Monday, June 18, 2012

More Evidence of the Miocene Epoch Warming Period

This website is just an absolute wealth of insight.  Could we possibly get WWU’s “Huxley College” to incorporate just a little bit of the knowledge and common sense that comes from an open perspective on science?

YiT ~  Shelly

NASA: Study Finds Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Anthony Watts

It seems Antarctica once had vegetation and had a lot of rain.

Artist's rendition of Antarctica
This artist’s rendition created from a photograph of Antarctica shows what Antarctica possibly looked like during the middle Miocene epoch, based on pollen fossil data. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Dr. Philip Bart, LSU  › Full image and caption

PASADENA, Calif. — A new university-led study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected. The climate was suitable to support substantial vegetation — including stunted trees — along the edges of the frozen continent.

The team of scientists involved in the study, published online June 17 in Nature Geoscience, was led by Sarah J. Feakins of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and included researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

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