Definition of hypsithermal period

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hypsithermal period

The term 'hypsithermal period' as it applies to the area of carbon dioxide can be defined as ' The period about 4000 to 8000 years ago when the Earth was apparently several degrees warmer than it is now. More rainfall occurred in most of the subtropical desert regions and less in the central midwest United States and Scandinavia. It is also called the altithermal period and can serve as a past climatic analog for predicting the regional pattern of climate change should the Earth's mean surface temperature increase because of an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration'.

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