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The Climate Revealed - William Burroughs

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Published: 28th October 1999
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El Nino, La Nina, global warming--terms that crop up frequently in current media coverage of anomalous weather conditions: a spring thaw in January in New York City...a snowstorm in Bakersfield, California...winterlike temperatures in Miami. Such phenomena as these and reports of devastating droughts, floods, and storms around the world bring home the fact of how deeply climate affects our daily lives--and of our inability to control the consequences of climatic events. Extraordinarily timely, The Climate Revealed explores the human-climate "relationship" in all its fascinating complexity. Packed with 250 beautiful, full-color photographs, the volume travels the globe to provide a detailed portrait of individual climate zones from the polar icecaps to the fiercest deserts. The expert and highly accessible text uncovers the essential elements--earth, air, fire and water--that make up the world's various climates. William Burroughs reveals the dramatic discoveries and techniques of historians and archaeologists in their search to understand climates of the past. In the book's conclusion he considers the future and presents every facet of the current environmental debate. With its detailed coverage of the past, present, and future, this marvelous work is essential reading for all those who want to understand one of the most critical facets of life, climate. William Burroughs is a well known and successful science author who has written four books on the weather including Does the Weather Really Matter? (1997), Weather Cycles: Real or Imaginary (1992), and Watching the World's Weather (1991), all published by Cambridge University Press.

"...visually rich...studded with stunning, magazine-quality photographs and offers a new topic with literally every turn of the page." American Scientist "Through a host of illustrative graphs, charts, maps, photographs, and lucid text, Burroughs explains how fundamental climatic processes work and how meteorologists attempt to predict them. Burroughs exuberantly details each climate zone highlighting unique features and the impact humans have had there." Science News "There is much here on climate and society, from Mediterranean diets to the impact of avalanches and from urbanization to desertification. The book is lavishly illustrated with high quality photos, graphs, explanatory illustrations, and even some brief biographies." Science Book and Films "I have never come across a book that explains more clearly and vividly the factors that affect our climate: the pictures and diagrams are well-chosen, and they are superbly integrated with the text." Clive Cookson, Financial Times "For sheer beauty, I cannot recall a comparable book on the climate system. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society "...if you are looking for a good survey reference on the Earth's climate, I recommend this book." Keith C. Heidorn, PhD, ACM, The Weather Doctor "...a well-illustrated guide to issues past, present and future about the evidence for changes in Earth's environment...A very informative book." Choice "The Climate Revealed is an attractive volume...The photographs are well done and invite readers to think about the images and how they connect with the region...I'm sure to use my copy in the classroom." National Science Teachers Association

Introduction How to use this book
Climate in Motion
The Earth in space
The atmosphere in motion
Oceans and currents
Water cycle and biosphere
Clouds
The impact of volcanoes
The sunspot cycle?
Atmosphere electricity
The Gaia principle
Climate Records
Current measurement system
Weather satellites
Weather forecasting
Historical records
Proxy records
Ice ages
Continental drift
Asteroid impact
Polar Regions
Climate of the Arctic
Climate of Antarctica
Aurorae
The great ice sheets
Coping with extreme cold
The ozone hole
Sea ice
Ice cores
Tundra and Taiga
Climate of tundra and taiga
A climate of extremes
Tundra flora and fauna
The northern forests
Snow cover
Permafrost
Mountain Regions
Climate of the mountains
Avalanches
Mountain vegetation
Living in the mountains
The threat of tourism
Mountain glaciers
Mediterranean Regions
Climate of the Mediterranean
Mediterranean winds
Mediterranean vegetation
The Mediterranean diet
A history of deforestation
Temperate Regions
Climate of temperate regions
Depressions and anticyclones
Agriculture and farming
The impact of urbanization
Unusual spells of weather
Ocean circulation patterns
The Little Ice Age
The Praries
Climate of prairies and steppes
Thunderstorms
Tornadoes
Plant hardiness
Dust Bowl years
The Tropics
Climate of the tropics
The monsoon
Tropical storms and hurricanes
The biodiversity of life
Destruction of the rainforests
El Nino
Cycles and long-term forecasts
Desert Regions
Climate of the deserts
Albedo and radiative effects
Renewable energy
Desert flora and fauna
Human response to heat
The Sahel drought
Are the deserts expanding?
Dust and airborne particulates
The Future
Modelling the climate
Monitoring for the future
The cost of climate change
Future food production
Climate and health
Weather modification
Sea-level rise
The next 100 years
Glossary
Index
Acknowledgements
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521770811
ISBN-10: 0521770815
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 28th October 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.2 x 22.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.18