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Research shows Antarctica at one time had mild weather and palms and conifers

Wednesday, August 1st 2012 - 22:33 UTC
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Scientists drilling deep into the edge of modern Antarctica have pulled up proof that palm trees once grew there. Analyses of pollen and spores and the remains of tiny creatures have given a climatic picture of the early Eocene period, about 53 million years ago. Read full article

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  • DennisA

    “the more it seems that the models we're using now are not overestimating the [climatic] change over the next few centuries”

    What nonsense. Where did the “excess” CO2 come from? From a warming ocean reulting from changes in solar activity, changes in planetary inclination in relation to the sun and a myriad of other things that contribute to long term climate. Even when they find evidence that our current climate is not unique, they still try to slant it to “human induced global warming”. Current warming did not start 150 years ago with the Industrial Revolution, it started with a gradual release from the Little Ice Age. We are at the moment in a cooling cycle again.

    Aug 02nd, 2012 - 08:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bongo

    My mother told me that Antarctica was once warm and had trees when I was 10, and that was 42 years ago.

    Aug 02nd, 2012 - 12:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jon Skuland

    52 million years old pollen?? Still fresh??

    The article clearly indicates that “with the sediment came pollen grains from palmtrees”

    And they want me to really belive that these grains are 52 (or53) MILLION YEARS old and still FRESH?

    They clearly are fresh, but cannot be MILLIONS of years old!!

    Get a grip!

    Aug 03rd, 2012 - 08:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bongo

    I admit, the grammar in my last post sucked.

    My mother told me about trees in Antarctica when I was ten, not that trees were THERE when I was 10.

    Sheesh.

    The 53 million years old date is arrived at through uniformitan assumptions and interpreting data through a specific paradigm.

    Aug 03rd, 2012 - 11:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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