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[pey-lee-oh-klahy-muh-tol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌklaɪ məˈtɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/
the branch of paleogeography dealing with the study of paleoclimates.
Origin of paleoclimatology
First recorded in 1915-20; paleo- + climatology
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paleoclimatological [pey-lee-oh-klahy-muh-tl-oj-i-kuh l or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌklaɪ mə tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ (Show IPA), paleoclimatologic, adjective
paleoclimatologist, noun Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for paleoclimatology

also paleo-climatology, 1920, from paleo- + climatology. Related: Paleoclimatologist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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paleoclimatology in Science
The scientific study of climatic conditions, along with their causes and effects, in the geologic past. These conditions are reconstructed on the basis of evidence found in the geologic record, especially in the form of glacial deposits, fossils, sediments, and rock and ice cores. Because much of the geologic record studied in paleoclimatology predates humans, this research is valuable for weighing the relative influence of human and natural causes of global climate change. It also provides test situations for computerized climate modeling systems used to predict present-day climate changes.
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