ORDER OF OUR PRIORITY ASSESSMENT
by Andrew Goudie.
book examines the environmental changes of the last
three million years. It is a concise, modern survey
which details the developments in the study of environmental
change. There is a wide geographical coverage, using
a minimum of technical language, so that it is accessible
to non-geomorphologists and non-geologists. Traditional
and recent techniques for the study of the Pleistocene
are described and then the chronology, nature, and
effects of the major events are outlined. This is
followed by a discussion of the Holocene and a detailed
analysis of changes during the period of meteorological
observations. The book ends with sections on sea-level
changes and the causes of climatic change. This
new edition has been extensively rewritten. The
references and guides to reading have been up-dated
and many new figures included. Additional information
is provided on new techniques for environmental
reconstruction, on climatic sequences preserved
in ocean sediments and loess, on sea-level curves,
and on the causes of climatic change.
reconstruction of past climatic change is dependent
upon the application of reliable dating techniques
and an understanding of the context of these methods.
The study of Quarternary palaeoenvironments must
draw from a range of disciplines. In an areas of
increasing interest and specialisation, Ice Age
Earth combines a summary of research and a synthetic
description of the Late Quarternary. It focuses
on changes in the Earth's geology and climate between
the last interglacial and the final melting of the
last great ice sheets: 130 000 to 7 000 year ago.
The book describes the study of ocean sediments
and ice cores and the value of these findings to
the development of advance circulation models. Emphasis
is placed on regional variability in glacial history,
the rapidity of past climate change and the complexity
of environmental responses to widespread deglaciation.
Periglacial environmnents - lakes, rivers, mires,
volcanic and aeolian activity, crustal and sea-level
movement - are also considered. The book closes
with a contextual discussion on Milankovitch insolation
theory. Ice Age Earth provides the first detailed
review of global environmental change in the Late
Quaternary. It should prove essential reading for
all students interested in Quaternary environments.
World Atlas of Holocene Sea Changes
P.A. Pireazzoli. Elsevier 1991.
timely study is concerned with the current record
of sea-level changes during the past 10,000 years;
their rates, and our ability to estimate these changes
accurately. The author begins with an extensive
introduction to the subject, covering the historical
background and the possible causes of sea-level
changes and the main methods used to reconstruct
former sea-level positions. The second and main
part of the Atlas provides a worldwide review of
Holocene sea level changes by assembling some 800
local relative sea-level curves, deduced from field
data from all parts of the world, and comparing
these with over 100 curves predicted by geophysical
models. This data is compiled in 77 regional plates,
each containing 4-20 relative sea-level curves drawn
to the same scale. These plates enable a visual
assessment of geological trends in sea-level during
the Holocene to be made. Comparing this data with
trends deduced from tide gauges and near-future
trends predicted by climate models, should enable
more accurate assessment of near future sea-level
changes on a local scale. The regional plates are
fully annotated with locations, authors' names,
year of publication and some indicative values of
the spring tidal range in the region, as well as
an accompanying text of comments. Finally, the author
provides a state of the art review, proposes improvements
in methodology and suggests directions for further
study. An extensive bibliography of over 750 references,
and two indexes complete the study. This comprehensive
work contains data and interpretations of value
to all those with an interest in regional geography,
climatology, sea-level change, and environmental
The Antediluvian World
by Ignatius Donnelley, 1882,
Dover Publications Inc. NY.
references in the Bible, Plato, Greek myth and other
early legends in an attempt to find evidence to
support the historical existence of Atlantis and
of Forgotten Worlds
C. Birlitz, 1990, Souvenier Press London.
Mystery of Atlantis
C.Birlitza, 1996, Souvenir Press.
investigation into the mystery surrounding the lost
civilisation of Atlantis, in which the author reveals
the results of his underwater explorations for the
fabled site, and describes what he found at the
location mentioned by ancient writers.
Dictionary of Archaeology
P.Bahn, Harper Collins, Glasgow.
dictionary of archaeology is an up-to-date resource
designed to be of interest to students, amateurs
or professionals with an interest in the subject.
The dictionary includes definitions of terms and
concepts but also coverage of sites and artifacts.
3000 entries are included with global coverage of
cultures, sites, features and artifacts, explanations
of the methods and terms of archaeological study
and biographical accounts of important archaeologists.