Miami Geologist's Climate Research Cited in National Geographic

Posted on: 10/3/2011

"World Without Ice," a feature story in the Oct. 2011 issue of National Geographic, mentions the research of Ellen Currano, assistant professor of geology and environmental earth sciences at Miami University. Scientists have observed that as the Paloecene epoch gave way to the Eocene, around 56 million years ago, “there was a massive and sudden release of carbon... (that) brought on drought, floods, insect plagues, and a few extinctions,” according to the article. The effects of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, or PETM — could be a model for global climate change if humans keep burning fossil fuels.

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