Hothouse Cretaceous

Climate change in the history of the earth

Greenhouse climate in the Cretaceous. Natural History Museum Oslo
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Increasing CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, global warming, melting of the polar ice caps and flooding of the coastal plains Climate change is not just making headlines, he says holds also to the biggest challenges of humanity.

To describe and predict the climate of the future, however, a look into the past can be helpful. For in the course of geological history, there have always been similar greenhouse conditions as today. Their understanding can therefore provide the key to future development.

A phase characterized by an extreme greenhouse climate was the Cretaceous period 145 to 65 million years ago. This era, when even the dinosaurs ruled the earth, has been researching paleontologists and sedimentologists at the Ruhr University Bochum for some time.

To understand the climatic and biological conditions at that time, we take a temporal and geographical excursion. From Bochum the journey goes via Northern Germany to the great oceans of our earth ...

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Mutterlose and Prof. Dr. med. Adrian Immenhauser
Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics, Sediment and Isotope Geology / Geobiology of the Ruhr University Bochum
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