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The Climate Revealed

The Climate Revealed

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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available in limited markets only
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521770811

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  • El Niño, La Niña, global warming--terms that crop up frequently in current media coverage of anomalous weather conditions: a spring thaw in January in New York City...a snowstorm in Bakersfield, California...winterlike temperatures in Miami. Such phenomena as these and reports of devastating droughts, floods, and storms around the world bring home the fact of how deeply climate affects our daily lives--and of our inability to control the consequences of climatic events. Extraordinarily timely, The Climate Revealed explores the human-climate "relationship" in all its fascinating complexity. Packed with 250 beautiful, full-color photographs, the volume travels the globe to provide a detailed portrait of individual climate zones from the polar icecaps to the fiercest deserts. The expert and highly accessible text uncovers the essential elements--earth, air, fire and water--that make up the world's various climates. William Burroughs reveals the dramatic discoveries and techniques of historians and archaeologists in their search to understand climates of the past. In the book's conclusion he considers the future and presents every facet of the current environmental debate. With its detailed coverage of the past, present, and future, this marvelous work is essential reading for all those who want to understand one of the most critical facets of life, climate. William Burroughs is a well known and successful science author who has written four books on the weather including Does the Weather Really Matter? (1997), Weather Cycles: Real or Imaginary (1992), and Watching the World's Weather (1991), all published by Cambridge University Press.

    Reviews & endorsements

    "...visually rich...studded with stunning, magazine-quality photographs and offers a new topic with literally every turn of the page." American Scientist

    "Through a host of illustrative graphs, charts, maps, photographs, and lucid text, Burroughs explains how fundamental climatic processes work and how meteorologists attempt to predict them. Burroughs exuberantly details each climate zone highlighting unique features and the impact humans have had there." Science News

    "There is much here on climate and society, from Mediterranean diets to the impact of avalanches and from urbanization to desertification. The book is lavishly illustrated with high quality photos, graphs, explanatory illustrations, and even some brief biographies." Science Book and Films

    "I have never come across a book that explains more clearly and vividly the factors that affect our climate: the pictures and diagrams are well-chosen, and they are superbly integrated with the text." Clive Cookson, Financial Times

    "For sheer beauty, I cannot recall a comparable book on the climate system. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

    "...if you are looking for a good survey reference on the Earth's climate, I recommend this book." Keith C. Heidorn, PhD, ACM, The Weather Doctor

    "...a well-illustrated guide to issues past, present and future about the evidence for changes in Earth's environment...A very informative book." Choice

    "The Climate Revealed is an attractive volume...The photographs are well done and invite readers to think about the images and how they connect with the region...I'm sure to use my copy in the classroom." National Science Teachers Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521770811
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 292 x 229 mm
    • weight: 1.177kg
    • availability: Available in limited markets only
  • Table of Contents

    How to use this book
    Part I. Climate in Motion:
    1. The Earth in space
    2. The atmosphere in motion
    3. Oceans and currents
    4. Water cycle and biosphere
    5. Clouds
    6. The impact of volcanoes
    7. The sunspot cycle?
    8. Atmosphere electricity
    9. The Gaia principle
    Part II. Climate Records:
    10. Current measurement system
    11. Weather satellites
    12. Weather forecasting
    13. Historical records
    14. Proxy records
    15. Ice ages
    16. Continental drift
    17. Asteroid impact
    Part III. Polar Regions:
    18. Climate of the Arctic
    19. Climate of Antarctica
    20. Aurorae
    21. The great ice sheets
    22. Coping with extreme cold
    23. The ozone hole
    24. Sea ice
    25. Ice cores
    Part IV. Tundra and Taiga:
    26. Climate of tundra and taiga
    27. A climate of extremes
    28. Tundra flora and fauna
    29. The northern forests
    30. Snow cover
    31. Permafrost
    Part V. Mountain Regions:
    32. Climate of the mountains
    33. Avalanches
    34. Mountain vegetation
    35. Living in the mountains
    36. The threat of tourism
    37. Mountain glaciers
    Part VI. Mediterranean Regions:
    38. Climate of the Mediterranean
    39. Mediterranean winds
    40. Mediterranean vegetation
    41. The Mediterranean diet
    42. A history of deforestation
    Part VII. Temperate Regions:
    43. Climate of temperate regions
    44. Depressions and anticyclones
    45. Agriculture and farming
    46. The impact of urbanization
    47. Unusual spells of weather
    48. Ocean circulation patterns
    49. The Little Ice Age
    Part VIII. The Praries:
    50. Climate of prairies and steppes
    51. Thunderstorms
    52. Tornadoes
    53. Plant hardiness
    54. Dust Bowl years
    Part IX. The Tropics:
    55. Climate of the tropics
    56. The monsoon
    57. Tropical storms and hurricanes
    58. The biodiversity of life
    59. Destruction of the rainforests
    60. El Nino
    61. Cycles and long-term forecasts
    Part X. Desert Regions:
    62. Climate of the deserts
    63. Albedo and radiative effects
    64. Renewable energy
    65. Desert flora and fauna
    66. Human response to heat
    67. The Sahel drought
    68. Are the deserts expanding?
    69. Dust and airborne particulates
    Part XI. The Future:
    70. Modelling the climate
    71. Monitoring for the future
    72. The cost of climate change
    73. Future food production
    74. Climate and health
    75. Weather modification
    76. Sea-level rise
    77. The next 100 years

  • Author

    William Burroughs

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