palaeoclimatology

paleoclimatology

[pey-lee-oh-klahy-muh-tol-uh-jee or, especially Brit., pal-ee-]
or palaeoclimatology

Scientific study of the extended climatic conditions of past geologic ages. Paleoclimatologists seek to explain climate variations for all parts of the Earth during any given geologic period, beginning with the time of the Earth's formation. The basic research data are drawn mainly from geology and paleobotany; speculative attempts at explanation have come largely from astronomy, atmospheric physics, meteorology, and geophysics.

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