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OceanReflections on a Century of Exploration$
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Wolf Berger and David Lindberg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247789

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247789.001.0001

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The Ocean’s Memory of the Ice Ages

The Ocean’s Memory of the Ice Ages

The Endless Cycles of Climate Change

(p.372) (p.373) Thirteen The Ocean’s Memory of the Ice Ages

Wolf H. Berger

University of California Press

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

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