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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (23 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199592268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199592265
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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McGuire traces this fascinating and disturbing story from the past in order to alert us to present and future perils (Geographical Magazine)

The author succeeds at interpreting complex earth science into compelling reading for a popular audience. Anyone with an interest in climate change, geology, and atmospheric science will enjoy this work. (Jeffrey Beall, Library Journal)

Professor Bill McGuires new book is a well-timed and beautifully written work on the links between the Earths climate and its geological processes. (The Climate Hub)

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Bill McGuire is an academic, science writer and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL. Bill was a member of the UK Government Natural Hazard Working Group established in January 2005, in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and in 2010 a member of the Science Advisory Group in Emergencies (SAGE) addressing the Icelandic volcanic ash problem. His current research focus is the climate forcing of geological hazards. His books include

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Davies on 11 May 2013
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Bill McGuire gives us a new slant on the vexed issue of climate change and its unforeseen effects on the ground beneath our feet. I never suspected that it could also have such a devastating effect on volcanic activity and earthquakes, and the author puts it in such a lucid and flowing way that you are soon convinced. There are still too many people wallowing in the false comfort that climate change is not happening, that there's no evidence for it. Well, Bill McGuire would soon put them right on that score, and with a little added spice to go with it in his explanation of this little known fact that the phenomenon can also be responsible for the Earth shaking itself to remind us of who's really in charge. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about our planet and how it works. Stand by to be enlightened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lisa on 17 Sept. 2012
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Bill McGuire's new book is a tour de force-it's importance in the study of climate change is seen in its treatment of the Earth as an interactive system.Melting ice sheets,rising sea levels,warming seas-these all profoundly influence not only the jet stream,our weather and atmosphere but the Earth itself and all that therein is,including the turbulent world of subterranean magma flows and volcanic eruptions.The surprising thing perhaps is the scientific evidence showing how sensitive the Earth's systems appear to be to relatively small rises in sea level or changes in temperature.This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians and decision makers as a wake up call for action and forward planning if we are to seek to preserve life as we know it.
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Intelligent, accessible and very interesting. This is not the first book I've bought written by Bill McGuire because I like the way he writes and as always he makes a complicated subject really come alive with his writing. Great stuff.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jade on 17 April 2012
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A really good example of the popular science category. An enjoyable style of writing which keeps the reader interested and keen to find out more. There is much in the way of evidence for the subject being described, but none of it is either difficult to understand or will put off even the less interested reader. At this present time of 'global warming' the author does justice to the title and to explaining his ideas. A small niggle is in regard to the illustrations which, I feel, could be of better quality.
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By Emily on 7 Jan. 2015
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Arrived quickly, I can't wait to start reading !!!!
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