Dust flux, Vostok ice core

Dust flux, Vostok ice core
Two dimensional phase space reconstruction of dust flux from the Vostok core over the period 186-4 ka using the time derivative method. Dust flux on the x-axis, rate of change is on the y-axis. From Gipp (2001).

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Global warming and oil reserves: A potentially beautiful symbiosis

A recent publication in Geophysical Research Letters concludes that a past episode of global warming (during the Eocene epoch) resulted in higher rates of petroleum formation.

Thus one of our serious problems--global warming--could help mitigate a very serious problem--petroleum depletion. Ongoing warming (anthropogenic or not) may lead to rapid (well, geologically speaking) replenishment of oil fields (say on a ten-million year timescale, for those of you who can wait).

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