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Unformatted text preview: Distribution of Earth’s water-Earth’s water: 97% ocean 3% fresh water-Freshwater: 68% icecaps and glaciers, 30% ground water-Fresh surface water: 87% lakes Warming at the end of the Pleistocene melted continental glaciers and caused rapid sea level rise-Pleistocene 1.6 million to 10,000 years ago-Holocene 10,000 years ago to present-Sea level rose about 120 m in about 8000 yr or 1.5 cm/yr-Presently sea level is rising at a rate of .17 cm/yr. Sea level rise from melting glaciers will inundate coastal areas-There is a high risk of completely flooding New Orleans...
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- Fall '08
- sea level, dioxide (cars)