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Author McGuire, Bill, 1954-

Title A guide to the end of the world : everything you never wanted to know / Bill McGuire
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002


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 MELB  363.34 Mcg/Gtt  AVAILABLE
Description xix, 191 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
regular print
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1 A Very Short Introduction to the Earth 1 -- 2 Global Warming: A Lot of Hot Air? 33 -- 3 The Ice Age Cometh 65 -- 4 The Enemy Within: Super-Eruptions, Giant Tsunami, and the Coming Great Quake 93 -- 5 The Threat from Space: Asteroid and Comet Impacts 135
Summary The Earth is an extraordinarily fragile place, which is fraught with danger-a tiny rock hurtling through space, wracked by violent crustal movements and subject to dramatic climatic changes as the Earth's geophysical and orbital circumstances vary. Only 10,000 years after the end of the Ice Age, the planet is sweltering in some of the highest temperatures it has ever experienced. At the same time, overpopulation and exploitation are dramatically increasing the vulnerability of modern society to natural catastrophes such as earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. Few people can even begin to imagine what life will be like on Earth in a million or even a thousand years time. The real question may be, however, will there be any human life here at all? This book focuses on the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our race in the future and addresses both the probabilities of these events happening and our chances of survival. The breadth of the treatment extends from discussion of the likely consequences of the current global warming experiment to the inevitable destruction of the Earth in the far future, when it is enveloped by our giant, bloated sun. Other scenarios, including the new Ice Age, the asteroid and comet impact threat, supervolcanoes and their effects, and megatsunami, are also examined
Analysis Natural disasters
Climatic shifts
Overseas item
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 179) and index
Subject Natural disasters.
Natural disasters -- Popular works.
Environmental Pollution.
Greenhouse Effect.
Genre/Form Popular works
Popular works.
Popular works
Author McGuire, Bill, 1954-
LC no. 2002283522
ISBN 0192802976
Other Titles Brief guide to the end of the world