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  • Antarctica at the centre of the ice age CO2 mystery
    Twenty thousand years ago, humans were still nomadic hunters and gatherers, and low concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere had allowed the Earth to fall into the grip of an ice age. Despite decades of research, the reasons why the CO2 was so low during the ice age have been vexingly difficult to piece together.

    New research, published today in Nature, shows that a big part of the answer lies at the bottom of the world. Sediment samples from the seafloor, more than 3 km beneath the surface of the ocean near Antarctica, support a long-standing hypothesis that there was more CO2 dissolved in the deep Southern Ocean at times when the CO2 was low.

    (media release, 3.2.2016)

    southern ocean

  • Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences:

    Have your Bachelor studies infected you with a fascination for Geology? Are you interested in pursuing your studies at the Master level? Do you wish to train for an exciting career in research or industry?

  • Visit the website of the Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences for further information.

    MSc in Earth Sciences: thesis topics

    Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences

  • Geologie StudiumStudying Geology: Are you fascinated by nature and would you like to be involved in science outdoors? You can obtain more information on the BSc or MSc curriculum from our Students' Page (degree regulation, weekly course schedule and course calendar). If you have questions please contact our course advisor or the representative of our Student Society (GMF). As an appetizer, take a look at our photo gallery!

  • The research groups at the Institute present their activities. Do you wish to search for a person or a publication?


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