Skip to comments.Caribbean Forests Thrived In 'Little Ice Age'
Posted on 10/01/2007 7:20:31 PM PDT by blam
Caribbean forests thrived in 'Little Ice Age'
22:00 01 October 2007
NewScientist.com news service
Some Caribbean forests were at their densest for the past 2000 years during the 'Little Ice Age', new research shows.
This forest growth was not expected, because other areas in the region were cool and dry, but the curious finding shows that the effects of climate change can vary from place to place, say researchers.
From approximately 1350 to 1850, the Little Ice Age cooled low latitudes and dried the Caribbean including the Yucatan Peninsula. So you might expect to see evidence of this dry spell further west along the Gulf of Campeche, says Maria Lozano-Garcia, a palaeontologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Instead, Lozano-Garcia and colleagues found that the normal dry season was either shorter or nonexistent during the Little Ice Age, as indicated by a sharp increase in the amount of pollen from both lowland and upland forests deposited in core-samples taken from Lago Verde, a small lake about 200 metres above sea level near the Gulf of Campeche. The lake level also rose during this period.
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