of Ice Age theory through history
  • Looks at how we came to understand the changing climates and environments of the Ice Age
  • Explores how data from ocean and ice-core records is being used to interpret the patterns and cycles of climate change
  • Written in an easy and fluid narrative style, including stories and biographical sketches of the key people and the human stories of those involved
  • Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jamie Woodward, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Manchester

Jamie Woodward is Professor of Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. He has published widely on Quaternary environmental change and human activity in ice age environments and has extensive field experience in the Mediterranean region and in the Nile Valley. He is the Co-Editor of Geoarchaeology: An International Journal and is the Quaternary Science and Geomorphology Editor for the Journal of the Geological Society of London He has recently co-authored four chapters and edited The Physical Geography of the Mediterranean for OUP (2009).

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The Quaternary Ice Age
    2:Erratic Boulders and the Diluvium
    3:Monster Glaciers
    4:Die Eiszeit
    5:1840
    6:Ice sheets or icebergs
    7:Glacials, interglacials, and celestial cycles
    8:Deep ocean sediments and dating the past
    9:Ice cores, abrupt climate shifts, and ecosystem change
    Epilogue
    Further reading

Reviews

"Woodward's book tells a remarkable story in a succinct yet comprehensive way... The historical development of ideas relating to Ice Ages has always fascinated me and will no doubt enthral the general readership for which it is intended." - John A Matthews, The Holocene

"I very much enjoy delving into the A Very Short Introduction series for a short, but not too short, summary of a subject. The Ice Age is another in this extensive series published by Oxford University Press. There are more than 350 volumes in the series and they aim to provide a 'stimulating and accessible' way into a new subject." - Weather

"For me, this is just the right approach. Science is not just facts, but it is also people, blind alleys, prejudices... and egos. Taken together, this is a heady mixture which has been expertly stirred together." - Geological Journal

"This is a quite delightful book, in every way. It is well written. It is stacked with new research, something that is not easy for such a 'well-worn' topic, and not a word is wasted. It also includes a large number of cameos that enhance our understanding of Quaternary Science." - Proceedings of the Geologists's Association

"Well written, engaging, and accessible." - Geographical Journal

"The idea of the Ice Age is now entirely conventional, but it's an idea that took centuries to extract from the evidence around us. As Jamie Woodward's book shows, there was plenty of physics involved in developing the story." - IOPscience

"This is a truly comprehensive, highly accessible, and entertaining biography of Ice Age research." - Climatica