August 10, 2006


Arctic Thawed In Prehistoric Global Warming (Steve Connor, 10 August 2006, The Independent)

The last time massive amounts of greenhouse gases were released into the atmosphere, the North Pole was an ice-free expanse of open ocean that was teeming with tropical organisms, a study has found.

Scientists have discovered that the complete disappearance of the Arctic sea ice, 55 million years ago, coincided with a dramatic increase in concentrations of carbon dioxide or methane in the atmosphere - which must have caused global warming.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2006 2:30 PM

And the bushmen emerged from their cold caves and discovered oil. The rest is history.

Posted by: obc at August 10, 2006 2:46 PM

"Scientists are not sure what caused the warming, which occurred over a relatively rapid geological period of 100,000 years. But they think it may have been due either to the release of vast deposits of carbon-containing methane stored on the sea floor, or the massive release of carbon dioxide from volcanic eruptions."

Actually, I think that was about the time I bought my Suburban AND by bass boat. Sorry about that.

Posted by: JonSK at August 10, 2006 3:48 PM

Humans at that time didn't listen to Gore and warmed up the globe, thus plunged the world into an ice age.

Posted by: ic at August 10, 2006 4:23 PM

It happened at the same time that dinosaurs discovered of tobacco. (Think of the size of a stogie required by a brontosaurus.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 10, 2006 4:45 PM
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