By Doug Macdougall
During this engrossing and available booklet, Doug Macdougall explores the motives and results of ice a long time that experience gripped our planet all through its heritage, from the earliest recognized glaciation—nearly 3 billion years ago—to the current. Following the improvement of clinical principles approximately those dramatic occasions, Macdougall strains the lives of some of the awesome and exciting characters who've contributed to the evolving realizing of ways ice a while happen. because it explains how the nice Pleistocene Ice Age has formed the earth's panorama and encouraged the process human evolution, Frozen Earth additionally offers a desirable examine how technological know-how is finished, how the thrill of discovery drives scientists to discover and examine, and the way timing and likelihood play an element within the attractiveness of recent medical ideas.
Macdougall describes the amazing energy of cataclysmic floods that marked the melting of the glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age. He probes the chilling facts for "Snowball Earth," an episode a long way again within the earth's earlier which could have obvious our planet encased in ice from pole to pole. He discusses the collecting proof from deep-sea sediment cores, in addition to ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic, that implies fast-changing ice age climates can have without delay impacted the evolution of our species and the process human migration and civilization. Frozen Earth additionally chronicles how the idea that of the ice age has gripped the mind's eye of scientists for nearly centuries. It deals an soaking up attention of ways present reviews of Pleistocene weather may also help us comprehend earth's destiny weather adjustments, together with the query of while the following glacial period will ensue.
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They have nothing left. Some of them were naked after the storm. ” One evening a friend took me to meet Chit Swe, who had just returned from traveling with a group of fellow businessmen to the southern stretches of the delta. Even before the storm, the lower regions of the delta were accessible only by boat, as no road network had ever been built there. Hardly any news had been heard from those areas, and it was believed that villages there must have taken the brunt of the storm. The businessmen had companies in the delta—fishing operations and rice-trading firms—and they had left the city soon after the storm, heading out to the villages in a large boat loaded with rice, drinking water, and tarpaulin sheets that could be used for shelter.
Food 3. Shelter 4. Sanitation 5. Medicine and medical treatment It sounded quite simple, but it was critical knowledge for first-time aid workers volunteering in extreme circumstances and it illustrated just how inexperienced they were in dealing with an emergency situation. I jotted it all down, just in case:• If there is no clean drinking water, carry purifying tablets or, in a worst-case scenario, use drops of iodine (five drops per quart). • People will also need something to hold the water—make sure to have a good supply of jerricans.