First plants cooled the Ordovician

Timothy M. Lenton, Michael Crouch, Martin Johnson, Nuno Pires, Liam Dolan

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The Late Ordovician period, ending 444 million years ago, was marked by the onset of glaciations. The expansion of non-vascular land plants accelerated chemical weathering and may have drawn down enough atmospheric carbon dioxide to trigger the growth of ice sheets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-89
Number of pages4
JournalNature Geoscience
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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