Although the last Ice Age ended about ten thousand years ago, its effects are still influencing human activities today - for example: coastal engineering, siting of nuclear waste depositories, intraplate earthquake mitigation, inaccuracy of a global positioning due to changes in the Geodetic Reference Frame, etc.
The recognition of Ice Ages and glacial isostasy led to the first scientific revolution in earth science. During the last few decades, studies of the Dynamics of the Ice Age Earth have brought together various disciplines - including geomorphology, geodynamics, rock and ice rheology, geodesy, glaciology, oceanography, climatology, astronomy, engineering and archeology.Recent interest in the subject has surged forward due to new advances in space-age geodetic techniques and new developments in modeling methods.
The purpose of this volume is to bring the reader up to date on the latest developments and to foster contributions, from various branches of science, to the understanding of Ice Age Geodynamics. This volume contains 31 chapters. The topics covered are: Historical Overview, Basic Theory and Modeling Methods, Forward and Inverse Modeling, Ice Dynamics, Glaciation and Ice Sheet Reconstruction, Earth Rheology, Sea Level Observations and Modeling, Global Change, Earth's Rotation, Ancient Eclipse Records, Geodetic Techniques, Lateral Heterogeneity in Earth Structure, Stresses and Intraplate Earthquakes.