Global Cooling by Grassland Soils of the Geological Past and Near Future

@article{Retallack2013GlobalCB,
  title={Global Cooling by Grassland Soils of the Geological Past and Near Future},
  author={Gregory J. Retallack},
  journal={Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences},
  year={2013},
  volume={41},
  pages={69-86}
}
  • G. Retallack
  • Published 3 June 2013
  • Environmental Science
  • Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Major innovations in the evolution of vegetation such as the Devonian origin of forests created new weathering regimes and soils (Alfisols, Histosols) that increased carbon consumption and sequestration and ushered in the Permian-Carboniferous Ice Age. Similarly, global expansion of grasslands and their newly evolved, carbon-rich soils (Mollisols) over the past 40 million years may have induced global cooling and ushered in Pleistocene glaciation. Grassland evolution has been considered a… 
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