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RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST
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Environmental Change
by Andrew Goudie.

This 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.

 

Ice Age Earth
by Alastair Dawson.

The 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.

 

The World Atlas of Holocene Sea Changes
by P.A. Pireazzoli. Elsevier 1991.

This 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 science.

 

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
by Ignatius Donnelley, 1882, Dover Publications Inc. NY.

Examines 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 its inhabitants.

 

Mysteries of Forgotten Worlds
by C. Birlitz, 1990, Souvenier Press London.

 

The Mystery of Atlantis
by C.Birlitza, 1996, Souvenir Press.

An 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.

 

Atlantis in Andalucia
by E.M. Wilshaw.


Collins Dictionary of Archaeology
by P.Bahn, Harper Collins, Glasgow.

This 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.

 

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