For the past several weeks, I have been planning on sending the link to “The Grand View: 4 Billion Years Of Climate Change”. The article is from the book “The Resilient Earth” by Doug Hoffman and Allen Simmons. It is really informative and for those of us that can’t keep on geological Eras, Periods, or the years relating to them straight, it is a reference you might want to keep.
To give you a taste of what is covered, look at the following:
That concludes our whirlwind tour of Earth’s climate history. There are a number of observations that can be made from our overview of the Phanerozoic:
Earth’s temperature is always changing.
Over time there have been periods when it has been colder than it is today.
For most of the Phanerozoic it has been much warmer than it is today.
Life has persisted during periods both hot and cold.
There is no one “right” temperature.
Carbon dioxide has always been present in Earth’s atmosphere.
Over time there have been periods when CO2 has increased and decreased naturally.
For most of the Phanerozoic it has been much higher than it is today.
Life has persisted during periods with high CO2 and low CO2.
CO2 levels will change with or without human contributions.
Over time there have been a number of ice ages—Life has endured multiple ice ages.
For most of the Phanerozoic there have been no persistent polar ice caps.
Eras and Periods from The Resilient Earth
To read the article click here