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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Melting of Ice Sheets--3 to 5 Million Years Ago


Global warming five million years ago may have caused parts of Antarctica's large ice sheets to melt and sea levels to rise by approximately 65 feet, according to a new study.
Researchers from Imperial College London studied mud samples to learn about ancient melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet.

They discovered that melting took place repeatedly between five and three million years ago, during a geological period called Pliocene Epoch, which may have caused sea levels to rise approximately 32 feet (ten metres).

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