Waking the Giant by Bill McGuire
How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Volcanoes

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Twenty thousand years ago our planet was an icehouse. Temperatures were down six degrees; ice sheets kilometres thick buried much of Europe and North America and sea levels were 130m lower. The following 15 millennia saw an astonishing transformation as our planet metamorphosed into the temperate world upon which our civilisation has grown and thrived. One of the most dynamic periods in Earth history saw rocketing temperatures melt the great ice sheets like butter on a hot summer's
day; feeding torrents of freshwater into ocean basins that rapidly filled to present levels. The removal of the enormous weight of ice at high latitudes caused the crust to bounce back triggering earthquakes in Europe and North America and provoking an unprecedented volcanic outburst in Iceland. A
giant submarine landslide off the coast of Norway sent a tsunami crashing onto the Scottish coast while around the margins of the continents the massive load exerted on the crust by soaring sea levels encouraged a widespread seismic and volcanic rejoinder.

In many ways, this post-glacial world mirrors that projected to arise as a consequence of unmitigated climate change driven by human activities. Already there are signs that the effects of climbing global temperatures are causing the sleeping giant to stir once again. Could it be that we are on track to bequeath to our children and their children not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically fractious one?

About Bill McGuire

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Bill McGuire is Benfield Professor of Geophysical Hazards at University College London, Director of the University's Benfield Hazard Research Centre, and a member of the Natural Hazard Working Group, established by the UK government in the wake of the Asian tsunami disaster. A volcanologist by training and inclination, he has published over three hundred papers, books and articles on volcanoes and other natural hazards. Bill regularly contributes to newspapers, television and radio, and his popular science books include Volcanoes of the World, Apocalypse: A Natural History of Global Disasters, Raging Planet: The Tectonic Threat to Life on Earth, and Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet.
Published February 23, 2012 by OUP Oxford. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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McGuire (Seven Years to Save the Planet), a professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, has written a dry but enthralling overview of how climate affects the geophysical

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