, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 435-437
Date: 26 Aug 2006

Earth Paleoenvironments: Records Preserved in Mid- and Low-latitude Glaciers, Vol. 9, DeWayne Cecil L, Green JR, Thompson LG (eds), 250 pp

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Global climate and environmental change has been happening throughout the Earth’s existence but the 20th century has seen an unprecedented acceleration on a global and regional scale. Ice cores provide a wealth of information about the Earth’s past atmosphere and climate, with records from Polar Regions spanning back thousands of years. However, with 85% of the world population living between 50°N and 50°S, and with questions about the effects of anthropogenic activities on climate increasing, should we be looking to the temperate regions for some of the answers?

This is the first book devoted entirely to records preserved in mid- and low-latitude glaciers, with study sites ranging from the Rocky Mountains in western North America, the Tien Shan and Himalayan Mountains in Central Asia, the Andes in South America and the glaciers of Scandinavia. The benefits of collecting ice cores from this region is immediately apparent from the first introduction chapter (Thompson). The wide array of ...