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24 January 2013
Climate change

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/24/of-doric-columns-and-climate-change/ … the thoughts of Moncton on Doric columns and their relationship with climate change should not be missed if you like a touch of humour with your science. In another post at the site a paper on temperatures during the Eemian, the last interglacial period, around 128,000 years ago, as they are discerned from Greenland ice cores, is worth reading – and most especially some of the comments that follow. It seems the ice core may have been stitched together in the first place and one commenter disputes the notion that the ice cores concerned reflect temperature as such but more likely an increase in precipitation. In other words, the climate on Greenland in the last interglacial was much wetter than it is now. However, nobody disputes the fact that there was glaciers on Greenland over a hundred thousand years ago – but all seem to agree they must have been smaller whether it was a great deal warmer or only wetter. Why did the ice core break at that particular point in the sequence? How was it fitted together ? Apparently they used an Antarctic ice core to piece it together, one that goes back 800,000 years.

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