Saturday, March 29, 2014

OH, NOES: Thanks to global warming, the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be beachfront property

Oh, my bad.

I meant that Kentucky was beachfront property... just 100 million years ago.

During the Cretaceous, 139-65 million years ago, shallow seas covered much of the southern United States. These tropical waters were productive–giving rise to tiny marine plankton with carbonate skeletons which overtime accumulated into massive chalk formations. The chalk, both alkaline and porous, lead to fertile and well-drained soils in a band, mirroring that ancient coastline and stretching across the now much drier South...

...Over time this rich soil produced an amazingly productive agricultural region...

I'm so confused. If the "human virus" has damaged the planet so badly, why would the sea be returning to the levels of pre-human days?

That is, if sea levels really are rising. Which, of course, they are not.

Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News


Mike aka Proof said...

So, the original "Northwest passage" was from Houston to Alberta??

GDCritter said...

Please note that there's a lot more going on here than just a rise in the sea level. The deepest water in that western passage runs right up the continental divide in New Mexico and Colorado on up through the Canadian Rockies - we're talking high Rocky Mountains, much of the range from 1 to 2 miles above sea level. Yes, the area was covered in shallow seas millions of years ago. But the water didn't retreat much - the land was pushed up.