This is the classic textbook for all students of glaciation. Stimulating and accessible, it has established a reputation as a comprehensive and essential resource.
In this new edition, the text, references and illustrations have been thoroughly updated to give today's reader an up-to-date overview of the nature, origin and behaviour of glaciers and the geological and geomorphological evidence for their past history on earth.
Preface to 2nd edition
Part I Glaciers
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Snow, ice and climate
Chapter 3 Glacier hydrology
Chapter 4 Processes of glacier motion
Chapter 5 Glacier dynamics
Chapter 6 The Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets
Chapter 7 Glaciers and sea-level change
Part II Glaciation
Chapter 8 Erosional processes, forms and landscapes
Chapter 9 Debris entrainment and transport
Chapter 10 Glacigenic sediments and depositional processes
Chapter 11 Sediment-landform associations
Chapter 12 Landsystems and palaeoglaciology
Appendix 1 List of symbols used in equations
Douglas I. Benn is currently Professor of Glaciology at the University Centre in Svalbard, and has a part-time position at the University of St Andrews. His PhD was on the Younger Dryas glaciation of the Isle of Skye, Scotland (St Andrews, 1990), and he has subsequently conducted research into glacial geomorphology and sedimentology in Scandinavia, South and North America, and the Himalaya. More recently, his research has focused mainly on glaciological processes, including the mass balance of debris-covered glaciers, calving, glacier surges, and direct exploration of englacial and subglacial drainage systems David J.A. Evans is a glacial geomorphologist and Quaternary scientist who gained a Geography BA at the University of Wales (Lampeter) in 1982, an MSc at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada in 1984 and a PhD at the University of Alberta, Canada in 1988. He has undertaken research on glaciers and glaciation in Arctic Canada, Iceland, Norway, the Canadian prairies, Svalbard, South Georgia, New Zealand, Labrador, the Himalayas, Ireland and Britain. After 14 years at the University of Glasgow he exchanged his drumlinized surroundings at Loch Lomond for the meltwater channels of upper Teesdale in the Pennines of northern England and is presently a Reader in Geography at the University of Durham.
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