What are some good discussion questions for the little ice age?

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What caused the Little Ice Age? There are many theories on this question, and here are a couple of examples:

-Sequences of explosive volcanic eruptions in the tropics were the likely trigger for the Little Ice Age, according to a new study.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/01...
http://www.history.com/news/2012/01/31/l...

-Many people have pointed at the coincidence in low sunspot activity and the timing of the Little Ice. This so called Maunder Minimum2 coincided with the coldest part of the Little Ice Age, in particular during the period roughly from 1645 to 1715, when sunspots were a rare occurrence, as noted by solar observers such as Cassini and Flamsteed3. A minimum in sunspots, indicates an inactive and possibly colder sun and qonsequently less energy output to warm the earth.
http://www.eh-resources.org/timeline/tim...
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  • TQ answered 2 years ago
    What role did Milankovich attribute to Earth's orbital forcing by eccentricity...obliquity of the eliptic..and pre-session of the equinox to the Little Ice age?

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