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Ice Ages and Astronomical Causes: Data, spectral analysis and mechanisms (Springer Praxis Books) 1st Edition. Edition
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As an example, how many articles on global warming have you read that point out that in the past 2500 years, it has been warmer than it is today -- not once, but six times! Our present warming is actually a rebound from the Little Ice Age that gripped the earth starting in 1200 and lasting to 1900. Today we still have not reached the warm temperatures during the days when the Greeks and Romans flourished. (See Fig. 1.2 of Chapter 1 in this book)
Even more jolting is the graph (Fig. 1.3) that shows the length of the current warm period the earth is experiencing -- called an interglacial. We have been warm for 10,000 years. But if you go back another 2000 years, the temperature was 10 to 15 F degrees colder than it is today. To find a period comparable to the present day, you must go back 100,000 years. Or, 200,000 years, or 300,000 years, or 400,000 years, or half a million years! And all but one (500,000 years ago) of these warm periods were significantly shorter than the 10,000 years of warmth the earth is currently experiencing.
Muller's main goal is to try to establish whether astronomical causes are the basis for the variation in the earth's temperature, and specifically, what features of the earth's orbit through space are involved.Read more ›
1. The book was free of jargon - for the most part - and what was there was necessary for understanding the argument
2. The mathematical preliminaries had been kept to a minimum (Calculus, Elementary Differential Equations, Fourier analysis, and Elementary statistics).
3. The main threads of the arguments were very clearly stated and careful attention was paid to the methodological issues of data analysis of pale-climate data.
4. The book carefully stipulated its data sources (and types) for the paleo-climate, the locations at which they were gathered, their reliability as proxies for various features of the paleo-climate, their time span and their overall validity.
5. I especially enjoyed learning about these records and how they had been used to analyze the paeo-climate. That is because, over the years, I had watched multiple documentaries that showed how they had been collected but had never seen the how they had been used and analyzed before.
6. Lastly, the book is very well written and quite accessible to people with technical maturity in Physics, Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, and Engineering.
The main thesis of the book is that the occurrence of the ice ages is a feature of climate of Earth that is forced (driven) by astronomical causes.Read more ›