By: Rodney R. Chilton
This is an investigation into an intriguing climate interval that occurred after the most recent ice age. The climate had been warming dramatically, then suddenly the climate cooled to an interval of near glacial cold. Known as the Younger Dryas this period lasted for well over a thousand years.
The most widely held theory favours that the Younger Dryas was caused by the slowing or cessation of the North Atlantic ocean circulation. However, it is becoming evident that this hypothesis fails to explain many features of the Younger Dryas. This book examines the many shortcomings of the ocean circulation hypothesis, and in its place presents an exciting alternative explanation.