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The Frozen Earth Fundamentals of Geocryology

By: Peter J Williams(Author), Michael W Smith(Author)
306 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
The Frozen Earth
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  • The Frozen Earth ISBN: 9780521424233 Paperback Jul 1991 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
Price: £46.99
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The Frozen Earth describes the effects of cold climates on the surface of the earth. Using scientific principles, the authors describe the evolution of ground thermal conditions and the origin of natural features such as frost heave, solifluction, slope instabilities, patterned ground, pingos and ice wedges. The thermodynamic conditions accompanying the freezing of water in porous materials are examined and their fundamental role in the ice segregation and frost heave processes is demonstrated in a clear and simple manner. The Frozen Earth concentrates on the analysis of the causes and effects of frozen ground phenomena, rather than on the description of the natural features characteristic of freezing or thawing ground. Its scientific approach provides a basis for geotechnical analyses such as those essential to resource development.



1. Periglacial Conditions
2. Morphology of Permafrost and Seasonally Frozen Ground
3. Climate and Frozen Ground
4. The Ground Thermal Regime
5. The Forms of the Ground Surface 1: Slopes and Subsidences
6. The Forms of the Ground Surface 2: Structures and Microtopography of Level Ground
7. Thermodynamic Behaviour of Frozen Soils
8. Hydrology of Frozen Ground
9. The Mechanics of Frozen Ground
10. Geocryology Past and Future


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By: Peter J Williams(Author), Michael W Smith(Author)
306 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
Media reviews

"The Frozen Earth [...] fills a considerable gap in the literature and will be of importance to both academic and applied workers in the periglacial zone. It is the most significant contribution in this field for a number of years."
Polar Record

"[...] an excellent state-of-the-art review of our current knowledge and understanding of the processes controlling ground freezing and thawing and the behaviour of frozen ground."

"[...] the book has successfully brought together a wide body of information from several different but related fields of endeavour, to produce a good overview of the fundamentals of geocryology."
Canadian Geotechnical Journal

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