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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEarth Sciences & Geology · 1 month ago

Are we in an ice age now?

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  • 1 month ago

    i dont think so

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  • 1 month ago

    Technically yes, we are, but during an interglacial period, now exacerbated by human made global warming.

    The Holocene interglacial period started 11,700 years ago.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interglacial.

    Source(s): B.S. geology, M.S. ABT geophysics, B.S. physical geography, M.S. geology
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  • 1 month ago

    Yes, but we are in a warm interim period of that ice age.  The "ice age" from the point of view of geologists has lasted about 2.6 million years so far (perhaps longer depending on how you want to define "ice age").

    Basically, as long as there is significant continental glaciation, it is an "ice age". There is an ebb and flow in how MUCH continental glaciation there is, but it is still an enormous proportion of the planet which is ice covered, hence the term "ice age".

    Think of this pleasant warm period as a January thaw in wintertime.  It is still winter, even if the temps are nice for a few days.  Well, same thing with an ice age: a period of 20,000 years (and we aren't even at 20,000 years yet) relative to a cold cycle of a few million years is just a blip.

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  • Retief
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    1 month ago

    No, we are between ice ages, called "interglacial".

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes. Technically, an "ice age" is when there is year-around ice sheets at the poles. We are in the Quaternary ice age, which started about 2.58 million years ago. That was when the first saber-toothed tiger appeared, and 500,000 years before the first "humans" showed up (Homo Habilis).

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  • 1 month ago

    i would hope not

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  • 1 month ago

    no. The ice caps are melting. We are in the middle of major global warming, and we may not survive that. 

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