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Antarctic ice sheet is result of CO2 decrease, not continental breakup


July 30, 2014

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Climate modelers at the University of New Hampshire have shown that the most likely explanation for the initiation of Antarctic glaciation during a major climate shift 34 million years ago was decreased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. The finding counters a 40-year-old theory suggesting massive rearrangements of Earth's continents caused global cooling and the abrupt formation of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.Full Story

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University of New Hampshire

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