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The Late Paleozoic ice age, one of the most severe glaciations in Earth history, came to an end in the Permian. Poulsen et al. use numerical climate-biome models to demonstrate that the deglaciation of high-latitude Gondwana likely had an enormous impact on tropical climate and environments. Climate model results indicate that the deglaciation of Gondwana may have led to warming, aridification, and desertification of equatorial Pangea. These model results are consistent with Late Paleozoic proxies of climate change, and imply a tight linkage between high- and low-latitude climate change.
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