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Press Release 12-107

Today's Climate More Sensitive to Carbon Dioxide Than in Past 12 Million Years

Geologic record shows evolution in Earth's climate system

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Image of the phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi.

The phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi offers new clues about climate past, present and future.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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Map showing location of core sampling sites in the North Pacific Ocean.

Core samples were collected at the sites noted in the North Pacific Ocean.

Credit: Jonathan LaRiviere/Ocean Data View


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Image of the coccolithophore Emiliana huxleyi.

Micrograph of Emiliana huxleyi, a coccolithophore that is a primary producer of the compounds used to estimate sea surface temperatures during the late Miocene epoch.

Credit: Alison Taylor, University of North Carolina Wilmington Microscopy Facility/Wikimedia Commons


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Image of the drillship JOIDES Resolution in Honolulu Harbor.

The drillship JOIDES Resolution during one of its port calls, here in Honolulu Harbor.

Credit: IODP


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