Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1815

Palaeoclimate is the climate of the past, including the climatic conditions during historical and geologic periods. For example, during the Quaternary Period, the entire planet became cold and experienced several phases of glaciation. From the perspectives of geography and climatology, the study of palaeoclimate plays an important role in understanding climate change, the formation of the modern climate and the evolution of the natural geographic environment. In geology, palaeoclimate studies facilitate research on stratigraphic divisions and comparisons, crustal evolution and the formation of and exploration for mineral resources.

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