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The Earth's Worst Climate Disaster

Kopp, Robert E. and Kirschvink, Joseph L. (2004) The Earth's Worst Climate Disaster. In: Miracle Planet II: The Evolution of Our World (Japanese). NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) , Tokyo, Japan. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:KOPnhk04

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Abstract

Scientists, environmentalists, and the wiser members of the political class worry today about global climate change. Will rising tides plunge Tokyo, London, and New York beneath the ocean’s waves? Will meltwater pouring off of North America shift the circulation of the North Atlantic Ocean and plunge Europe into an Ice Age? Yet, as worrisome as these prospects are, the Earth has faced far greater climatic catastrophes in the past. The greatest among these was the Paleoproterozoic Snowball Earth event, which 2.3 billion years ago smothered the planet with a blanket of ice for tens of millions of years.


Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:This article was published in Japanese translation in a book to accompany the Japanese television series "Miracle Planet II: The Evolution of Our World."
Subject Keywords:Paleoproterozoic, Snowball Earth, oxygen, cyanobacteria
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:KOPnhk04
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:KOPnhk04
Official Citation:R. E. Kopp and J. L. Kirschvink (2004). The world's worst climate disaster. In: Miracle Planet II: The Evolution of Our World. Tokyo: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). [published in Japanese]
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:7185
Collection:CaltechAUTHORS
Deposited By: Robert E. Kopp
Deposited On:16 Jan 2007
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 09:29

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