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By William James Burroughs

ISBN-10: 0521824095

ISBN-13: 9780521824095

How did humankind take care of the extraordinary demanding situations of the final Ice Age? How have the fairly benign post-Ice Age stipulations affected the evolution and unfold of humanity around the globe? by way of atmosphere our genetic historical past within the context of weather switch in the course of prehistory, the foundation of many positive aspects of our glossy international are pointed out and awarded during this illuminating publication. It studies the elements of our body structure and highbrow improvement which were prompted by means of climatic elements, and the way positive factors of our lives - vitamin, language and the domestication of animals - also are the made of the weather during which we developed. briefly: weather switch in prehistory has in lots of methods made us what we're this present day. weather switch in Prehistory weaves jointly experiences of the weather with anthropological, archaeological and ancient experiences, and may fascinate all these drawn to the consequences of weather on human improvement and background.

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2. The combination of increasing climate variability and climate change can be presented by considering a set of temperature observations similar to those in Fig. 1 which show (a) climate variability doubling over the period of the record without any underlying change in the climate; (b) the combination of the same increasing climate variability with a linear decline in temperature of 10 8C over the period of the observations; and (c) one level of climate variability before a sudden drop in temperature of 10 8C, which then doubles after the drop while the average temperature remains constant before and after the shift.

In this record we see examples of three forms of climate change identified in Fig. 1: sudden changes in the form of rapid rises in temperature, long slow periods of cooling and an overall periodic fluctuation in the climate of the interglacial periods occurring every 100 kyr. Superimposed on this broad pattern are shorter-term periodicities that occur about every 20 kyr. The records in the northern hemisphere obtained from both ocean sediment and ice-core data for the period covering the last glacial provide a more detailed picture.

These events occur during stadials, and represent the brief expression of the most extreme glacial conditions. They show up in the Greenland ice cores as a further 3 to 6 8C drop in temperature from the already cold glacial climate, and these events coincide with particularly cold and arid intervals in European and North American pollen records. There is also evidence further afield of these events exerting a global influence on the climate, although the greatest impact was felt around the North Atlantic and in midlatitudes oceanic surface productivity dropped precipitously.

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