Astronomical Solution Of The Ancient And Modern Climates -- By: John Lowell Butler
BSac 89:353 (Jan 1932) p. 68
Astronomical Solution Of The Ancient And Modern Climates
Often we make many attempts to solve a difficult problem before we succeed. Each time we do our best we approach a more correct answer, or, we prepare ourselves for an appreciation of the final solution. The climates of our world constitute a major problem in which there are many perplexing details. So far all attempts to solve this major problem have come short of the final answer, which answer must be satisfactory to everyone who is familiar with all the known related facts and laws of nature. But in the face of this discouragement, and encouragement, we find a new way to try again. Lunar and solar astronomy, when combined, give us the major answer to the perplexing problem of the Earth’s ancient and modern climates. Considering our Moon as having once been self-luminous like our Sun, we immediately find a large number of geological and astronomical problems harmoniously solved.
Associated with our modern zonal climates we observe that there are certain types of plants and animals that are characteristic of their respective climates. The freezing cold of the Temperate Belts and the Polar Countries kills oft many types of plants that grow in the Tropics, such as: citrus trees, palms, bananas, certain ferns, pineapples, bread-fruit trees, etc. Most of the hard-wood forests are confined to the Tropics, where freezing temperatures are never experienced.
With similar facts in mind men have roamed over the surface of the Earth from the North Pole to the South Pole and from the East to the West to discover the remains of plants and animals that were buried long ago and to read in their types and distribution the climate of the Earth during the time that they were alive. At first we were surprised when we learned that in our present cold countries men found many fossils of warm climate plants and animals, such as palm trees and magnolias in
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Canada, palms and bread-fruit trees in the icy island of Greenland, and warm-water corals in and near the Arctic Circle. Bat now our knowledge of this evidence has become so abundant that we have ceased to question its reliability, and have turned to the task of trying to find why our entire planet once enjoyed a subtropically warm and moist climate, in which there were no temperate and arctic zones and no freezing cold winters.
The problem of the ancient warm climate of the Earth is further complicated by the notable lack of desert fossils. In other words, there were no hot deserts anywhere on the Earth during the time that our planet was enjoying its universal greenhouse climate.
According to the well-substantiated conclusions o...
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