The Climate Through Time

The Climate Through Time
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The Climate through time poster and online map illustrates the links between our planet’s changing climate and the different rocks that formed as environmental conditions varied through geological time.

Earth’s climate has changed throughout the billions of years of our planet’s geological history. Evidence for past climate, including the extreme conditions linked to mass extinctions, can be found in the rocks around us. Many rock-forming environments are directly influenced by climate. Were your local rocks formed in a desert, or a tropical swamp, or on a cold seabed? And what evidence can we find to show that these environments really existed millions of years ago?

Visit the British Geological Society website to download the resources.

Made in collaboration with NERC