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Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages
In this engrossing and accessible book, Doug Macdougall explores the causes and effects of ice ages that have gripped our planet throughout its history, from the earliest known glaciation—nearly three billion years ago—to the present. Following the development of scientific ideas about these dramatic events, Macdougall traces the lives of many of the brilliant and intrigui ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by University of California Press
(first published September 15th 2004)
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Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages, is a great book about the Ice age and the gradual acknowledgement made by scientific society of the existence of ice ages. Doug Macdougall, the author of Frozen Earth, mentions different scientific and non-scientific figures who have contributed in making the theory of Ice age. He writes about how they comprehended the causes of ice age and the evidence current landscape provides. He talks about Louis Agassiz frequently because of this contrib ...more
The book is a decade old, but still very interesting, as it treats in large part the history of the scientific investigation into ice ages. Especially the parts on the Pleistocene (which is most of the book) are good. The part on the Snowball Earth-period periods was less informative because necessarily more speculative. The last of those periods was more than 600 million years ago, so there is not much solid evidence. The chapter on the relation between the last ice age and human evolution was ...more
If you know nothing about Snowball Earth episodes and Ice Ages, this book is for you. Yes, think about skiing at the sea level near the equator,... it happened long ago. This book is truly informative and easy to read. Professor Macdougall did a superb job.
I won't rehash what other reviewers have written about this excellent book except to say that I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Frozen Earth is organized as a series of biographical chapters focusing on different scientists who advanced our understanding of the history of Earth's glaciations stretching back several billion years. These biographical sketches include Louis Agassiz, James Croll, Milutin Milankovitch and others. I found this fascinating and it whet my appetite for more sub ...more
What a great book for the non-scientist who wants to learn about the scientists and the theories of ice ages. I know the current climate concern is over global warming, but a glacial advance seems way more frightening after reading this book. One issue that I had with the book is that it did not extend the theories forward in time to make an attempt at predicting when there will be a glacial advance again. This seemed like the next logical step and the author never went there. Overall impression ...more