Earth Sciences Series. Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers
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Glacier ice is presently covering about 10% of the total land area. For its immenseness and ecological value, it attracts a wide range of people, irrespective of the nature and mode of their inquisition. It exists at almost all latitudes, from the tropics to the poles, and contains more than 75% of the earth's fresh water. The dynamics of this frozen mass is very complex, and its understanding is very important, considering the fact that it provides the key indicators of climate change.
This encyclopedia covers various aspects of snow, ice and glaciers, and provides an up-to-date information and basic concepts on relevant topics. It includes alphabetically arranged and professionally written, comprehensive and authoritative academic entries by well-known international experts in individual fields. The encyclopedia contains a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the atmospheric processes responsible for snow formation; transformation of snow to ice and changes in their properties; classification of ice and glaciers and their worldwide distribution; glaciation and ice ages; glacier dynamics; glacier surface and subsurface characteristics; geomorphic processes and landscape formation; hydrology and sedimentary systems; permafrost degradation; hazards caused by cryospheric changes; and trends of glacier retreat on the global scale along with the impact of climate change.
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