Climate Change in Prehistory: The End of the Reign of Chaos by William James Burroughs

By William James Burroughs

This publication is punctiliously written with all the right citations common of an instructional textual content. i discovered the writer to be simple approximately what he understands and the way he is aware it. additionally, Burroughs isn't afraid to inform you whilst he's speculating instead of interpretations in line with medical evidence. in spite of everything the e-book is a brilliant learn. i like to recommend it to a person drawn to the weather that early homo sapiens developed in.

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The various warmer periods during the OIS3 period (59 to 28 kya) are broadly reflected in the land-based data. 2 But the fact that this period includes 15 DO events, which are not easily shoehorned into five interstadials, is a measure of the challenges thrown up by the ice-core data. In spite of the fact that reconciling the details of the various records will take a lot more research, the land-based data are central to our understanding of conditions across Eurasia during the ice age. For instance, during the Hengelo interstadial, between 38 and 36 kya, the climate across the northern Europe improved to the extent that deciduous forests spread into southern France and the Hungarian plain, while open coniferous forest grew as far north as the 50th parallel from Brittany to southern Russia.

7 THE INTERACTION BETWEEN HISTORY AND CLIMATE CHANGE Any discussion of how our growing knowledge of past climate change can influence our thinking about human prehistory must first consider what we mean by history. To most of us history is a matter of establishing what happened in the past. In practice, a great deal of historical analysis is more about how societies use knowledge of the past to inform thinking about current events. This transposition is potentially crucial to any discussion of prehistory and climate change.

The important shifts in our picture of the LGM also relate to the tropics. 5 and 3 8C. More important, at higher altitudes the cooling may have been about 6 8C. This shift would have resulted in a weaker tropical hydrological cycle, which is consistent with the evidence of desiccation in many parts of the tropics. For the rest, both the seasonal and the regional variations around the world are best considered in the context of life in the ice age in the next chapter. 3 Mix, Bard and Schneider (2001) present a review of the work of EPILOG (Environmental processes of the ice age: land, oceans and glaciers), which was set up in 1999 to update the analysis of CLIMAP.

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