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Editors: Max I. Krugger and Harry P. Stern
Book Description:
In geology, permafrost or permafrost soil is soil at or below the freezing point of water (0 °C or 32 °F) for two or more years. Ice is not always present, as may be in the case of nonporous bedrock, but it frequently occurs and it may be in amounts exceeding the potential hydraulic saturation of the ground material. Most permafrost is located in high latitudes (i.e. land in close proximity to the North and South poles), but alpine permafrost may exist at high altitudes in much lower latitudes. The extent of permafrost can vary as the climate changes. Today, approximately 20% of the Earth's land mass is covered by permafrost (including discontinuous permafrost) or glacial ice. A glacier is a large, slow-moving mass of ice, formed from compacted layers of snow, that slowly deforms and flows in response to gravity and high pressure. The word glacier comes from French via the Vulgar Latin glacia, and ultimately from Latin glacies meaning ice.

Glacier ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth, and second only to oceans as the largest reservoir of total water. Glaciers cover vast areas of polar regions, are found in mountain ranges of every continent, and are restricted to the highest mountains in the tropics. The processes and landforms caused by glaciers and related to them are referred to as glacial. The process of glacier growth and establishment is called glaciation. Glaciers are sensitive monitors of climate conditions and are crucial to both world water resources and sea level variation.

This new book presents the latest research on both permafrost and glaciers.

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Table of Contents:
Preface

Permafrost

Geotechnical Consideration and Technical Solutions for Infrastructure in Mountain Permafrost;pp. 3-50
(Lukas U. Arenson, BGC Engineering Inc.,Vancouver, BC, Canada, Marcia Phillips, WSL Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland, Sarah M. Springman, Institute for Geotechnical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland)

Permafrost Modeling in Weather Forecasts and Climate Projections;pp. 51-88
(Nicole Molders and Gerhard Kramm, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, AK, , Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks, AK)

Multidrug Resistant Bacteria in Permafrost: Isolation, Biodiversity, Phenotypic and Geotypic Analysis;pp. 89-105
(Sofia Mindlin, Mayya Petrova, Zhosefine Gorlenko, Inst. of Molecular Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, Vera Soina, Dept. of Soil Biology, Moscow State Univ., Moscow, Russia, Natalia Khachikian, Inst. of Molecular Genetics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, Ekaterina Karaevskaya, Dept. of Soil Biology, Moscow State Univ., Moscow, Russia)


Similarities Between the Recent Permafrost in North-western Canada and the Pleistocene relict cryogenic forms in Central Europe (Hungary);pp. 107-129
(Akos Szabolcs Fabian, Janos Kovacs, Inst. of Geography, Univ. of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary, Charles Tarnocai, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Branch, Ontario, Cananda, Gabor Varga, Inst. of Geography, Univ. of Pecs, Pecs, Hungary)

Periglacial Landforms and Processes on Disko Island, Greenla;pp. 131-145
(Jacob C. Yde, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Ceter for Geomicrobiology, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark)

Mountain Permafrost Degradation in the Nepal Himalayas and the Russia Altai Mountains;pp. 147-160
(Kotaro Fukui, Yoshiyuki Fujii, National Inst. of Polar Reasear, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo)

Glaciers

The Former Glaciation of High-(Tibet) and Central Asia and it's Global Climatic Impact-An Ice Age Theory with a Remark on Potential Warmer Climatic Cycles in the Future;pp. 163-235
(Matthias Kuhle, Geography and High Mountain Geomorphology; Geographisches Inst. der Univ. Gottingen, Germany)

Fungi in High Arctic Glaciers;pp. 237-264
(Lorena Butinar, Univ. of Nova Gorica, Laboratory for Environmental Research. Nova Gorica, Slovenia, Silva Sonjak, Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Univ. of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Dept. of Biology, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

The Expansion of Supraglaciel LAkes in the Himalayas: It's History and Mechanisms;pp. 265-282
(Kazuhisa A. Chikita, Dept. of Natural History Sciences, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo, Japan)


Surge-Type Glaciers on Disko Island, Greenland;pp. 283-297
(Jacob C. Yde, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Ny Munkegade, Univ. of Aarhus, Aarhus C, Denmark, Center for Geomicrobiology, Dept. of Biological Science, N. Tvis Knudsen, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Ny Munkegade, Univ. of Aarhus, Aarhus C, Denmark)

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   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009 2nd Quarter
   Pages: 312 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-616-1
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