Members of the Bighorn Basin Coring Project label a core sample
drilled last summer near Basin, Wyo. in this undated photo. The
samples are now at the Bremen Core Repository in Germany, where
scientists hope to unlock the mysteries of the Paleocene-Eocene
Thermal Maximum. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management
via The Billings Gazette)
Posted: Friday, January 27, 2012 1:10 pm
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — As the planet enters a new phase of climate
change, scientists in two countries are working with core samples
drilled in Wyoming to understand what caused a pattern of runaway
warming, sometimes called the “fever period,” 56 million years
For reasons unknown, during the transition between the Paleocene
and Eocene epochs, a sudden surge of carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere prompted an extreme version of global warming, producing
droughts and floods, widespread species extinctions and a
redistribution of planetary life.
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