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Paleoclimatology collage. Images representing paleoclimate proxy data sources. Click image to obtain data.

Paleoclimatologists use clues from natural "proxy" sources to estimate past climate conditions. This collection of images represent some of the most used proxies. Please see the individual data pages for information on each proxy type.

Paleoclimatic Modeling: Global Temperature, 21,000 yrs BP, UK Met. Office HADAM2 model. Map by NOAA graphic. Click here for high resolution image
Ice Cores: Ice core being extruded from drill. Photo by Lonnie Thompson, The Ohio State University. Click here for high resolution image
Plant Macrofossils: Ponderosa Pine cone and needles. Photo by US National Park Service. Click here for high resolution image
Pollen: Pollen grains. Photo by Oak Ridge National Laboratory Click here for high resolution image
Fauna: Woolly Mammoth. Photo by Eberly College of Science, Penn State. Click here for high resolution image
Paleofire: Fire scars in Ponderosa Pine. Photo by Peter Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research. Click here for high resolution image
Tree-Ring: Annual Rings in a Ponderosa Pine. Photo by Peter Brown, Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research. Click here for high resolution image
Historical: Weather journal. Photo by climate database modernization project. Click here for high resolution weather journal image and Click here for high resolution weather room image
Borehole: Drilling Rig, San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD). Photo by US Geological Survey. Click here for high resolution image
Paleoceanography: Icebergs in the North Atlantic. Photo by Ann Jennings, University of Colorado. Click here for high resolution image
Speleothems: Stalactites and Stalagmites in Villars Cave, France. Photo by Dominique Genty, CNRS/LSCE. Click here for high resolution image
Coral: Coral core being extracted from underwater drill. Photo by Emma Hickerson/Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Click here for high resolution image
Insect: Insect skelton. Photo by Oliver Heiri1, Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Click here for high resolution image
Climate Reconstructions: Reconstruction of the post-episode effects of the Santa Maria volcanic eruption in 1902. Map by Erich Fischer: in "Regional and Seasonal Impact of Volcanic Eruptions of European Climate over the Last Centuries", Diploma thesis, University of Bern, 2003. Click here for high resolution image
Climate Forcing: A solar prominence captured on September 14, 1999. Photo by NASA. Click here for high resolution image
Lake Sediments: Laguna Pallcacocha, Ecuador. Photo by Chris Moy, Stanford University. Click here for high resolution image
Loess: Jiuzhoutai Loess Section in China. Photo by Yu Li, Key Laboratory of Western China's Environmental Systems, College of Earth and Environment Sciences, Lanzhou University, China Click here for high resolution image

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