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Press Release 08-087

Methane Release Could Cause Abrupt, Far-Reaching Climate Change

Parallel to catastrophic event of 635 million years ago

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Illustration of the "Snowball Earth" 635 million years ago.

The ending millions of years ago of the "Snowball Earth" may have clues to climate change today.

Credit: NASA


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Photo of the shoreline near Adelaide, South Australia.

Scientists studied this area in South Australia near Adelaide, looking for evidence of abrupt climate change.

Credit: Martin Kennedy/UCR


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Photo of geologisits collecting sediment samples in South Australia.

Geologists Chris von der Borch and Dave Mrofka collect sediment samples in South Australia.

Credit: Martin Kennedy, UCR


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