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Quaternary science is an inter-disciplinary field of study focusing on the Quaternary period, which encompasses the last 2.6 million years. The field studies the last ice age and the recent interstadial the Holocene and uses proxy evidence to reconstruct the past environments during this period to infer the climatic and environmental changes that have occurred. The Quaternary Period is the geologic time period from the end of the Pliocene Epoch roughly 1. ... Variations in CO2, temperature and dust from the Vostok ice core over the last 400 000 years For the animated movie, see Ice Age (movie). ... The Holocene epoch is a geological period that extends from the present day back to about 10,000 radiocarbon years, approximately 11,430 ± 130 calendar years BP (between 9560 and 9300 BC). ...

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The International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) was founded in 1928. ... Pollen under microscope Palynology is the science that studies contemporary and fossil palynomorphs, including pollen, spores, dinoflagellate cysts, acritarchs, chitinozoans and scolecodonts, together with particulate organic matter (POM) and kerogen found in sedimentary rocks and sediments. ... A record of δ18O, a proxy for temperature, the past 1,200,000 years The 100,000 year problem is a discrepancy between the actual extent of glaciations and that expected when considering the amount of incoming solar radiation, or insolation, which changes little on a 100,000 year (100... Geochronology is the science of determining the age of rocks, fossils, and sediments. ...

External links

  • Quaternary Research Association
  • International Union for Quaternary Research
  • Irish Quaternary Association
  • Cambridge Quaternary formally the Godwin Institute
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