This beautiful, comprehensive, and up-to-date volume covers in amazing depth all aspects of the world's weather. Liberally illustrated with more than 2,000 color photographs, supplemental maps, diagrams, and other images, Encyclopedia of Weather takes the reader beyond simple definitions to explore where weather comes from, the roles played by oceans and water cycles, and explains such related phenomena as the shaping of landforms, the creation of biological provinces, and the lasting ramifications of climate change. The book also discusses how humans have survived and adapted in extreme climates like deserts, jungles, and icy regions. Eye-catching sidebars document the remarkable variability of weather and climate in different parts of the world.
Each of the book's six sections is written and vetted by a different expert. "Engine" discusses what weather is, the solar powerhouse that supplies it, and Earth's atmospheric systems and seasons. "Action" delves into the dynamics of various weather forms. "Extremes" covers blizzards, thunderstorms, heat waves, tornadoes, wildfires, and more. "Watching" tracks weather's lore and history, and how it is measured, mapped, monitored, and forecast. "Climates" delineates the continental climate zones and describes the plant, animal, and human adaptations for each. "Change" considers the history of climate change, ice ages, dinosaur extinction, melting glaciers, sea-level rise, the enhanced greenhouse effect, human impact, and what we can expect in the future.
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- Hans-f Graf, Juliane L. Fry, Richard Grotjahn, Marilyn Raphael