Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations over the past 60 million years

  title={Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations over the past 60 million years},
  author={P. Pearson and M. Palmer},
  • P. Pearson, M. Palmer
  • Published 2000
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Knowledge of the evolution of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations throughout the Earth's history is important for a reconstruction of the links between climate and radiative forcing of the Earth's surface temperatures. Although atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations in the early Cenozoic era (about 60 Myr ago) are widely believed to have been higher than at present, there is disagreement regarding the exact carbon dioxide levels, the timing of the decline and the mechanisms that are… CONTINUE READING
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