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How did life survive in the Snowball Earth? Scientists might have cracked the mystery

January 5, 2020

There is very little life in Arctic tundras and glaciers. However that was the situation in a big…
Research unravels mystery of how early animals survived ice age

December 3, 2019

How did life survive the most severe ice age? A McGill University-led research team has found the first…
Paleontologists find traces of sabre-toothed cat in Medicine Hat

October 7, 2019

New research shows that the fearsome sabre-toothed predator Smilodon fatalis lived in Alberta during the Ice Age, according to scientists…
How the weathering of rocks cooled the Earth

July 9, 2019

Fifteen million years ago, the Earth’s climate entered into a period of slow, continuous cooling, and simultaneously the…
Fossil teeth reveal ancient hyenas in the Arctic

June 19, 2019

Modern hyenas are known as hunters and scavengers in Asian and African ecosystems such as the savanna. But…
Ice Ages triggered when tropical islands and continents collide

April 15, 2019

University of California scientists think they know why Earth’s generally warm and balmy climate over the past billion…
Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages, study finds

March 18, 2019

Over the last 540 million years, the Earth has weathered three major ice ages — periods during which…
Antarctic ice sheet could suffer a one-two climate punch

January 16, 2019

Scientists have long speculated that our planet’s climate system is intimately linked to the Earth’s celestial motions. The…
Study: Earth’s polar regions communicate via oceanic “postcards,” atmospheric “text messages”

November 30, 2018

Scientists have documented a two-part climatic connection between the North Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica, a fast atmospheric channel…
Earth’s Wandering Poles Could Have Caused the Ice Age

November 26, 2018

Earth’s last great ice age, known as the Quaternay Glaciation, began roughly 3.2 million years ago. This period…
‘True polar wander’ may have caused ice age

November 20, 2018

Earth’s latest ice age may have been caused by changes deep inside the planet. Based on evidence from…
Antarctic Ocean CO2 helped end the ice age

November 2, 2018

The findings published in the journal Nature, found that CO2 was stored in the deep Southern Ocean during the last…
Ice-age climate clues unearthed

October 29, 2018

How cold did Earth get during the last ice age? The truth may lie deep beneath lakes and…
Ice sheets of the last ice age seeded the ocean with silica

August 14, 2018

Silica is needed by a group of marine algae (the microscopic plants of the oceans) called diatoms, who…
Did last ice age affect breast feeding in Native Americans?

April 30, 2018

The critical role that breast feeding plays in infant survival may have led, during the last ice age,…
Landscape Ridges May Hold Clues about Ice Age and Climate Change

March 29, 2018

Take a drive through the countryside near the New Hampshire Seacoast and you might notice a series of…
Glaciers in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert actually shrank during the last ice age

March 8, 2018

The simple story says that during the last ice age, temperatures were colder and ice sheets expanded around…
New fuel added to a hot debate about ice age extinctions

February 22, 2018

Did massive wildfires spread across the Earth 13,000 years ago, leaving an ecologically changed Northern Hemisphere in their…
Decay of the North American ice sheet since the last ice age decreased climate variability in the Southern Hemisphere

February 19, 2018

The new research co-authored by Dr William Roberts from Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences and led by the University of Colorado Boulder…
Ice core shows North American ice sheet’s retreat affected Antarctic weather

February 14, 2018

Researchers at the University of Washington were among the co-authors of a new study that uses ice core…
12,800 Years Ago, Earth Was Struck by a Disintegrating Comet, Setting Off Global Firestorms

February 4, 2018

According to modern theories of geological evolution, the last major ice age (known as the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation) began…
Ice ages controlled by dust

October 22, 2017

The reason for the 100,000-year ice age cycle has remained a mystery for decades.  This new theory demonstrates…
Ancient tree reveals cause of spike in Arctic temperature

September 13, 2017

A kauri tree preserved in a New Zealand peat swamp for 30,000 years has revealed a new mechanism…
How an Ice Age paradox could inform sea level rise predictions

February 19, 2017

New findings from the University of Michigan explain an Ice Age paradox and add to the mounting evidence…
Earth’s orbital variations and sea ice synch glacial periods

January 28, 2017

Earth is currently in what climatologists call an interglacial period, a warm pulse between long, cold ice ages…
Ice Age ‘skeleton crew’ offers insights for today’s endangered species

January 12, 2017

The ghosts of Ice Age mammals can teach valuable, real-world lessons about what happens to an ecosystem when…
Climate big player in Patagonian ice age mammal extinction 12,000 years ago

June 21, 2016

A study led by the University of Adelaide and including the University of Colorado Boulder indicates giant ice…
Increase in volcanic eruptions at the end of the ice age caused by melting ice caps and glacial erosion

February 2, 2016

Researchers have found that glacial erosion and melting ice caps both played a key role in driving the…
Melting of massive ice ‘lid’ resulted in huge release of CO2 at the end of the ice age

January 6, 2016

A new study reconstructing conditions at the end of the last ice age suggests that as the Antarctic…
The long reach of the past: did prehistoric humans shape today’s ecosystems?

August 27, 2015

We all know that humans are having a massive impact on the planet. Our effects include altering the…
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