This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.  



The Pleistocene epoch is the period of geologic time from approximately 1.8 million years ago to 10,000 years ago. The Pleistocene is most noted for the tremendous shifts in climate as a result of periodic glacial (cold) and interglacial (warm) conditions. Of primary interest to environmental science is the latest Pleistocene, which is from 20,000 years before present to the beginning of the Holocene at 10,000 years ago. The latest Pleistocene is of interest because that was a time when the great melting of the Pleistocene ice sheets occurred and sea level rose rapidly. Near the end of the Pleistocene, about 11,000 years before present, a minor cooler period known as the Younger Dryas occurred and this was followed by rapid warming into the ...

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