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Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region’s past

Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe's winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during...

Megafaunal extinctions driven by too much moisture

Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before...

Brexit 1.0: Scientists find evidence of Britain’s original separation from Europe

Researchers have found evidence of how ancient Britain separated from Europe, which happened in two stages, they report today in Nature Communications. Nearly 450,000 years...

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate cooling

During the ice ages, an unidentified regulatory mechanism prevented atmospheric CO2 concentrations from falling below a level that could have led to runaway cooling,...

Historical copper trapped in ice

South America's mining industry supplies half the world with copper. The world's largest mines are located in the Andes. Yet just when copper production...

Earth’s orbital variations, sea ice synch glacial periods

Earth is currently in what climatologists call an interglacial period, a warm pulse between long, cold ice ages when glaciers dominate our planet's higher...

Researcher examines plants encased in tar pits to reconstruct ice age...

For tens of thousands of years, the warm, sticky natural asphalt that occasionally bubbled to the Earth's surface in the area now called Los...

Inception of the last ice age

A new model reconstruction shows in exceptional detail the evolution of the Eurasian ice sheet during the last ice age. This can help scientists...

Ice Age ‘skeleton crew’ offers insights for today’s endangered species

The ghosts of Ice Age mammals can teach valuable, real-world lessons about what happens to an ecosystem when its most distinct species go extinct,...

During last period of global warming, Antarctica warmed 2 to 3...

Following Earth's last ice age, which peaked 20,000 years ago, the Antarctic warmed between two and three times the average temperature increase worldwide, according...

Greenland on thin ice?

The ice sheet covering Greenland is four times bigger than California—and holds enough water to raise global sea-level more than twenty feet if most...

Ice Age hunters destroyed forests throughout Europe

Large-scale forest fires started by prehistoric hunter-gatherers are probably the reason why Europe is not more densely forested. The finding -- by an international...

West Antarctic ice shelf breaking up from the inside out

A key glacier in Antarctica is breaking apart from the inside out, suggesting that the ocean is weakening ice on the edges of the...

Dino-killing crater shows clues about Ice Age sea level

The massive underwater crater left by the asteroid that exterminated the dinosaurs has provided new evidence that sea levels were much lower during the...

New study shows when Pine Island Glacier retreat began

Reporting this week (Wednesday Nov. 23) in the journal Nature an international team led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explains that present-day thinning and...

Seeing under Antarctica’s ice

Although scientists have been studying Antarctica for many years, most research has focused on the conditions of Antarctica as they currently are. Based on...

Quest begins for oldest ice on Earth

A team of European scientists heads to East Antarctica this month to locate the oldest ice on Earth. The team is part of an...

The 100,000 year problem

This mysterious phenomena, dubbed the '100,000 year problem', has been occurring for the past million years or so and leads to vast ice sheets...

Understanding the ebb and flow of Peru’s glacial past

Many thousands of years ago, as the world slowly began to thaw at the end of the last ice age, the landscapes of southern...

Lazarus ice

Every school child knows that ice melts in the summer and freezes in the winter. But it turns out that the process isn't that...

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