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Studies of Dynamic Past Ice Age May Help Prepare Society for Future Changes

August 18, 2008

earth and environment graphic A new special paper from the Geological Society of America brings together a wealth of recent work to understand the longest icehouse period in Phanerozoic earth history, the late Paleozoic ice age. A better understanding of glaciation time frames and climate fluctuation rates during this ice age may help society prepare for a future Earth with rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, rising global temperatures, rising sea levels and melting polar ice and glaciers. Full Story

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