Many people say that Global Warming is the most urgent threat facing life on this planet. There is, however, one portion of the worlds population who could not care less, they are too involved in the quest by others for power. Then there is War, Famine and Death.
Yes, the editor believes in climate change; it has been happening since human being’s first walked on earth. Perhaps it is time to add another perspective.
Then perhaps something as simple as The Readers Digest Atlas of the World. Wikipedia is online and a lot can be sourced there.
Of course, Environmental Scientists could be consulted but would not their response be obvious.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:
John Gavin © 2011
According to a recent Parliamentary Report the Human Race, perhaps even the world, are doomed. Iceland's most active volcano, Grimsvotn has erupted. The Greens are inconsolable, school children are living in terror, al Qad’ia is reduced to a nonentity and thinking people are inclined to yawn. Who is right? Who is wrong? Isn’t another opportunity rife for a TV Evangelist to cash in on the end of the world and reap a fortune? Can you enlighten the uninformed? That is doubtful.
May I tell you a story? I am sure more can be found. Around 1968, A drag line clearing one of the main irrigation channels to the North of Pyramid Hill. Victoria. Unearthed what turned out to be a human skeleton. Some characteristics in (a) height (b) skull thickness and (c) shape were discernable. It was an old skeleton pretty well preserved with not many missing bones. It was thought to be some hundreds if not thousands of years in age. From the time of being unearthed, it was preserved and a continuity of possession was established on the direction of the Coroner. The skeleton was carried to Melbourne and lodged at the National Museum then at the Melbourne Library in Swanston Street. The delivery was duly receipted and for some years I received periodic requests from the Museum for the verification of the receipt and delivery of that skeleton. At the time the remains were tested it was found that the death occurred quite some distance to the south. Subsequent carbon dating found the skeleton to be many thousands of years old. It was concluded that an “Ice Age” resulted in the movement of the earths crust that pushed the earth and the skeleton from where it originally existed close to Mount Macedon, north to where it was discovered.
So, what does this reveal? That Australia experienced Ice Ages? We once had volcanic activity, violent eruptions; acid rain; and extremes of heat. For thousands of years the earth has been affected by periodic wet and dry periods, someone once said that cattle grazed on the Sahara Desert.
Now that is a start. Go back in history say 1000 years. Do you remember Eric the Red, the Viking Erik Thorvaldsson? He experienced “Climate Change” or was it Global Warming. The people of Greenland are presently waiting on the ice to withdraw and get back to the type of farming that Thorvaldsson established. Oh. The tragedy of it? Wikipedia say a little about Erik Thorvaldsson. We will start there before moving to the October 2010 edition of National Geographic and a story by Tim Folger with photography by Peter Essick. The caption to the above photo should be quoted. Viking Weather: “As Greenland returns to the warm climate that allowed Vikings to colonize it in the Middle Ages, its isolated and dependent people dream of greener fields and pastures—and also of oil from ice-free waters.”
The Readers Digest Atlas of the World is one easy place to commence your study of the development of the world; its land and oceans plus the emergence of life. The Atlas will tell you that life on earth began some 3.5 Billion Years ago, long before Human’s. The oceans were still only a few degrees below boiling point. About sixty-five million years ago, the Dinosaur started disappearing. Coincidentally? In the period that saw the demise of the Dinosaur, the first primates, the mammals to which man belongs appeared. Between 100,000 and thirty-five thousand years ago, Homus Erectus evolved into Homo Sapiens and in turn Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis.
About 35,000 years ago, the Neanderthals died out during the last ice-age which reached its height some 18,000 years ago and man, pretty much as we know him today, walked many parts of the earth, including Australia. There is every likelihood that a drop in global temperature of only four-degree Fahrenheit (two-degree Celsius.) will be the return of another ice-age. However, the more immediate threat of “Global warming” is addressed. The Atlas does mention that without any of the “Greenhouse Effect” that is at the forefront of Climate Change, the world would be so cold as to be uninhabitable.
Now, what was Australia like when the ancestors of the aboriginal race walked the shoreline of the continent and survived in the “dead heart.” There is no doubt that a great inland sea dominated a large portion of central Australia. Anyone who has mined opal in Coober Pedy, seventy-feet underground, has found sea-shell, some fossilized and some opalised, in abundance.
Lake Eyre, at the time of writing, is a huge freshwater lake that is fed by water from the channel country of
This controversial story is not and is not intended to be a scientific analysis or hypothesis. It is up to the individual reader to research the basics of what is said if this comment is to be refuted.