Conflicts with Climate

Conflicts with Climate

  • Submitted By: kornico3789
  • Date Submitted: 10/01/2008 2:26 PM
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-1Conflicts with Climate

Like man, the Earth has undertaken several evolutions for billions of years. This change allows any form of life to exist and causes and various human civilizations to rise and develop in a consistent climate. For thousands of years our climate is in balance. Photosynthesis enriches our planet with oxygen as plants absorb carbon dioxide. Special clay minerals absorb oxygen-consuming compounds into the sea floor for marine life to use. Volcanic eruptions release particles to cool the Earth’s surface temporarily.

Massive industrialization and modernization brought not only technological leaps and advances to the human race but also its adverse effects one of which is climate change. In reality, climate change is the primary cause why there existed an Ice Age about 500 million years ago. The earth's climate is dynamic and always changing through a natural cycle.

Natural causes: What should have happened
1.Continental Drift
You may have noticed something peculiar about South America and Africa on a map of the world - don't they seem to fit into each other like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle? About 200 million years ago, they were joined together! Scientists believe that the continents were all part of one large landmass. Proof of this comes from the similarity between plant and animal fossils and broad belts of rocks found on the eastern coastline of South America and western coastline of Africa, which are now widely separated by the Atlantic Ocean. The discovery of fossils of tropical plants (in the form of coal deposits) in Antarctica has led to the conclusion that this frozen land at some time in the past, must have been situated closer to the equator, where the climate was tropical, with swamps and plenty of lush vegetation. This drift also had an impact on the climate because it changed the physical features of the landmass, their position and the position of water bodies. The separation of the landmasses changed the flow...

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