Regional climate shifts caused by gradual global cooling in the Pliocene epoch

  title={Regional climate shifts caused by gradual global cooling in the Pliocene epoch},
  author={Ana Christina Ravelo and Dyke H. Andreasen and Mitchell Lyle and Annette Olivarez Lyle and Michael W. Wara},
The Earth's climate has undergone a global transition over the past four million years, from warm conditions with global surface temperatures about 3 °C warmer than today, smaller ice sheets and higher sea levels to the current cooler conditions. Tectonic changes and their influence on ocean heat transport have been suggested as forcing factors for that transition, including the onset of significant Northern Hemisphere glaciation ∼2.75 million years ago, but the ultimate causes for the climatic… CONTINUE READING
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