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Past Glacial Environments

TextbookNew Edition
Authored by leading experts from around the world, each sharing their own diverse expertise
Includes specific case studies to alert readers to important ideas and issues while enhancing the readability of the book
Uses text boxes throughout to explain key concepts from glacial literature
Presents full colour photographs, line diagrams, and tables throughout

By: John Menzies (Author), Jaap JM van der Meer (Author)

600 pages, colour & b/w photos, illustrations, maps


Paperback | 01 Jun 2017 | Edition: 2 | #232671 | ISBN-13: 9780081005248
Available for pre-order: Due Jun 2017 Details
NHBS Price: £84.99 $104/€95 approx

About this book

Past Glacial Environments, Second Edition, presents a revised and updated version of the very successful first edition of Menzies' book, covering a breadth of topics with a focus on the recognition and analysis of former glacial environments, including the pre-Quaternary glaciations. Past Glacial Environments is made up of chapters written by various geological experts from across the world, with the editor's expertise and experience bringing the chapters together.

This new and updated volume includes at least 45% new material, plus five new chapters, including a section on techniques and methods. Additionally the new edition is in full color and features a large collection of photographs, line diagrams, and tables and includes examples of glacial environments and landscapes which are drawn from a worldwide perspective. Critical knowledge boxes and case studies are included, alerting readers to critical issues and ideas while also aiding their learning.


1. Introduction

Part I The Pre-Quaternary
2. Pre-Cambrian Glaciations & Chronology
3. Ordovician & Permo-Carboniferous Glaciations & Chronology

Part II The Quaternary
4. Quaternary Glaciations and Chronology

Part III Glacial processes
5. Subglacial Processes
6. Supraglacial Processes
7. Proglacial Processes
8. Glaciomarine Environments
9. Glacioaeolian Environments
10. Glaciolacustrine Environments
11. Glaciovolcanism
12. Glacial Stratigraphy and Lithofacies
13. Micromorphology and microtomography
14. Glaciohydrogeology
15. Glaciotectonics
16. GIS & the Glacial Environments
17. Periglacial Processes in Glacial Environments
18. Climate Change and Sea Level

Part IV Techniques & Methods
19. Palaeosols
20. Ice Sheet and Glacier Modelling
21. Geochronology
22. Geotechnical aspects of glacial sediments
23. Drift Prospecting in Glaciated terrains

Part V
24. Problems and Perspectives

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John Menzies is Professor of Earth Sciences & Geography at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He obtained a B.Sc. at the University of Aberdeen and a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He immigrated to Canada in 1977. His main areas of research and expertise lie in Glacial Geomorphology and Sedimentology with a special interest in the subglacial environment and in drumlins and microsedimentology in particular. He has established a microsedimentology lab at Brock and, over the past decades, has developed a major research interest in Glaciogenic Microsedimentology. He is the author of numerous scientific journal papers and of several books including Modern and Past Glacial Environments: A Revised Student Edition (2002). He continues to collaborate with fellow researchers, for example, in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Denmark, UK and the USA.

Professor Jaap JM van der Meer, MSc, PhD is Professor emeritus of Physical Geography at Queen Mary College, University of London. He obtained a BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of Amsterdam where he was a Senior Lecturer until 2000, when he moved to London. He retired in 2011.Glacial processes and resulting landforms and sediments were the focus of his research. On the general level he studied sediment transfer and (temporal) storage in the glacial system: from the ice divide to the shelf edge. More specifically, there are two clear elements in his studies: the first one is the study of glacial sediments especially in thin sections and the second one is the study of dynamic struc tures, e.g. push moraines or drumlins. His research is embedded in an international network, encompassing collaboration with colleagues from Western European, North and South American countries and Australia and New Zealand and fieldwork ranging from the Arctic to the Antarctic. He set up the Centre for Micromorphology University of London, internationally a unique research facility to study glacial sediments at all microscales.

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