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Long Debate Ended Over Cause, Demise of Ice Ages--May Also Help Predict Future


August 6, 2009

earth and environment graphic Researchers have largely put to rest a long debate on the underlying mechanism that has caused periodic ice ages on Earth for the past 2.5 million years--they are ultimately linked to slight shifts in solar radiation caused by predictable changes in Earth's rotation and axis. Full Story

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