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Quaternary Environments

Quaternary Environments



  • Martin Williams
  • David Dunkerley
  • Patrick De Decker
  • Pater Kershaw
  • John Chappell


  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: A Hodder Arnold Publication; 2 edition (September 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340691514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340691519
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds


Book Description

The second edition of this authoritative introduction to the global environmental fluctuations of the Quaternary period has been thoroughly revised and updated, and now includes two new chapters: one on Quaternary soils and sediments, and one on the Milankovitch theory and its implications for Quaternary climatic oscillations. The book draws on examples from every continent, including Antarctica, and features a superb range of maps and illustrations. The time span covered includes relevant events during the Tertiary which set the stage for the Quaternary glaciations and associated changes in climate, vegetation, and prehistoric human development. Focusing on the interactions between geological, biological and hydrological processes, the book explores the effects of accelerating human impact on the environment and considers how far evidence from the Quaternary may be useful in predicting future environmental change.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons

A stimulating and authoritative exposition on the interactions between geological, biological and hydrological processes that have given rise to the present-day distribution of geomorphic, biogeographic and climatic regions throughout the world. Analyzes important evidence used in reconstructing Quaternary environments; examines the global environmental fluctuations of the period; and considers the response of living organisms–including prehistoric human societies–to past environmental change. Features examples drawn from every continent. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Martin Williams is at University of Adelaide. David Dunkerley and Peter Kershaw are both at Monash University. Patrick de Deckker and John Chappell are both at Australian National University. 



quaternary, March 14, 2006

this book that concerns with quaternary environments, is one of the best reviewed one. However, if it is comperated with "reconstructing quaternary environments" by walker and lowe, it is lack of some metods relating palaeogeographical reconstructing.