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(Science Recorder)   ♫O Canada, Our home and native land, True dinosaurs in all thy humble land. With glowing rocks we see heat rise, The True North wet and free, From far and wide, O Canada, we change our climate for thee♫   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, dinosaurs, Younger Dryas, climate change, Near East, Mineralogy, Geochemistry, glowing, environmental stresses  
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2013-09-04 09:23:43 AM  
I wish I had a younger dryas.
2013-09-04 09:37:42 AM  
Good thing the Leafs never make it far into the playoffs. Their rink would be melted out by the middle of May.
2013-09-04 09:57:49 AM  
What nonsense is that? This is Canada's anthem:

Our country reeks of trees
Our yaks are really large
And they smell like rotting beef carcasses.
And we have to clean-up after them
And our saddle sores are the best.
We proudly wear women's clothing.
And searing sand blows up our skirts.
And buzzards, they soar overhead.
And poisonous snakes devour us whole.
Our bones will bleach in the sun.
And we will probably go to * * * *.
And that is our great reward
For being the royal
Canadian kilted yaksmen!
2013-09-04 10:57:28 AM  
Neat! Thanks subby.
2013-09-04 11:00:35 AM  
I give you a choice of three anthems.



2013-09-04 11:04:56 AM  

ds_4815: Dos

okay, anything with Muppets is awesome
2013-09-04 11:08:14 AM  

StopLurkListen: Neat! Thanks subby.

you're welcome! I'm glad someone enjoyed the effort I put into this rewriting without caffeine this morning

/but seriously, thanks. that means a lot
2013-09-04 11:56:50 AM  
Although many scientists agree on the fact that these environmental alterations took place, there has been heated debate over the cause of these changes. The traditional view of the Younger Dryas cooling episode has been that an ice dam in the North American ice sheet broke open, sending a huge amount of freshwater into the Atlantic Ocean. The rapid arrival of freshwater is believed to have stopped the ocean currents that transport tropical water northward, leading to the cold, dry climate of the Younger Dryas.
However, the researchers have found definite evidence connecting a cosmic crash with this climate alteration. The research looked at spherules, or droplets of solidified molten rock discharged by the impact of a cosmic crash. These particular spherules were obtained from Younger Dryas boundary layers at locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. According to the researchers, the geochemistry and mineralogy features of the spherules are the same as rock discovered in southern Quebec, where the researchers think the cosmic crash occurred.

What about both? An impact cause and ice dam to break resulting in a rush of fresh water into the Atlantic. Add to that all the ejecta from the impact reducing the amount of solar energy reaching the surface and you have a nice combo punch to cause an extinction event.
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