Earth Science

The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future - Updated Edition

    Preface by
  • Richard B. Alley


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In the 1990s Richard B. Alley and his colleagues made headlines with the discovery that the last ice age came to an abrupt end over a period of only three years. In The Two-Mile Time Machine, Alley tells the fascinating history of global climate changes as revealed by reading the annual rings of ice from cores drilled in Greenland. He explains that humans have experienced an unusually temperate climate compared to the wild fluctuations that characterized most of prehistory. He warns that our comfortable environment could come to an end in a matter of years and tells us what we need to know in order to understand and perhaps overcome climate changes in the future.

In a new preface, the author weighs in on whether our understanding of global climate change has altered in the years since the book was first published, what the latest research tells us, and what he is working on next.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the 2001 Book Award in Science, Phi Beta Kappa
  • One of Choices Outstanding Academic Titles for 2001