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Colour Atlas of Glacial Phenomena

  • Offers an excellent photographic representation, supported by satellite imagery, of all key glacial phenomena, including glaciers, ice sheets and glacial landforms
  • Includes thorough and helpful introductory material on glacial processes with concise diagrams and supporting key concepts
  • Presents worldwide coverage of examples by experienced and authoritative field glaciologists
  • Provides information in a user-friendly fashion for field use and suitable for a wide-range of readership, from geoscience students, to researchers and mountaineers
  • Makes information available as an "App" for use with a smart phone and as a necessary complementary to contemporary textbooks

By: Michael J Hambrey(Author), Jürg C Alean(Author)

426 pages, 663 colour photos

Apple Academic Press

Hardback | Sep 2016 | #232379 | ISBN-13: 9781482234404
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NHBS Price: £114.00 $148/€127 approx

About this book

Colour Atlas of Glacial Phenomena provides an illustrated guide to the wide variety of features found on and around the world's glaciers and ice sheets as well as the products of glacial erosion and deposition. It stresses both the beauty and utility of glaciers and demonstrates how our lives are influenced by one of the key components of the Earth system, the cryosphere. The authors cover glaciers and their landforms and explain some of the key concepts in glaciology and glacial geology.

"A beautifully illustrated and most comprehensive compendium of all things glacial, with a level of accessibility and clarity that will ensure it soon becomes the most consulted book in the collection of all who are interested in glaciers and their environments."
– David J.A. Evans, Durham University, UK

"This atlas depicts the beauty of ice in its numerous forms with stellar photographs and insightful explanations. Both authors have spent decades on ice during their expeditions in Polar and Alpine regions and collected a wealth of information and facts about glacial phenomena –this combination of talents is unique and there are simply no better experts describing ice features by photography. This atlas is not only of interest for students in the field of environmental sciences, earth science and more, but also for the interested naturalist and alpinist exploring the beauty of the alpine and polar extremes with open eyes and looking for explanations. Having spent the past forty years on expeditions in Polar Regions, I still appreciate depth of information given in this Atlas of Glacial Phenomena."
– Konrad Steffen, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

"In putting together this collection of photographs of glacial phenomena, amassed over two long and distinguished careers, the authors provide a wonderful resource for scientists and students of glaciology and those in the wider public with an interest in the forces that shape our world. After even a casual glance at this book it would be impossible not to find oneself agreeing with the authors that glaciers are amongst the most beautiful and fascinating elements of nature. Glaciology is a rich and appealing subject and glaciers and their environments exhibit a strikingly beautiful and fascinating array of phenomena. For me it is a joy to see all these phenomena illustrated in one place with photographs of great quality that depict amongst the best examples in nature."
– Darrel A. Swift, University of Sheffield, UK

"The Colour Atlas of Glacial Phenomena contains a wealth of great photos, detail and explanation which will be of great interest to the public and professionals alike. First, the photos are fantastic. They are well considered and framed, and show the phenomenon clearly. Second, the devil details are evident in the photos, which, alongside the clear and simple explanations, give confidence that you too will be able to see similar features if they are present in your next visit to a glaciated environment, or one that has been deglaciated. Anyone with an interest in glaciology and physical geography will be fascinated by this atlas. It would be an odd person with these interests who would not find something of interest and fascination in the material, which draws on locations throughout the glaciated world, from the north to the south. This is a valuable contribution to the recognition of glaciological phenomenon in the field, and I am delighted to recommend it without reservation."
– Martyn Tranter, Bristol Glaciology Centre, UK

"The passion that Hambrey and Alean have for glacier photography clearly shines through in the unprecedented collection of photos they have gathered for this highly visual tour through the glaciological lexicon. This book is refreshingly heavy on photographs and light on text, yet I suspect it still contains factoids that even established glaciologists will find curious."
– William Colgan, York University, Ontario, Canada

"This is a most welcome volume to all those interested in glaciers. A unique aspect of this "atlas" is the more than 600 photographs and figures, which show essential features of glaciers and glacier-related phenomena from all over the world. Most of the photographs were taken by the authors. Drs. Michael J. Hambrey and Jürg Alean who belong to a handful of extensively traveled glaciologists. They have authored together and individually five widely read books and photo albums. This new book is the first of its kind, in which more than 600 scientific terms are explained and accompanied by magnificent and clear photographs. These photographs cover regions from the Arctic, through the Equator to the Antarctic. They were taken from space, from the ground and in the laboratory. This volume will be a valuable companion not only for students with limited access to glaciers, but also for experts in glaciology."
– Atsumu Ohmura, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland

"The authors, Hambrey and Alean, are known for their spectacular photography in previous books as well as those images made available on their website. In addition, they are recognized as being scientific experts in the field of glaciers, their processes and their deposits. This combination has enabled them to craft a book that is not only stunning to simply browse, but which is also authoritative in its scientific knowledge. The excellent examples of images they have selected build a creative learning experience for laypersons and scientists alike. The atlas should prove to be valuable for non-scientific members of the general public who are interested in the natural world and their surroundings, providing an understanding about landscapes in the high- to mid-latitudes and adding to their enjoyment while hiking through mountainous terrain. At the same time, it is a solid reference for the professional scientist and it more than likely will entice younger people interested in science, especially those now concerned about the effects of global warming on our world, into the field of glaciology and associated scientific disciplines. This atlas is recommended because it doubles as a beautiful "coffee-table" book and one that is a valuable reference companion for the bookshelf."
– Ross Powell, Northern Illinois University, USA

" [...] the book will be of value to all who seek to understand the character and function of landscapes in which glaciers exist today and have existed in the past – and also how those landscapes change as glaciers grow and decay over time. The book will be helpful to students seeking to understand the scientific literature of glaciology and glacial geology for the first time, but also to everyone who loves and is intrigued by the diversity of mountain and other glaciated landscapes."
– Martin Sharp, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


- How to use this volume
- A short guide to glacial processes and products

- Glaciological features
- Glacial erosion features
- Glacial depositional features

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Michael J. Hambrey is affiliated with the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK. Jürg Alean is a Glaciologist in Switzerland.

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