Antarctic Meteorology and Climatology by J. C. King

By J. C. King

This booklet is a finished survey of the climatology and meteorology of Antarctica. the 1st part of the booklet reports the tools during which we will discover the Antarctic surroundings and provides a synthesis of climatological measurements. within the moment part, the authors ponder the strategies that continue the saw weather, from large-scale atmospheric circulate to small-scale strategies. the ultimate part studies our present wisdom of the variety of Antarctic weather and the potential results of "greenhouse" warming. The authors tension hyperlinks one of the Antarctic surroundings, different parts of the Antarctic weather approach (oceans, sea ice and ice sheets), and the worldwide weather method. This quantity should be of maximum curiosity to meteorologists and climatologists with a really good curiosity in Antarctica, however it also will entice researchers in Antarctic glaciology, oceanography and biology. Graduates and undergraduates learning actual geography, and the earth, atmospheric and environmental sciences will locate a lot important history fabric within the publication.

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We, therefore, do not know whether sedimentation started immediately after the volcanic Ventersdorp event, or perhaps some 100 million years later. By approximately 2 650 Ma ago, however, it appears that much of the Kaapvaal continent, from today's Northern Cape region to Limpopo Province and eastward to Mpumalanga, was relatively flat. This land surface was drowned as the sea encroached and, ultimately, was covered by a thin, but very extensive, sand and mud sequence now known as the Black Reef Formation.

195, page 269; Fig. 197, page 271) so special is that, in addition to the large quartz pebbles which may be several centimetres in size, they contain minute grains of gold on such a scale that an estimated 45 % of all the gold ever found on Earth lies in them. In addition to the gold, they contain large quantities of the iron mineral pyrite (also known as 'fool's gold'; composition: FeS2) and an uranium-bearing mineral called uraninite (composition: UO2 to UO5). The significance of both these minerals is that they react readily with oxygen, becoming weathered, and, hence, are not commonly preserved in modern sediments.

36 O V The rocks in the Vredefort Dome (Fig. 86, page 131) show many aspects of the early history of the Kaapvaal craton. Metamorphosed komatiitic lavas, locally still showing pillow structures (Fig. 5 billion years, are preserved in the southeast of the dome, in an area near the Greenlands railway siding, east of the town of Koppies in Free State Province. Elsewhere in the dome, old greenstone material has survived only as scattered remnants of metamorphosed sedimentary rocks and metamorphosed lavas in the area just south of the towns of Parys and Vredefort.

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