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Ice Ages: Solving the Mystery

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This book tells the exciting story of the ice ages--what they were like, why they occurred, and when the next one is due. The solution to the ice age mystery originated when the National Science Foundation organized the CLIMAP project to study changes in the earth's climate over the past 700,000 years. One of the goals was to produce a map of the earth during the last ice ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 30th 1986 by Harvard University Press (first published January 1st 1979)
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Dec 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Thoroughly researched treatment of the history of our understanding of the ice ages. This brings the subject of global climate change into perspective. I especially recomend this book to anyone interested the history of science, and or global climate change. If you are inclined toward the perspective of global warming by anthropogenic interaction you should see the rest of the story. Incoming solar radiation and the fact that it changes over time in complex ways due to several long period oscill ...more
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Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I think that this book is very good. It tells the story of how the scientific community zeroes in on an answer to a question, in this case, "why did ice ages occur when they did?" He begins with an address that Luis Agassiz gave in Neuchatel, Switzerland in 1837 and goes from there up to the time of original publication in 1976, with a little tag for the edition that I read covering the late 1970's.

This book came to my attention as part of a bibliography of something else that I had read, so I k
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really well researched material on a very important theory for the future of our climate. A thoroughly exciting read, this is almost fiction in the beautiful way with which it tells the story of the main protagonists.

I particularly cherished the conclusion, which shined a lot of light into how the glacier and interglacial theories will fit into the picture of global warming. There's some hope after all, and it's a breath of fresh air to sense some solid rational arguments about how our biospher
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Popularizes the history of discoveries, related to the Ice Ages: names, personal stories, debates, final acceptance. No mystery, though.

For me, plainly not interesting. I prefer style of The Complete Ice Age ed. by Brian Fagan.
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Excellent "popular science" history of the study of earth's past ice ages from one of the scientists who was in on the action. ...more
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John Imbrie was an American paleoceanographer best known for his work on the theory of ice ages. He is the grandson of William Imbrie, an American missionary to Japan.

After serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II, Imbrie earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University. He then went on to receive a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1951. He was elected to the Nationa

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