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View Resource Methane Gas May Have Caused Global Warming 55 Million Years Ago

According to an article published in the November 19, 1999, issue of the journal Science, a massive release of methane gas (CH4) may have caused global warming during the Paleocene Epoch 55 million years ago. The process began with a gradual atmospheric warming which sent warm currents of surface water down to the ocean floor. Solid methane, called methane hydrate, warmed and became gaseous. The...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/se/1999/1124
View Resource A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Paleoclimatology Program has made available the Paleo Perspective on Global Warming Website. Sections included at the site are the Beginning, the Story, the Data, Final Word, and Image Gallery, among others. The Story provides the user with a background on climate and climate variability. The Data section gives an in-depth look at the...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data
View Resource North American Drought: A Paleo Perspective

The NOAA Paleoclimatology Program is responsible for this excellent resource on Drought in North America, described within a geological timescale. Specifically, the Website aims "to explain how paleoclimatic data can provide information about past droughts and about the natural variability of drought over timescales of decades to millennia." The site is organized into four main sections: The...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data
View Resource Climate Timeline Information Tool

The Climate Timeline Web site was developed at the National Geophysical Data Center at NOAA's Boulder Laboratory and was designed as an online tool that allows users to examine climate change and variability at different time scales throughout history. The site allows visitors to explore climate history and science from today to over 100,000 years ago through descriptions, illustrations, and other...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data
View Resource Introduction to Paleoclimatology

The Introduction to Paleoclimatology Web site is provided by NOAA's Paleoclimatology Program of the National Climatic Data Center. Paleoclimatology is the study of climate prior to the widespread availability of records of temperature, precipitation, and other instrumental data. The site describes why paleoclimatolgy should be studied, how it's studied, what is currently known about the subject,...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data
View Resource Illinois State Museum: The Midwestern U.S. 16,000 Years Ago

Produced by staff at the Illinois State Museum, this online exhibit offers a variety of interesting information and images for students and others interested in environments of the distant past. The site offers sections on Late Pleistocene Plants, Animals, Landscapes, and Extinctions. These broader sections include information on such topics as Spruce Pollen, Ground Sloths, Jaguars, Poplars, and...

http://exhibits.museum.state.il.us/exhibits/larson/
View Resource NOAA Paleoclimatology Data

The study of paleoclimatology is an activity that goes on all around the world, in large part because such a vast undertaking entails collecting scientific data from many different sites. As such, this site has a great deal to offer both scientists working in the field and the layperson who may be interested in learning more about the world of paleoclimatology. One area that may be of particular...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data
View Resource Duke University: The Clark Lab

Based at Duke University, the Clark Lab "conducts research in plant community ecology, paleoclimate and fire ecology." The lab website contains brief descriptions of various research projects on Forest Dynamics and Environmental Change, Dispersal and Tree Population Migration, Molecular Biogeography, and New Computational Approaches for Forest Dynamics, to name a few. Notably, the site contains a...

https://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/clarklab/
View Resource NOAA Paleoclimatology Program

It is a tall order to try to study even the recent past, so visitors should find the research accomplishments of the staff members at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Paleoclimatology Program quite impressive. Their work revolves around examining different aspects of the natural world, such as ice cores and lake sediments, in order to understand climate variability over...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data