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June 7 2014

How Ice Age climate made giant ‘mystery’ lakes


New research solves a longstanding mystery about how ancient lakes in the western United States grew to such enormous sizes.

The study, published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, finds that the lakes were able to grow large—rivaling the Great Lakes—during the peak of the last Ice Age 21,000 years ago, a period known as the “Last Glacial Maximum,” because evaporation rates were significantly lower than today.

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