Contact: Lee Siegel
University of Utah
Caption: Mitchell Power, of the University of Utah and Natural History Museum of Utah, pulls a sediment core out of Spring Lake near Delta, Utah. The sediment core showed a reduction in charcoal -- and thus fire -- in the area during the Little Ice Age, a time of global cooling that began sometime between that A.D. 1200s and 1500s and ended in the early 1800s. A new study led by Powers suggests the Little Ice Age led to a worldwide reduction in fires after 1500, and that reduction was not caused by decimation of New Word populations by European diseases in the wake of Columbus.
Credit: University of Utah.
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