Outrageous Waves

Global Warming & Coastal Change in Britain Through Two Thousand Years

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Author: Basil E. Cracknell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 302

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This ground-breaking book maps the impact of medieval sea level rise for the whole of Britain's coastline. Incredibly, although the disasters caused by medieval global warming and rising sea levels have been described as 'among the worst recorded in human history anywhere in the world', until now no attempt has been made to paint a complete picture of this vital element of the nation's history. The author reviews the physical and historical evidence for medieval global warming, then studies coastal change in 19 stretches of British coastline, from Berwick-on-Tweed to Carlisle and Scotland. Its many maps, charts and photographs vividly demonstrate the changes described by the narrative. The book ends by analysing the effects of medieval global warming on Britain's coastline, and some lessons are drawn for today's global warming. This book makes a seminal and unique contribution to the growing literature on global warming, whilst its focus on individual localities gives it appeal to anyone passionate about British local history. With Britain facing anew the trauma of sea level rise the publication of this book is indeed opportune

The Oxford Companion to Global Change

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Author: David Cuff,Andrew Goudie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195324889

Category: Science

Page: 684

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In recent years, global change has become increasingly important in technological, ecological and political spheres. This companion examines the environmental events of recent times, and investigates long-term trends as well as broader issues of global change.

The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology

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Author: Kenneth J Gregory,Andrew S Goudie

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446250105

Category: Science

Page: 648

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Geomorphology is the study of the Earth's diverse physical land-surface features and the dynamic processes that shape these features. Examining natural and anthropogenic processes, The SAGE Handbook of Geomorphology is a comprehensive exposition of the fundamentals of geomorphology that examines form, process, and applications of the discipline. Organized into five substantive sections, the Handbook is an overview of: • Foundations and Relevance: including the nature and scope of geomorphology; the origins and development of geomorphology; the role and character of theory in geomorphology; geomorphology and environmental management; and geomorphology and society • Techniques and Approaches: including observations and experiments; geomorphological mapping; the significance of models; process and form; dating surfaces and sediment; remote sensing in geomorphology; GIS in geomorphology; biogeomorphology; human activity • Process and Environment: including the evolution of regolith; weathering; fluids, flows and fluxes; sediment transport and deposition; hill slopes; riverine environments; glacial geomorphology; periglacial environments; coastal environments; aeolian environments; tropical environments; karst and karst processes • Environmental Change: including landscape evolution and tectonics; interpreting quaternary environments; environmental change; disturbance and responses to geomorphic systems • Conclusion: including challenges and perspectives; and a concluding review The Handbook has contributions from 48 international authors and was initially organized by the International Association of Geomorphologists. This will be a much-used and much-cited reference for researchers in Geomorphology, Physical Geography and the Environmental Sciences.

The Early Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of Southern Britain AD 450-650

Beneath the Tribal Hidage

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Author: Sue Harrington,Martin Welch

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1782976124

Category: History

Page: 240

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The Tribal Hidage, attributed to the 7th century, records the named groups and polities of early Anglo-Saxon England and the taxation tribute due from their lands and surpluses. Whilst providing some indication of relative wealth and its distribution, rather little can be deduced from the Hidage concerning the underlying economic and social realities of the communities documented. Sue Harrington and the late Martin Welch have adopted a new approach to these issues, based on archaeological information from 12,000 burials and 28,000 objects of the period AD 450_650. The nature, distribution and spatial relationships of settlement and burial evidence are examined over time against a background of the productive capabilities of the environment in which they are set, the availability of raw materials, evidence for metalworking and other industrial/craft activities, and communication and trade routes. This has enabled the identification of central areas of wealth that influenced places around them. Key within this period was the influence of the Franks who may have driven economic exploitation by building on the pre-existing Roman infrastructure of the south-east. Frankish material culture was as widespread as that of the Kentish people, whose wealth is evident in many well-furnished graves, but more nuanced approaches to wealth distribution are apparent further to the West, perhaps due to ongoing interaction with communities who maintained an essentially ïRomano-BritishÍ way of life.

The Oxford Companion to Global Change

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Author: David Cuff,Andrew Goudie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 684

View: 5192

In recent years, global change has become increasingly important in technological, ecological and political spheres. This companion examines the environmental events of recent times, and investigates long-term trends as well as broader issues of global change.