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Glaciers - Peter Knight

Paperback Published: 19th February 1999
ISBN: 9780748740000
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book offers a comprehensive and detailed summary of our knowledge and understanding of glaciers and sets them within a global environment context. The text explains the significance both of recent advances in glaciology, and of teh many research problms that remain to be solved.
The accessible style adopted in the text facilitates a clear understanding of glaciers and the role they play in global issues such as environmental change, geoorphology and hydrology. The use of complex mathematics is avoided as the reader is introduced to important concepts and techniques in modern glaciology such as deforming beds, migrating ice-divides and stable isotope analysis.
This is an essential reference book for sutdents, professional geologists and researchers and would be ideal for those who want either a rapid up-date or an introduction to the subject. The books' discussion of recent discoveries and of reserch issues for the future, supported by a thorough reference list, enables readers to pursue their own areas of particular interest.

Introductionp. 1
Glaciers and the global systemp. 11
Formation and mass balance of glaciersp. 21
Material, chemical and thermal properties of glaciersp. 39
Structure and morphology of glaciersp. 59
Glacier hydrologyp. 93
Movement of glaciersp. 123
Glacier fluctuationsp. 151
Glacial sediment transfer and geomorphologyp. 165
Glacier hazards and resourcesp. 191
Ice coresp. 203
Research directions in glaciologyp. 213
Referencesp. 227
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780748740000
ISBN-10: 0748740007
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 19th February 1999
Publisher: UCL PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1