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The Resource Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment, William W. Hay

Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment, William W. Hay

Label
Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment
Title
Experimenting on a small planet
Title remainder
a scholarly entertainment
Statement of responsibility
William W. Hay
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book is a thorough introduction to climate science and global change. The author is a geologist who has spent much of his life investigating the climate of Earth from a time when it was warm and dinosaurs roamed the land, to today's changing climate. Bill Hay takes you on a journey to understand how the climate system works. He explores how humans are unintentionally conducting a grand uncontrolled experiment which is leading to unanticipated changes. We follow the twisting path of seemingly unrelated discoveries in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and even mathematics to learn how they led to our present knowledge of how our planet works. He explains why the weather is becoming increasingly chaotic as our planet warms at a rate far faster than at any time in its geologic past. He speculates on possible future outcomes, and suggests that nature itself may make some unexpected course corrections. Although the book is written for the layman with little knowledge of science or mathematics, it includes information from many diverse fields to provide even those actively working in the field of climatology with a broader view of this developing drama.-- Book cover
Cataloging source
IXA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1934-
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Hay, William W.
Dewey number
551.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • charts
Index
index present
LC call number
QC981
LC item number
.H36 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Climatology
  • Climatic changes
  • Earth sciences
Label
Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment, William W. Hay
Link
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28560-8
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The language of science -- Geologic time -- Putting numbers on geologic ages -- Documenting past climate change -- The nature of energy received from the sun : the analogies with water waves and sound -- The nature of energy received from the sun : figuring out what light really is -- Exploring the electromagnetic spectrum -- The origins of climate science : the idea of energy balance -- The climate system -- What's at the bottom of Alice's rabbit hole -- Energy from the sun : long-term variations -- Solar variability and cosmic rays -- Albedo -- Air -- HOH : the keystone of earth's climate -- The atmosphere -- Oxygen and ozone : products and protectors of life -- Water vapor : the major greenhouse gas -- Carbon dioxide -- Other greenhouse gases -- The circulation of earth's atmosphere and ocean -- The biological interactions -- Sea level -- Global climate change : the (geologically) immediate past -- Is there an analog for the future climate? -- The instrumental temperature record -- The future
Control code
ocn828869598
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxix, 983 pages
Isbn
9783642285592
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012950325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, graphs, tables
System control number
(Sirsi) 1711099
Label
Experimenting on a small planet : a scholarly entertainment, William W. Hay
Link
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-28560-8
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The language of science -- Geologic time -- Putting numbers on geologic ages -- Documenting past climate change -- The nature of energy received from the sun : the analogies with water waves and sound -- The nature of energy received from the sun : figuring out what light really is -- Exploring the electromagnetic spectrum -- The origins of climate science : the idea of energy balance -- The climate system -- What's at the bottom of Alice's rabbit hole -- Energy from the sun : long-term variations -- Solar variability and cosmic rays -- Albedo -- Air -- HOH : the keystone of earth's climate -- The atmosphere -- Oxygen and ozone : products and protectors of life -- Water vapor : the major greenhouse gas -- Carbon dioxide -- Other greenhouse gases -- The circulation of earth's atmosphere and ocean -- The biological interactions -- Sea level -- Global climate change : the (geologically) immediate past -- Is there an analog for the future climate? -- The instrumental temperature record -- The future
Control code
ocn828869598
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxix, 983 pages
Isbn
9783642285592
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012950325
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, graphs, tables
System control number
(Sirsi) 1711099

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