Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Clim. Past, 17, 2515–2536, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-2515-2021
Clim. Past, 17, 2515–2536, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-2515-2021

Research article 03 Dec 2021

Research article | 03 Dec 2021

Climate and ecology in the Rocky Mountain interior after the early Eocene Climatic Optimum

Rebekah A. Stein et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on cp-2021-45', Anonymous Referee #1, 28 May 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Rebekah Stein, 23 Jul 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on cp-2021-45', Erik Gulbranson, 28 May 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Rebekah Stein, 23 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (03 Sep 2021) by Alberto Reyes
AR by Rebekah Stein on behalf of the Authors (10 Sep 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Sep 2021) by Alberto Reyes
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (20 Oct 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (27 Oct 2021) by Alberto Reyes
AR by Rebekah Stein on behalf of the Authors (27 Oct 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 Oct 2021) by Alberto Reyes
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Short summary
Modern climate change drives us to look to the past to understand how well prior life adapted to warm periods. In the early Eocene, a warm period approximately 50 million years ago, southwestern Wyoming was covered by a giant lake. This lake and surrounding environments made for excellent preservation of ancient soils, plant fossils, and more. Using geochemical tools and plant fossils, we determine the region was a warm, wet forest and that elevated temperatures were maintained by volcanoes.