- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; New Ed edition (1 July 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674440757
- ISBN-13: 978-0674440753
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 14.7 x 1.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery Paperback – 1 Jul 1986
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Such a full and interesting treatment of this subject was long overdue.
An absorbing account of one of the great quests of geologic science.
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John Imbrie was one of the leading scientists in that quest (co-author Katherine is his daughter.) The story is told historically, starting with Milankovitch, a Serbian engineer, who did laborious hand calculations showing how much the sunlight in the glacial regions changed, and also when. The evidence that clinched the case was obtained from cores of sediment extracted from the seabed. Chapters 10-16 are the heart of the book where they explain the obstacles the scientists faced, how they overcame them, and the tricks they used to put all the pieces together. It really is a first rate scientic detective story.
The book's main limitation is that it stops about 1977. That's a pity, because Milankovitch's sunlight changes are only half the story. The other part is the role that CO2 and other greenhouse gases played in amplifying the changes due to sunlight. So the study of ice ages and greenhouse gases has all sorts of implications for global warming. Geologists say that the present is the key to the past, well the past may be the key to our present and future.
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served that purpose well; I found it informative and easy to read.
I love books that irrefutably settle puzzling questions on how the world came to be. Thanks to this accounting I can now scratch Ice-Ages from my list of unsolved questions. Certainly a fascinating read!
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