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The Periglaciation of Great Britain - C. K. Ballantyne

The Periglaciation of Great Britain

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Published: 25th December 1995
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Knowledge of periglacial structures and deposits is important for engineering operations and for the reconstruction of the climatic environment of the past. The effects of periglaciation on the British landscape are synthesised in this undergraduate text. The landforms, deposits and sedimentary structures that developed under conditions of arctic severity during the Quaternary Era are described, as well as more recent features that have formed due to processes currently active on British mountains. The book draws together a wide range of theoretical and laboratory research, and recent work from arctic and alpine environments to explain the origins and significance of the relic periglacial features we see in Britain. The book is divided into four parts, beginning with an introduction to the concept of periglaciation, and the necessary chronological and environmental background. Periglacial phenomena in lowland and upland Britain are then considered, along with the relevant theory and current knowledge of these phenomena. Three contrasting periglacial environments are reconstructed in the final chapters. The book forms a valuable synthesis for undergraduates and a useful reference for introductory courses. '... excellent new volume ... in one volume the authors have attempted to bring together virtually all the evidence available for periglacial activity in Britain. This is no small task, yet they have achieved their aims impressively' Geological Magazine 'well illustrated with many diagrams and photographs of good quality ... will become a basic reference work for UK based geomorphologists and Quaternary scientists' Journal of Quaternary Science

From reviews of the first edition: 'excellent new volume ! in one volume the authors have attempted to bring together virtually all the evidence available for periglacial activity in Britain. This is no small task, yet they have achieved their aims impressively ! It is well written, beautifully illustrated and well produced. It will definitely be the basic reference for periglacial courses for years to come.' Geological Magazine 'Throughout the text is well written, clear, and the descriptions are well-referenced. Moreover, the textbook is well illustrated with many diagrams and photographs of good quality ! will become a basic reference work for UK based geomorphologists and Quaternary scientists' Journal of Quaternary Science '! an excellent book which I heartily recommend to anyone interested in glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Quaternary environmental change, or the landscape of western Europe ! one of the lasting joys of this book is that it is clearly and elegantly written.' Raoul Miller, Arctic and Alpine Research 'Two of Great Britain's most respected and productive periglacial geomorphologists have joined forces to create a volume that will undoubtedly become essential reading for both students undertkaing a periglacial module as part of their undergraduate course and those engaged in research into the processes, landforms and sediments that are regarded as characteristic of Britain's periglacial heritage ! Overall the book is well written (i.e. it is easy to read and understand)' Dr. Peter Wilson, Quaternary Newsletter 'This volume is not a dry recitation of old process cliches, nor is it a dull compendium of the existing literature...the reader is provided with a thoughtful, up-to-date review of knowledge ! and an assessment of the general state of periglacial process geomorphology.' Colin E. Thorn, Journal of Ecological Education

Introduction and Context
Introduction
Quaternary environmental change in Great Britain
Periglacial environments
The Periglaciation of Lowland Britain
Ice wedge casts and relict tundra polygons
Ground ice depressions and related phenomena
Active layer processes: cryoturbation and patterned ground
Periglacial mass-wasting and slope evolution in lowland Britain
Lowland landscape modification by fluvial and aeolian processes
The Periglaciation of Upland Britain
Frost weathering and mountain-top detritus
Patterned ground on British mountains
Solifluction landforms in upland Britain
Talus slopes and related landforms
Nival, fluvial, aeolian and coastal features
Periglacial Environments
Past and present periglacial environments
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ISBN: 9780521310161
ISBN-10: 0521310164
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 25th December 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.28 x 21.74  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.94