For decades, scientists have proposed that the planet may once have been a "Snowball Earth," and new research suggests oceans could have churned underneath an ice-covered Earth, potentially helping to provide life with vital nutrients.
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Around million years ago, much of the Earth's surface was covered in ice during a glaciation that lasted millions of years. Explosive underwater volcanoes were a major feature of this 'Snowball Earth,' according to new research.
Earth was a frozen Snowball when animals first evolved
What caused the largest glaciation event in Earth's history, known as 'snowball Earth'?Geologists and climate scientists have been searching for the answer for years but the root cause of the phenomenon remains elusive.
New details of a nightmare period on Earth with surface conditions as frigid as present-day central Antarctica at the equator have been revealed thanks to the publication of a study of ancient glacier water.