The Current Ice Age: Background information when reading After the Snow

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After the Snow

by S. D. Crockett

After the Snow
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    Mar 2012, 304 pages
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    Sep 2013, 320 pages

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The Current Ice Age

Today's climate discussions are often so focused on global warming that it can be easy to forget that dramatic changes in climate, including extensive periods of global cooling, have been a hallmark of earth's history for billions of years. In fact, we're in an ice age right now. Currently, earth is in what's called an interglacial period (an interval of warmer temperatures that occurs between glacial periods within an ice age) of the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation, which began approximately 2.6 million years ago, and cycles between glacial and interglacial periods roughly every 100,000 - 200,000 years.

Seventeenth century astronomer Johannes Kepler was the first to credit the earth's irregular orbit for these cyclical periods of glaciation. Today, contemporary scientists recognize that other factors, including solar output, continental positioning, and ocean circulation, may also contribute to this cyclical cooling.

Baltoro GlacierA significant glaciation period began approximately ...

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