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Weather Talk: The Eemian Period

A lot of climatologists are talking about the Eemian Period lately. The Eemian is the name for the last great warming prior to the last glaciation. It happened about 125,000 years ago. According to ice cores and fossil records of the time, Earth ...

A lot of climatologists are talking about the Eemian Period lately. The Eemian is the name for the last great warming prior to the last glaciation. It happened about 125,000 years ago. According to ice cores and fossil records of the time, Earth was a few degrees warmer than the present period (The Holocene) and sea levels were about 20 to 30 feet higher than today. The recent discussion revolves about a finding of a sudden warming late in the Eemian period that may have been related to a rapid ice melt and a sudden associated sea-level increase. The thinking is that some of the glacial areas on Earth today are melting faster than the climate models have predicted, suggesting that the sea level rise in the next few hundred years could possible come faster and sooner than expected. Not all climatologists agree with this idea. The one part of this that concerns me is that there is more carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere today than there was in the Eemian. 

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