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New Evidence Hints at Global Glaciation 716.5 Million Years Ago


March 4, 2010

glaciation at tropical latitudes Geologists have found evidence that sea ice extended to the equator 716.5 million years ago, bringing new precision to a "snowball Earth" event long suspected to have taken place around that time. The new findings--based on an analysis of ancient tropical rocks that are now found in remote northwestern Canada--bolster the theory that our planet has, at times in the past, been ice-covered at all latitudes. Full Story

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