Quiet sun could cause 'mini ice age'

Quiet sun could cause 'mini ice age'

Quiet sun could cause 'mini ice age'

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 1:34 PM

Although 2013 marked one of the warmest years in recent history, low sun activity may be sending the earth into a “mini ice age,” according to a recent BBC report.

Right now, the sun should be at its 11-year activity peak, with sunspots exploding and sending massive flares of heat into the solar system. But, according to a BBC World Service report, scientists said the sun has been relatively dormant.

This could send the earth into a mini ice age, the scientists said.

The sun’s inactivity mirrors a period in the 1600s called the Maunder Minimum. 

During that period, the earth experienced a mini ice age. Snow cover increased across the globe and normally warm bodies of water iced over.

Scientists told the BBC there is a 20 percent chance the sun will send the planet into a mini ice age again. If it did, it would start in about 40 years.

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