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Paleoclimatology and Proxies: How Can We Infer Past Climates?

Paleoclimatology is the study of past climates. Since it is not possible to go back in time to see what climates were like, scientists use imprints created during past climate, known as proxies, to interpret paleoclimate. Microbial life, such as diatoms, forams, and coral serve as useful climate proxies. Other proxies include ice cores, tree rings, and sediment cores (which include diatoms, foraminifera, microbiota, pollen, and charcoal within the sediment and the sediment itself).

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Date Of Record Release 2010-10-26 19:29:30
Description Paleoclimatology is the study of past climates. Since it is not possible to go back in time to see what climates were like, scientists use imprints created during past climate, known as proxies, to interpret paleoclimate. Microbial life, such as diatoms, forams, and coral serve as useful climate proxies. Other proxies include ice cores, tree rings, and sediment cores (which include diatoms, foraminifera, microbiota, pollen, and charcoal within the sediment and the sediment itself).
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Source Microbial Life
Keyword Microbes
Selector Selection Committee
Date Of Record Creation 2010-10-26 19:16:01
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Date Last Modified 2010-10-26 19:29:30
Creator Monica Bruckner
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2010-10-26 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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