13 Amazing Ice Age Facts

11. The Himalayan contribution

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When the South Asian landmass collided into Asia more than 40 million years ago, it crunched up a massive amount of earth and stone to form the Himalayas. This huge amount of “new” stone was exposed to the natural elements and the bulk started chemically eroding. The process removed a major amount of carbon dioxide from atmosphere, and this in turn, may have triggered an Ice Age. But with the event happening millions of years ago, it’s still largely a matter of speculation.

12. Snowball earth

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With huge ice sheets covering almost a third of the earth, the planet looked like a big mass with patches of white. It was the most life-destroying of all the Ice Ages, major or minor. But snowball earth is a condition where every single part of the earth is frozen. It looks like a huge snowball hurtling through space. Whatever life there was on the planet, would cling to the scant spaces of relatively less cold. In case of plants, it was the areas where there was enough sunlight for photosynthesis to happen.

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13. Garden of Eden

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Well, it may be among the more far-fetched Ice Age facts, but many scientists are convinced that a Garden of Eden did exist. It was probably in Africa and was the only reason why our ancestors could survive the Ice Age. A handful of early homo-sapiens lasted the terrifying cold. They could reach the South African coast which was warmer than the rest of the world. The soil was rich and natural caves served as shelters. The supposed Garden of Eden was said to comprise only about a hundred people. But there’s no conclusive evidence to its existence.