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  1. #1 Ice cap formation leads to warming? 
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    Hi,

    Why would the formation of an ice cap lead to an increase in the global average temperature?

    If anyone wants to know, the formation of a large ice cap over Antarctica during the late Miocene period caused a drop in sea level and a slight warming period. I'm trying to figure out why it warmed. The only thing that I can think of is that the drop in sea level may have reduced precipitation. The specific focus is on Africa.

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    i thought long lemi edit this...


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    That's NOT what I'm asking. I'm asking why the formation of an ice cap would increase warming.

    Also, I don't think the melting of the ice caps would necessarily cause global warming. I think that if the ice caps melt there would be a major decrease in earth's albedo, leading to a massive increase in the amount of incoming solar flux absorbed. That would increase temperature.
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    ya i know i posted rong sorry
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