Monday, March 13, 2017

A Few Examples Of Past Climates

• Miocene Climate
The climate during the Miocene was similar to today's climate, but warmer. Well-defined climatic belts stretched from Pole to Equator, however, there were palm trees and alligators in England and Northern Europe. Australia was less arid than it is now

• Early Cretaceous Climate
The Early Cretaceous was a mild "Ice House" world. There was snow and ice during the winter seasons, and Cool Temperate forests covered the polar regions

• Early & Middle Jurassic Climate
The Pangean continent Mega-monsoon was in full swing during the Early and Middle Jurassic. The interior of Pangea was very arid and hot. Deserts covered what is now the Amazon and Congo rainforests. China, surrounded by moisture bearing winds was lush and verdant

• Early Permian Climate (280million years ago)
Much of the Southern Hemisphere was covered by ice as glaciers pushed northward. Coal was produced in both Equatorial rainforests and in Temperate forests during the warmer "Interglacial" periods

• Late Devonian Climate (360 million years ago)
During the Late Devonian Pangea began to assemble Thick coals formed for the first time in the tropical rainforests in the Canadian Arctic and in southern China. Glaciers covered parts of the Amazon Basin, which was located close to the South Pole

• Silurian Climate (420 million years ago)
Coral reefs thrived in the clear sunny skies of the southern Arid belt which stretched across North America and northern Europe. Lingering glacial condiitons prevailed near the South Pole

• Early Ordovician Climate (480 million years ago) Mild climates probably covered most of the globe. The continents were flooded by the oceans creating warm, broad tropical seaways

Source of Information : Climate Change: A Silent Threat by Sylvain Richer de Forges
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