Dynamics of the Ice Age Earth: A Modern Perspec- Quaternary Climates, Environments and Magnetism tive (Patrick Wu, Ed., 1998, 637 pp., $130.00, paper- (B. Maher and R. Thompson, Eds., 1999, 190 pp., bound, Trans Tech Publications, ISBN 0-87849-810-9). $115.00, hardbound, Cambridge University Press, There has been increasing attention paid to the glacial ISBN 0-521-62417-7). During the past two million epochs of the past, and modern technology is improv- years (the Quaternary period) there have been major ing our knowledge of the associated physical processes climatic changes associated with growth and decay of that have affected climate, sea level, and polar wan- ice sheets. Examination of the properties of magnetic dering. This book contains 31 invited papers, separated grains in sediments, soils, and organisms has contrib- into nine sections that cover such topics as earth de- uted to the understanding of the climate changes, and this formation, dynamics of ice sheets, earth rheology, sea book contains 10 contributed chapters that describe level, earth rotation, glacial isostacy, and post glacial recent developments in this field. The book is aimed at rebound. The book assumes a knowledge of geology research scientists in physical geology and paleoclima- and glaciology and is written for graduate students and tology, as well as environmental science, and can pro- researchers. vide supplementary text material for graduate students. • NRL Devises Automated Weather Station Ocean scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a self-sustained weather-sensing and transmission station, named PAWS for Polar Automated Weather Station. The first experimental PAWS is being prepared to begin a one-year operational test at Umiat, Alaska. During the PAWS test period, the station might also provide valuable operational weather information to an aircraft associated with the construction of the Trans-Alaska Oil pipeline, the Naval Research Laboratory (NARL), and Naval Petroleum Reserve #4 oil exploration groups. NRL developed PAWS to provide the Navy with a weather monitor of high reliability and minimum maintenance requirements for deployment in remote locations such as the open ocean and polar regions. The PAWS is powered by a radio isotope power generator (RPG) and can communicate on two frequencies in the HF band. An automated central sta- tion located at NARL, Barrow, Alaska, will be used to interrogate and monitor the polar station. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 56, 499. Vol. 8 7, No. 4, April 2000
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