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Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes

Product Code: MPWTG
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: By Bill McGuire
Publication Date: 25 April 2013
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Published by Oxford University Press. Stocked from August 2016.

Twenty thousand years ago our planet was an icehouse. Temperatures were down six degrees; ice sheets kilometres thick buried much of Europe and North America and sea levels were 130m lower. The following 15 millennia saw an astonishing transformation as our planet metamorphosed into the temperate world upon which our civilisation has grown and thrived. One of the most dynamic periods in Earth history saw rocketing temperatures melt the great ice sheets like butter on a hot summer's day; feeding torrents of freshwater into ocean basins that rapidly filled to present levels. The removal of the enormous weight of ice at high latitudes caused the crust to bounce back triggering earthquakes in Europe and North America and provoking an unprecedented volcanic outburst in Iceland. A giant submarine landslide off the coast of Norway sent a tsunami crashing onto the Scottish coast while around the margins of the continents the massive load exerted on the crust by soaring sea levels encouraged a widespread seismic and volcanic rejoinder.
In many ways, this post-glacial world mirrors that projected to arise as a consequence of unmitigated climate change driven by human activities. Already there are signs that the effects of climbing global temperatures are causing the sleeping giant to stir once again. Could it be that we are on track to bequeath to our children and their children not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically fractious one?

Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780199678754
Publisher: Distributed by GSL
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 303
Weight: 0.45 kg


1: The storm after the calm
2: Once and future climate
3: Nice day for an eruption
4: Bouncing back
5: Earth in motion
6: Water, water, everywhere
7: Reawakening the giant
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