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paleoclimatology

[pey-lee-oh-klahy-muh-tol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌklaɪ məˈtɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/
noun
1.
the branch of paleogeography dealing with the study of paleoclimates.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; paleo- + climatology
Related forms
paleoclimatological [pey-lee-oh-klahy-muh-tl-oj-i-kuh l or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌklaɪ mə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ (Show IPA), paleoclimatologic, adjective
paleoclimatologist, noun
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  • paleoclimatology studies the geologic record from fossils and ice cores among many other sources.
Word Origin and History for paleoclimatology
n.

also paleo-climatology, 1920, from paleo- + climatology. Related: Paleoclimatologist.

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paleoclimatology in Science
paleoclimatology
  (pā'lē-ō-klī'mə-tŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of climatic conditions, along with their causes and effects, in the geologic past. These conditions are reconstructed on the basis of evidence found in the geologic record, especially in the form of glacial deposits, fossils, sediments, and rock and ice cores. Because much of the geologic record studied in paleoclimatology predates humans, this research is valuable for weighing the relative influence of human and natural causes of global climate change. It also provides test situations for computerized climate modeling systems used to predict present-day climate changes.
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