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Appraisal of the future climate of the Holocene in the Rocky Mountains

Quaternary Research

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Abstract

Consideration of the history of Holocene climate in the Rocky Mountains indicates that the over-all trend during the past 2500 yr has been toward increasing warmth, interrupted by cooler times of minor advances of cirque glaciers. Comparison of Holocene climatic history with the record of past interglacials in the region suggests that the present interglacial is not complete and that the climate may become first warmer and subsequently wetter before it is completed. Correlation of the timing of the regional glacial-interglacial record for the past 140,000 yr with the record of major sea level changes and with the calculated changes in the earth's insolation suggest that the present interglacial may be completed within a few millenia and that it may be followed by a significant cooling of the climate. ?? 1972.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Appraisal of the future climate of the Holocene in the Rocky Mountains
Series title:
Quaternary Research
Volume
2
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1972
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
315
Last page:
322
Number of Pages:
8