The White Planet: The Evolution and Future of Our Frozen World

By Jean Jouzel; Claude Lorius et al. | Go to book overview
CONTENTS
PREFACEXI
PART ONE THE WORLD OF ICE:PAST AND PRESENT1
Chapter 1 The Ice on Our Planet3
Snow and Ice: A Multifaceted World3
Mountain Glaciers and Ice Caps5
Polar Regions: The Omnipresence of the White Planet7
Greenland, Antarctica, and Ice Shelves10
Ice: An Agent and Indicator of Climate Change14
The White Planet and Sea Levels16
Chapter 2 From Exploration to Scientific Observation18
The Flow of Mountain Glaciers19
Mass Balance: The Health of a Glacier21
The Arctic Ocean in the Time of the Explorers23
The Arctic Ocean: Vulnerable Ice25
Greenland: An Island Inhabited for Millennia28
Greenland: An Increasingly Negative Mass Balance28
Antarctica: A Much More Recent Exploration31
Antarctica: A Long Uncertain Mass Balance34
Chapter 3 Ice through the Ages37
The Time of the Pioneers37
Ice of Long Ago40
Glaciations of the Quaternary and Astronomic Theory46
PART TWO POLAR ICE: AMAZING ARCHIVES51
Chapter 4 Reconstructing the Climates of the Past53
The Round of Isotopes54
Going Back in Time57
The Recent Period57
The Distant Past60
Paleoceanography61
Continental Archives62

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