Weather's Greatest Mysteries Solved!
On Sale: June 23, 2009
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Why did T-Rex become extinct? Why did the Mayan civilization
disappear: If the ancient Israelis did indeed cross the Red
Sea, as reported in the Bible, what weather phenomena might
have produced the parting of the waters? Why was nearly all
human life swept away 73,000 years ago? And what factors
created the Great American Dust bowl of the 1930s? The
extraordinary people who are interested in asking - and
answering - such questions are known as climatologists. In a
lively narrative full of intriguing facts, award-winning,
internationally known climatologist Randy Cerveny takes the
reader on a fascinating tour of some of the world's most
perplexing and provocative climate mysteries, past and
present. Cerveny explains the science of climate study -
from digging ice cores in Antarctica to counting tree rings
in Arizona - and the various specialists whose ingenious
techniques help to sort out climate's intricate components.
He also delves into the human impact of weather through
fictional introductions to each chapter that depict how
climate change might have affected a typical inhabitant of
the ancient Sahara or Indus Valley, a peasant during
Europe's 'Little Ice Age', or an aviation expert probing a
deadly jet crash in New York City. Finally, he discusses
research that attempts to forecast the weather of the next
10,000 years - essential information for planning the
nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. For
readers of "An Inconvenient Truth", devotees of the Weather
Channel, history buffs, popular science fans, or anyone who
wonders what makes our weather tick - and how it will impact
our future, this engaging book offers much to ponder and to
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