After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America

After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America

The fascinating story of how a harsh terrain that resembled modern Antarctica has been transformed gradually into the forests, grasslands, and wetlands we know today. "One of the best scientific books published in the last ten years."?Ottowa Journal "A valuable new synthesis of facts and ideas about climate, geography, and life during the past 20,000 years. More important, t The fascinating story of how a harsh terrain that resembled modern Antarctica has been transformed gradually in...

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Title:After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
Author:E.C. Pielou
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Genres:Science
ISBN:After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:376 pages pages

After the Ice Age: The Return of Life to Glaciated North America Reviews

  • Michael Holm
    Nov 12, 2014
    This is very interesting reading if you wonder what North America was like when the native Americans first arrived from Mongolia and Beringia. Available evidence is carefully discussed and well presented. It is well-written, well-organized, not very technical and thus accessible for th...
  • Sheila
    Mar 03, 2009
    More of a textbook, very dry and clinical in parts, but containing a lot of very interesting information. ...
  • Joe
    Feb 12, 2008
    I fell in love with this book from the first page. Essentially, Pielou takes us through 20,000 years of ecological history, showing what the world would have looked like in the wake of the retreating ice sheets of the last great ice age. This was one of those books that I had to stop r...
  • Deb Vanasse
    Sep 04, 2013
    I picked this up at a bookstore in the Yukon. I don't read a lot of science/natural history, but I was fascinated by the idea of learning more about the ancient roots of the flora and fauna around me, here at the edge of Beringia. Though somewhat dated, Pielou's treatment makes the top...
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    Jun 15, 2013
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  • John Senner
    Nov 21, 2010
    Pielou is not the best of science writers. Tends to plot through details that only a boreal botonist could love. But things I learned: that maximum tempuratures in the recovery from the most recent ice age were hit about 4 thousand years ago. We have been cooling since then. Last chapt...
  • Michael
    Aug 03, 2011
    Still reading it...find it thoughful and well written. ...
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    Jan 23, 2012
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  • David Myers
    Jan 09, 2016
    Not a fast read. This book is chock full of info that (for me at least) broadens the view of what the ice ages were, their causes and the the slow transformation to the the world we know. Worth the read for anyone interested in paleoecology. ...
  • Caw Miller
    May 19, 2013
    This scientific book shows how life in North America appeared at the climax of the last ice advance, then how life returned as the glaciers retreated. Fascinating details of fossils, especially pollen, allows for the creation of prehistoric habitats. Information like the speed in which...
  • Christopher
    Oct 10, 2014
    I may have humped ahead a bit in my layman's interest in topics like this for this is extremely technical. This does mean, however, that it is chock full of information, drawings, maps, and everything else as well though. ...
  • Chrisl
    Sep 16, 2012
    A world building book. Pielou's world is vast, complex, and filled with, sometimes surprising, concepts and images. One of those books to read in segments of time, between other reading materials. Quotes later .... ** Here be table of contents: "Part One - Preliminaries" Chapte...
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  • Last Ranger
    Dec 26, 2012
    After the Ice Age E. C. Pielou There's a chill in the air! For thousands of years huge glaciers covered a good portion of North America. What was the land like during that time? The climate? The life? What kinds of changes occurred when the ice sheets started to withdraw? Pielo...
  • James Warriner
    Nov 25, 2013
    This is an excellent summary of the final millenia and resulting changes caused by the latest (Wisconsinian) glaciation of North America. The author's primary expertise is in botany/ecology and the book reflects that. However, his descriptions of the physical and temporal and geomorphi...
  • John Branney
    Aug 17, 2013
    This is an excellent book if a person is interested in the flora and fauna of ten to twenty thousand years ago in North America. It is not a book that most people can read from front cover to back cover, it is much too technical with no real plot. It is just an excellent research resou...
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