This readable and technically accurate translation of the standard Russian work on geocryology makes available for the first time in English a wide ranging and up-to-date review of permafrost science, unique in presenting the Russian viewpoint. It is a revealing account, demonstrating how the field developed in the former USSR (largely in isolation from related studies elsewhere) and illustrating its importance for current economic activities in the cold regions. It provides a fascinating insight into the extent of Russian scientific involvement and input. The fundamental physics of frozen ground, geotechnical procedures for construction problems, distribution of permafrost in terms of geological history and planetary geocryology are all considered.
Reprint of the 1998 edition.
' ... a full and detailed account of the Earth's frozen ground.' Bryn Hubbard, Geological Magazine 'General Geocryology deserves praise from periglacial scientists and engineers because it makes an unique and authoritative contribution in the English language to our understanding of frozen-ground phenomena.' Julian Murton, Quaternary Science Reviews
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