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Little Ice Age

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There is no agreed beginning year to the Little Ice Age when the world experienced relatively cooler temperatures compared to the present, but it is conventionally defined as a period extending from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries when there was expansion of mountain glaciers (http://www.meteo.psu.edu/~mann/shared/articles/littleiceage.pdf; Lamb, 1972; http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Glossary/?mode=alpha&seg=l&segend=n). During this period, glaciers in many parts of the world expanded and came down to the lower altitude. It is speculated that the amount of solar radiation emitted by the Sun was low at that time as a periodical phenomenon. Volcanic eruption is accounted for an unexpected blockage of sunlight, leading to worldwide cooling.

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Kumar, R. (2011). Little Ice Age. In: Singh, V.P., Singh, P., Haritashya, U.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2642-2_333

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