Like tiny time capsules from 20,000 years ago, the minuscule bubbles trapped within Antarctic ice core samples can tell us the composition of Earth’s ancient atmosphere. Scientists use these bubbles to measure the data over time, and, as paleoclimatologist Dr. Jeffrey Severinghaus explains:
…what we’ve learned from that is that carbon dioxide is higher now than what it’s been for at least the last million years… so it’s really quite a dramatic thing that we humans have done to the carbon dioxide.
What’s In a 20,000-Year-Old Cube of Ice? Incredible information.
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