Little Ice Age

Little Ice Age, A period of cooling after the Medieval Warm Period that lasted from the 16th to the 19th century.

Little Ice Age image

The Little Ice Age (LIA) was a period of cooling that occurred after the Medieval Warm Period. Although it was not a true ice age, the term was introduced into scientific literature by François E. Matthes in 1939. It has been conventionally defined as a period extending from the 16th to the 19th centuries, but some experts prefer an alternative timespan from about 1300 to about 1850.The NASA Earth Observatory notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, all separated by intervals of slight warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report considered that the timing and areas affected by the Little Ice Age suggested largely independent regional climate changes rather than a globally synchronous increased glaciation. At most, there was modest cooling of the Northern Hemisphere during the period.Several causes have been proposed: cyclical lows in solar radiation, heightened volcanic activity, changes in the ocean circulation, variations in Earth's orbit and axial tilt (orbital forcing), inherent variability in global climate, and decreases in the human population (for example from the Black Death and the epidemics emerging in the Americas upon European contact).

Ice age
1 day ago

Ice age ... An ice age is a long period of reduction in the temperature of the Earth's surface and atmosphere, resulting in the presence or expansion of continental...

Late Antique Little Ice Age
3 months ago

Late Antique Little Ice Age ... The Late Antique Little Ice Age was a long-lasting Northern Hemisphere cooling period in the 6th and 7th century AD, during the period known as late antiquity...

Little Ice Age volcanism
2 months ago

Little Ice Age volcanism ... Little Ice Age volcanism refers to the massive volcanic activities during the Little Ice Age. Scientists suggested a hypothesis that volcanism was the...

Ice Age Trail
3 months ago

Ice Age Trail ... The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail stretching 1,200 miles (1,900 km) in the state of Wisconsin in the United States. The trail is administered...

List of Ice Age characters
2 months ago

List of Ice Age characters ... The following is a list of the characters in the Ice Age films, mentioned by a name either presented in the films or in any other official material. Each...

Ice Age: Continental Drift
2 months ago

Ice Age: Continental Drift ... Ice Age: Continental Drift is a 2012 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox...

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
3 months ago

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ... Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a 2009 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century...

Maunder Minimum
3 months ago

Maunder Minimum ... hypothesis for the cause of the Little Ice Age is that it was the result of volcanic action. The onset of the Little Ice Age also occurred well before the...

Last ice age
3 months ago

Last ice age ... Last ice age may refer to: Last Glacial Period, the most recent glacial period of the current major ice age Little Ice Age, a hundred years of relative...

Year Without a Summer
3 months ago

Year Without a Summer ... century. Known today as the Little Ice Age, it had already caused considerable agricultural distress in Europe. The Little Ice Age's existing cooling was exacerbated...

Medieval Warm Period
2 months ago
Last Glacial Period
2 months ago
Würm glaciation
3 months ago
River Thames frost fairs
2 months ago
Prometheus (tree)
2 months ago
Ethnic groups in Pakistan
2 months ago
Crisis of the Late Middle Ages
2 months ago
Donald Rusk Currey
3 months ago
This article is copied from an article on Wikipedia® - the free encyclopedia created and edited by its online user community. This article is distributed under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License.