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Andrea Dutton: Gainesville Sun

Far-flung fossils give UF researchers global warming clues
January 13, 2015

Geological Sciences Assistant Professor Andrea Dutton's work studying fossil corals in the Seychelles Islands for clues to sea level rise was reported in the Gainesville Sun. The study, published in January's Quaternary Science Review, was partially funded by the National Science Foundation. The Seychelles were chosen for this research because sea levels there match average global sea levels well. Her research team found fossil evidence that sea levels were 20 to 30 feet higher than they are now during a warm period 125,000 years ago when many coastal areas including most of South Florida were underwater. She found that the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet was the major contributor to this rise, a situation that may repeat itself in the future.

A similar story appeared in the Independent Florida Alligator with additional stories on the topic online at SeychellesNewsAgency.com, Futurity.org, ReportingClimateScience.com, Phys.org, ScienceDaily.com, OMICSonline.org, NewsForAfrica.com, GaiaNews.it, FLRnet.org, Futura-Sciences.com and NatureWorldNews.com.

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