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Weather : How It Works And Why It Matters - Arthur Upgren


How It Works And Why It Matters

Paperback Published: 1st October 2001
ISBN: 9780738205212
Number Of Pages: 240

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Scientists have delved deep into the smallest particles of matter and have extended their view to the far reaches of the universe, but still they are unable to predict the temperature five days hence. In this intriguing book, two experts in meteorology and astronomy take us on a grand tour of Earth's weather. Amid colorful anecdotes of the Galapagos, Siberia, and places closer to home, they describe the factors involved in shaping our weather, from humidity and prevailing winds to air-pressure systems and the causes of seasonal change. They also explore the history of Earth's climate and its pivotal role in the development of life and human evolution. The authors end with a discussion of the major threats to Earth's atmosphere brought on by human activity, including global warming and ozone depletion, and argue that pure science-not politics-should dictate our policy responses.

List of Illustrationsp. XI
Prefacep. XV
Introductionp. 1
Temperature and Pressure: The Fundamentals of Airp. 7
It's Not the Heat ... It's the Heat and the Humidityp. 15
The Four Seasonsp. 30
Other Worlds: Lessons from Comparative Planetologyp. 42
Weather Wisdom and Lorep. 50
Stormy Weatherp. 70
When Time Stood Still: The Ancient History of the Climatep. 76
Here Come the Glacietsp. 92
The Post-Glacial Period: Homo Sapiens Comes of Agep. 108
The Greenhouse Gases: Making Our Own Worldp. 124
Oceans: The Majority Rulesp. 146
El Nino: From Hoax to Menacep. 154
Ozone, Good and Badp. 159
Two Worldsp. 166
Energy: Production and Consumptionp. 172
The World in a Future Climatep. 183
Global Warming: The Everyman Misconceptionp. 188
Mass and Weightp. 200
Air Pressure and Densityp. 202
Absorption and Condensationp. 205
The Coriolis Effect and the Prevailing Westerliesp. 209
Further Remarks on the Causes of Mass Extinctionsp. 211
Instances of Global Warmingp. 213
Bibliographyp. 216
Indexp. 218
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ISBN: 9780738205212
ISBN-10: 0738205214
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.44  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition