Abrupt Climate Change and Extinction Events in Earth History

  title={Abrupt Climate Change and Extinction Events in Earth History},
  author={T. Crowley and G. North},
  pages={1002 - 996}
  • T. Crowley, G. North
  • Published 1988
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Science
  • Slowly changing boundary conditions can sometimes cause discontinuous responses in climate models and result in relatively rapid transitions between different climate states. Such terrestrially induced abrupt climate transitions could have contributed to biotic crises in earth history. Ancillary events associated with transitions could disperse unstable climate behavior over a longer but still geologically brief interval and account for the stepwise nature of some extinction events. There is a… CONTINUE READING
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