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How the Ice Age Worked
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How the Ice Age Worked

Did you know you're living in an ice age? It's true. But if you're like most people the term makes you think of a time when woolly mammoths roamed the planet.

That time, which ended about 11,500 years ago, is the most recent glacial period. Right now we're in a warmer interglacial period. Find out what we do — and don't — know about what causes ice ages.

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What Triggers Ice Ages?

What Triggers Ice Ages?

Glaciers have advanced and retreated more than 20 times during the ice age we're currently in. Look at the cycles and the changes. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Ice Age Titans

Ice Age Titans

Weighing as much as 8 tons and with tusks up to 16 feet long, these giant beasts survived for millions of years. Check out these ice age titans. More...

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Field Museum
Past Climates: Ice Ages

Past Climates: Ice Ages

Ready to walk deeper into the deep freeze? Find out how shifts in the Earth’s orbit have led to periodic ice ages and warm periods More...

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Science Museum, London
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What could have caused an ice age to happen? Meet the scientist who first linked ice ages to the orbit and angle of Earth's axis. More...

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Discovery
Ice Age Warmth Wiped Out Lemmings, Study Finds

Ice Age Warmth Wiped Out Lemmings, Study Finds

Researchers discover that lemmings became “regionally extinct” 5 times during the last Ice Age. Could this revelation shed light on why large animals, like woolly mammoths, were wiped out? More...

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BBC Nature
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Sudden Big Chill

Temperatures fell and glaciers grew in the mountains during Europe's Little Ice Age, from about 1750-1850. Could volcanoes have been the cause? Some scientists say yes. More...

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The Greenhouse Effect

Compare the atmosphere today and during the last ice age when you change the greenhouse gas concentration and see how the temperature changes. More...

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The Past 100,000 Years

Think back on how your life has changed in the past 10 years. How much do you think life has changes for humans in the past 100,000? Check it out. More...

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