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The Frozen Earth : Fundamentals of Geocryology - Peter J. Williams

The Frozen Earth

Fundamentals of Geocryology

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Published: 23rd September 1991
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This book describes the effects of cold climates on the surface of the earth. Using scientific principles, the authors describe the evolution of ground thermal conditions and the origin of natural features such as frost heave, solifluction, slope instabilities, patterned ground, pingos and ice wedges. The thermodynamic conditions accompanying the freezing of water in porous materials are examined and their fundamental role in the ice segregation and frost heave processes is demonstrated in a clear and simple manner. This book concentrates on the analysis of the causes and effects of frozen ground phenomena, rather than on the description of the natural features characteristic of freezing or thawing ground. Its scientific approach provides a basis for geotechnical analyses such as those essential to resource development.

'The Frozen Earth ... fills a considerable gap in the literature and will be of importance to both academic and applied workers in the periglacial zone. It is the most significant contribution in this field for a number of years.' Polar Record '... an excellent state-of-the-art review of our current knowledge and understanding of the processes controlling ground freezing and thawing and the behaviour of frozen ground.' Arctic '... the book has successfully brought together a wide body of information from several different but related fields of endeavour, to produce a good overview of the fundamentals of geocryology.' Canadian Geotechnical Journal

Preface
Acknowledgements
Periglacial Conditions
Morphology of Permafrost and Seasonally Frozen Ground
Climate and Frozen Ground
The Ground Thermal Regime
The Forms of the Ground Surface 1: Slopes and Subsidences
The Forms of the Ground Surface 2: Structures and Microtopography of Level Ground
Thermodynamic Behaviour of Frozen Soils
Hydrology of Frozen Ground
The Mechanics of Frozen Ground
Geocryology Past and Future
References
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521424233
ISBN-10: 0521424232
Series: Studies in Polar Research
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 23rd September 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 16.97  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.52