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Much of East Antarctica remained frozen during past 8 million years

June 13, 2018

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A sizeable contributor to sea level rise, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet's past response to a warming climate has remained controversial. Counting atoms to analyze sediment samples from the bottom of the Southern Ocean, a team of researchers has found the land-based parts of the ice sheet withstood warm atmospheric conditions during the Pliocene epoch, when greenhouse gas levels rivaled today's. The findings suggest greenhouse gas limits may prevent most extreme sea level rise scenarios.Full Story

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