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Climate In Arctic More Vulnerable Than Thought
2012-06-25 10:10:11

First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic provide documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million years First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic, published this week in Science, provide documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million...

Ancient Antarctica Was A Completely Different Place
2012-06-18 04:13:26

A new university-led study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected. The climate was suitable to support substantial vegetation -- including stunted trees -- along the edges of the frozen continent. The team of scientists involved in the study, published online June 17 in Nature Geoscience, was led by Sarah J. Feakins of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and included researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion...

2012-05-04 09:14:10

Deep sediments are unparalleled record of biotic changes over past 200,000+ years University of California, Berkeley, scientists are drilling into ancient sediments at the bottom of Northern California's Clear Lake for clues that could help them better predict how today's plants and animals will adapt to climate change and increasing population. The lake sediments are among the world's oldest, containing records of biological change stretching back as far as 500,000 years. The core...

Caltech Researchers Use Stalagmites To Study Past Climate Change
2012-05-04 05:39:29

There is an old trick for remembering the difference between stalactites and stalagmites in a cave: Stalactites hold tight to the ceiling while stalagmites might one day grow to reach the ceiling. Now, it seems, stalagmites might also fill a hole in our understanding of Earth's climate system and how that system is likely to respond to the rapid increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide since preindustrial times. Many existing historical climate records are biased to the high latitudes–...

2012-04-05 13:58:21

Researcher helps paint the fullest picture yet of how increases in CO2 helped end the ice age Harvard scientists are helping to paint the fullest picture yet of how a handful of factors, particularly world-wide increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, combined to end the last ice age approximately 20,000 to 10,000 years ago. As described in a paper published April 5 in Nature, researchers compiled ice and sedimentary core samples collected from dozens of locations around the world, and...

Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Aided End Of Ice Age
2012-04-05 04:51:25

A new study published in the journal Nature provides evidence that rising carbon dioxide levels brought an end to the last Ice Age. The researchers analyzed prehistoric global warming and found that permafrost released massive amounts of carbon dioxide that was stored in frozen soil in Polar Regions. This resulted in climate change and increased global temperatures and ocean acidifications, ending the Ice Age. Lead author Jeremy Shakun said the key to understanding the role of carbon...

2012-03-29 21:58:34

Why did the atmosphere contain so little carbon dioxide (CO2) during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago? Why did it rise when the Earth's climate became warmer? Processes in the ocean are responsible for this, says a new study based on newly developed isotope measurements. This study has now been published in the scientific journal "Science" by scientists from the Universities of Bern and Grenoble and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association....

2012-01-18 13:05:20

Geoscientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Minnesota this week published the first evidence that warm-cold climate oscillations well known in the Northern Hemisphere over the most recent glacial period also appear as tropical rainfall variations in the Amazon Basin of South America. It is the first clear expression of these cycles in the Southern Hemisphere. The work by Stephen Burns and his doctoral student Lisa Kanner at UMass Amherst is reported in...

Glacier Cores From Eastern European Alps May Yield New Climate Clues
2012-01-10 05:41:00

Researchers are beginning their analysis of what are probably the first successful ice cores drilled to bedrock from a glacier in the eastern European Alps. With luck, that analysis will yield a record of past climate and environmental changes in the region for several centuries, and perhaps even covering the last 1,000 years.  Scientists also hope that the core contains the remnants of early human activity in the region, such as the atmospheric byproducts of smelting metals. The...


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