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Hist 141 the little ice age

  1. 1. Andrew Lelja History 141 71154 The Little Ice Age
  2. 2. What is the Little Ice Age? <ul><li>The little Ice Age was a period of cooling in the earths temperature that followed the Medieval Warm Period </li></ul><ul><li>The glaciers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres were growing rapidly forcing people out of their land </li></ul><ul><li>It was a time of incredible suffering and brought about change and adaption </li></ul>
  3. 3. When did the Little Ice Age occur? <ul><li>It happened from the 14 th to the 19 th century. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1315, all of Northern Europe's weather changing dramatically followed by 5 years of non stop, drenching rains and intense storms </li></ul><ul><li>In the 1500s, glacial expansion throughout the world was visibly noticeable. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Reasons the Ice Age occurred <ul><li>During a time of relatively low solar activity from the sun that created minimal solar radiation, called Maunder Minimum </li></ul><ul><li>The melting of glaciers during the Medieval Warm Period caused vast amounts of fresh water to spill into the ocean, disrupting the natural Thermohaline Circulation </li></ul><ul><li>Many volcanic eruptions were occurring and spewing clouds of ash and sulfur into the air, which affected sunlight reaching the earth </li></ul><ul><li>Overall, earth temperature was 2-3 degrees below normal </li></ul>
  5. 5. Effects of the Little Ice Age <ul><li>The potato was adopted as a vital food source because grains did not survive well in cold wet conditions. It helped saved thousands of lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Antonio Stradivari created the violin, which couldn’t have been produced without the unique density of the wood growing during the Ice Age. </li></ul><ul><li>Led many Northern Europeans to migrate to the Americas, and ultimately helped develop the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Helped make people, especially today, really aware of the changes the can happen to our global climate and how to be prepared </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sources <ul><li>Documentary Film: “Little Ice Age: Big Chill” The History Channel </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Little Ice Age” Wikipedia.com </li></ul><ul><li>Cutler, Alan. “The Little Ice Age: When Global Cooling Gripped the World,” Washington Post, August, 1997. </li></ul>

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