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The Ocean’s Memory of the Ice Ages

Wolf H. Berger

in Ocean

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247789
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247789.003.0014
The Ocean’s Memory of the Ice Ages

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This chapter discusses the discovery of the Great Ice Age, focusing on the ice-age memories of the ocean and ice-age fluctuations. It first introduces fundamental concepts regarding glacial–interglacial fluctuations in oceanic and climatic conditions, and then discusses the Great Ice Age and fossil preservation. The chapter analyzes microfossils, which provided clues about the changes in the conditions of surface waters in response to climate change and changes in the isotopic composition of seawater. It also discusses ice-age cycles, including the last ice age and how it ended.

Keywords: Great Ice Age; ice age; fossil preservation; microfossils; ice-age cycles

Chapter.  20469 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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