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The Resource Waking the giant : how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, Bill McGuire

Waking the giant : how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, Bill McGuire

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Waking the giant : how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes
Title
Waking the giant
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how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes
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Bill McGuire
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Language
eng
Summary
"The ground beneath our feet may seem safe and solid, but earthquakes, volcanic blasts and other hazardous natural phenomena leave us in no doubt that this isn't the case. The Earth is a dynamic planet of shifting tectonic plates that is responsive to change, particularly when there is a dramatic climate transition. We know that at the end of the last Ice Age, as the great glaciers disappeared, the release in pressure allowed the crust beneath to bounce back. At the same time, staggering volumes of melt water poured into the ocean basins, warping and bending the crust around their margins. The resulting tossing and turning provoked a huge resurgence in volcanic activity, seismic shocks, and monstrous landslides -- the last both above the waves and below. The frightening truth is that temperature rises expected this century are in line with those at the end of the Ice Age. All the signs, warns geophysical hazard specialist Bill McGuire, are that unmitigated climate change due to human activities could bring about a comparable response. Using evidence accumulated from studies of the recent history of our planet, and gleaned from current observations and modeling, he argues convincingly that we ignore at our peril the threats that presented by climate change and the waking giant beneath our feet."--Cover
Summary
"The ground beneath our feet may seem safe and solid, but earthquakes, volcanic blasts and other hazardous natural phenomena leave us in no doubt that this isn't the case. The Earth is a dynamic planet of shifting tectonic plates that is responsive to change, particularly when there is a dramatic climate transition. We know that at the end of the last Ice Age, as the great glaciers disappeared, the release in pressure allowed the crust beneath to bounce back. At the same time, staggering volumes of melt water poured into the ocean basins, warping and bending the crust around their margins. The resulting tossing and turning provoked a huge resurgence in volcanic activity, seismic shocks, and monstrous landslides -- the last both above the waves and below.The frightening truth is that temperature rises expected this century are in line with those at the end of the Ice Age. All the signs, warns geophysical hazard specialist Bill McGuire, are that unmitigated climate change due to human activities could bring about a comparable response. Using evidence accumulated from studies of the recent history of our planet, and gleaned from current observations and modeling, he argues convincingly that we ignore at our peril the threats that presented by climate change and the waking giant beneath our feet."--Cover
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10116148
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Dewey number
551.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC903
LC item number
.M396 2012
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Target audience
adult
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how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes
Label
Waking the giant : how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, Bill McGuire
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-282) and index
Contents
The storm after the calm -- Once and future climate -- Nice day for an eruption -- Bouncing back -- Earth in motion -- Water, water, everywhere -- Reawakening the giant
Control code
5569596
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 303 p.
Isbn
9780199592265
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ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn752069075
  • (OCoLC)752069075
Label
Waking the giant : how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, Bill McGuire
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-282) and index
Contents
The storm after the calm -- Once and future climate -- Nice day for an eruption -- Bouncing back -- Earth in motion -- Water, water, everywhere -- Reawakening the giant
Control code
5569596
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 303 p.
Isbn
9780199592265
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn752069075
  • (OCoLC)752069075

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