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Danish Arctic research dates Ice Age
"it is as if a button was pressed"
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11 Dec 08 - A Danish ice drilling project has conclusively ended the discussion on the exact date of the end of the last ice age.  

The extensive scientific study - the NordGrip drilling project in Greenland - shows that it was precisely 11,711 years ago - and not the indeterminate figure of ‘some’ 11,000 years ago – that the ice withdrew, allowing humans and animals free reign.

It took several thousand years to warm up the earth and melt the kilometre thick ice caps that covered large parts of the northern hemisphere during the last glacial period and as a result the transition from Ice Age to the current period has lacked a clearly defined point in time.

“Our new, extremely detailed data from the examination of the ice cores shows that in the transition from the ice age to our current warm, interglacial period the climate shift is so sudden that it is as if a button was pressed”, explains ice core researcher Jørgen Peder Steffensen, Centre for Ice and Climate at NBI at the University of Copenhagen.

See entire article:
http://politiken.dk/newsinenglish/article611464.ece
Thanks to Steven Bacic and Jeff Rense for this link



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