The Ice Age lasted 30 million years
Published on June 16th, 2009 | by Admin1
Once previously thought to have lasted only a ‘blip’ geologically speaking, the Ice Age has now been shown to have lasted for 30 million years.
Their research suggests that during this ancient Ice Age, global warming was curbed through the burial of organic carbon that eventually lead to the formation of oil – including the ‘hot shales’ of north Africa and Arabia which constitute the world’s most productive oil source rock.
This ice age has been named ‘the Early Palaeozoic Icehouse’ by Dr Alex Page and his colleagues in a paper published as part of a collaborative Deep Time Climate project between the University of Leicester and British Geological Survey.