An international study co-authored by a St Andrews scientist has shown that a release of carbon dioxide from the deep ocean could have escalated the end of the last Ice Age, 11,700 years ago.

The article also offers insight to what climate change may occur in the future.

The researchers focused on tracing the carbon content within the composition of ancient marine organisms that inhabited the seas thousands of years ago. The research indicated that carbon dioxide was released from the ocean into the atmosphere, leading to the heating up of the planet and accelerating the melting of the ice sheets.

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