Saturday, February 26, 2011

An Unusual Earlier Ice Age

There was an earlier ice age in the southern supercontinent Gondwana at the boundary between the Ordovician and Silurian periods around 445 million years ago. This ice age was unusual in that it occurred while CO2 levels were high and also coincided with a major extinction event. See The Magnitude and Duration of Late Ordovician–Early Silurian Glaciation in Science.