Paleoclimatology

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Paleoclimatology (also Palaeoclimatology) is the study of climate change taken on the scale of the entire history of Earth. It uses a variety of proxy records from ice sheets, tree rings, sediment, corals, shells and rocks to determine the past state of the climate system on Earth.

Paleoclimatology has wider implications for climate change today. Scientists often consider past changes in environment and biodiversity to reflect on the current situation, and specifically the impact of climate on mass extinctions and biotic recovery[1].

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Reconstructing ancient climates

Paleoclimatologists employ a wide variety of techniques to deduce ancient climates.

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