Climatic Variation in Earth History

This module presents two case studies from Earth history: the first examines the contrasts between major episodes of warm, apparently ice-free climates and times of major glaciation; the second considers the rhythms within the most recent period of glacial climate. Each analysis provides substantial insight into the Earth's sensitivity to change.

The module is divided into the following sections: Climatic Variation in Earth History, First Case Study: Plate Tectonics and Climate — Episodes of Extensive Glaciation and Extreme Global Warmth, Second Case Study: the Orbit of Earth and Pleistocene Glacial Rhythms, Summary, Glossary, and Recommended Reading.

The full version of this module is available for download in PDF format. Selected chapters are also available for browsing online via the HTML link.

Author: Eric J. Barron, Pennsylvania State University

Contact the author at ebarron@jsg.utexas.edu