By Ian J. Fairchild
Speleothems (mineral deposits that shaped in caves) are at present giving us probably the most intriguing insights into environments and climates throughout the Pleistocene ice a long time and the following Holocene upward push of civilizations. The e-book applies approach technological know-how to Quaternary environments in a brand new and rigorous method and offers holistic causes the relatives among the houses of speleothems and the climatic and cave environment during which they're found. it truly is designed because the excellent spouse to an individual embarking on speleothem study and, because the underlying technology is especially extensive, it is going to even be priceless to a large choice of others. scholars scientists attracted to carbonate rocks, karst hydrogeology, climatology, aqueous geochemistry, carbonate geochemistry and the calibration of climatic proxies will locate updated experiences of those issues here. The ebook may also be necessary to Quaternary scientists who, prior to now, have lacked an intensive assessment of those very important data.
extra assets for this ebook are available at: www.wiley.com/go/fairchild/speleothem.Content:
Chapter 1 advent to Speleothems and platforms (pages 1–27):
Chapter 2 Carbonate and Karst Cave Geology (pages 28–72):
Chapter three floor Environments: weather, Soil and crops (pages 73–104):
Chapter four The Speleothem Incubator (pages 105–147):
Chapter five Inorganic Water Chemistry (pages 148–186):
Chapter 6 Biogeochemistry of Karstic Environments (pages 187–203):
Chapter 7 The structure of Speleothems (pages 205–244):
Chapter eight Geochemistry of Speleothems (pages 245–289):
Chapter nine relationship of Speleothems (pages 290–301):
Chapter 10 The Instrumental period: Calibration and Validation of Proxy?Environment Relationships (pages 303–323):
Chapter eleven The Holocene Epoch: checking out the weather and Environmental Proxies (pages 324–352):
Chapter 12 The Pleistocene and past (pages 353–367):
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Speleothem Science: From Process to Past Environments by Ian J. Fairchild