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Last Ice Age happened in less than year say scientists - Scotsman.com News

THE last ice age 13,000 years ago took hold in just one year, more than ten times quicker than previously believed, scientists have warned.
Rather than a gradual cooling over a decade, the ice age plunged Europe into the deep freeze, German Research Centre for Geosciences at Potsdam said.

Cold, stormy conditions caused by an abrupt shift in atmospheric circulation froze the continent almost instantly during the Younger Dryas less than 13,000 years ago – a very recent period on a geological scale.

The new findings will add to fears of a serious risk of this happening again in the UK and western Europe – and soon.

Now that is worrying - and what planning have we got in case it happens again - none.

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I guess the big question is: What caused it?

Then again, since I doubt it was the excessive use of SUVs on the neanderthal school run, certain people may not want that question asked, let alone answered.

Still it would be nice to know, even if it meant we only got a bit more warning.

Right, so when it was pointed out to me fifty years ago (as being not new then) that the woolly mammoths had been frozen so fast that the grass was still in their stomachs, and they could be eaten, so fast was the last ice age... so, what's new. Some of the comments to the article are quite good.

The referenced article states that the evidence is from a single crater lake: presumably a smallish thing compared to the whole of Europe.

So, OK, perhaps the evidence supports the coming of the ice age for that crater lake having a one-year transition. But can that reasonably be extrapolated to apply to several tens of degrees of latitude?

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As a farmer you might be intersted in something related that I noted at my blog today - the lateness of the US harvests this year.

http://www.di2.nu/200808/04.htm

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