The Ice Age.pdf

The Ice Age.pdf



This book is written as a general overview of the Ice Age, with particular emphasis on glacial periods and the landscape and sedimentary record left by glacial action.  The book is exceptionally richly illustrated with colour photographs, diagrams and maps.

The book has already been published as Das Eiszeitalter in German by Spektrum books (an imprint of Springer).  They have agreed to give us first option of the world English language rights.

As is made clear by the reviews, a non-German version of the book will benefit greatly from the replacement of some of the German case studies and a more balanced reference list. The authors has also agreed to take on board the other recommendations made by the reviewers, and has invited two leading British Quaternary scientists (Gibbard and Hughes) as co-authors.  Ehlers is fluent in English and the new authors in German, so it will undertake the translation themselves.

Jurgen Ehlers studied Geography at the University of Hamburg. In 1978 he did his PhD with a study in glacial geomorphology. Since then Ehlers worked at the Geological Survey of Hamburg, where he was in charge of the geological mapping until his retirement in 2013. He organised the INQUA project Extent and Chronology of Quaternary Glaciations with both Phil Gibbard and Phil Hughes and this global compilation was published in 2011. Philip Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography at The University of Manchester. He studied for his first degree reading geography at the University of Exeter graduating in 1999. This was followed by a Masters in Quaternary Science, then a PhD in Geography, both at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College). He is Subject Editor in Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology for the Journal of the Geological Society. Philip Gibbard is Professor of Quaternary Palaeoenvironments in the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Dosent in the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is past-chair of the International Commission on Stratigraphy's Quaternary Subcommission. He is currently President, and was formally Secretary and member, of the Stratigraphy and Geochronology Commission of INQUA, and is a member of the INQUA Subcommission of European Quaternary Stratigraphy and the Geological Society of London's Stratigraphy Commission. His research is focused on Quaternary and late Tertiary terrestrial and shallow marine sedimentation, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental evolution throughout Europe, but he has also worked in the Arctic, North America, India and South-East Asia.



1. Introduction

2. The course of the Ice Age

3 Ice and water

4 Till and moraines - the traces of glaciers

5 Meltwater: from moulins to the urstromtal

6 Maps - where are we here?

7 Extent of the Glaciers

8 Ice in the ground - the periglacial areas

9 Hippos in the Thames - the warm stages

10 The course of deglaciation

11 Wind, sand and stones - the aeolian processes

12 What happened to the Rivers?

13 North and Baltic Sea during the Ice Age

14 Climate models and reconstructions

15 Humans interfere




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