Ancient lethal hothouse
Sun, Yadong School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom.
Wignall, Paul B. School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom.
- Early Triassic world
- Temperature reconstructions
- Effects on biodiversity
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Earth's current climate is relatively “cold” in comparison to most intervals of geological time, with permanent ice caps at the poles. However, for most of its history, our planet was ice-free and is considered to have been in a greenhouse state. Conditions of exceptional warmth are thought to have occurred in the Early Triassic, Middle Cretaceous, and Early Eocene, with the first of these intervals, the Early Triassic, recently having been recognized as one of the hottest of all hothouse intervals.
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