Massive CO2 Burp in the Pacific Ocean ended Last Ice Age?
Published By : 08 Jul 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
A new research has revealed the chances of a massive burp of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the North Pacific Ocean having effected in the end of the last ice age, some 17,000 years ago.
The research was led by scientists in from the St. Andrews University, Scotland. The results from the study suggested that the changes in circulation in the North Pacific Ocean could have resulted in the formation of massive burp of CO2, the release of which in the atmosphere would have had warming effects on the planet, thus triggering the end of the ice age.
Previous studies have mentioned that only the North Atlantic and the Atlantic Ocean could have likely released deglacial CO2 due to their deep water formation properties (formation of a water body within the ocean with common features).
However, a change in rains in the North Pacific region, caused by the storm track from the west and monsoons in the East Asia, must have made the ocean more saltier and less upbeat leading to the formation of deep water.
This must have allowed the release of CO2 stored deep within the Pacific ocean to the atmosphere, subsequently warming the planet and melting back the ice that covered much of the parts of the Northern hemisphere.