Category Archives: Oceanography

Reversals and the Carbon Dioxide Wind.

The most astonishing lesson in physics gained from floating rivers is the inclination of water to reverse direction and flow back into a “hole”. Even in the steepest rapid and in spite of its tremendous weight and momentum, when an … Continue reading

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Structural Similarities Observed in ENSO Neutered Atmospheric Temperatures and Ocean Enthalpy

Signal lies in structure. Atmospheric temperature for the last decade and a half has made it abundantly clear that there is much more going on than the optical and radiative properties of carbon dioxide. The converse possibility that oceans, which … Continue reading

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Loose Fire Hose and the Aborted Nino

The Antarctic vortex is a whirling dervish that extends from the stratosphere to the deep ocean. Inside the steep gradients that drive this circulation everything is reflected inward and contained. Outside the dervish everything that contacts it receives angular momentum. … Continue reading

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Carbon and Freight Trains

Everyone seems to think that carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere and sort of sits there like some invisible smoke, trapping outgoing IR like our automobile windshields and heating us up. Carbon dioxide is more like a freight train. Humans … Continue reading

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Seafloor Isochrons Place a Hard Limit on Crustal Disintegration from the Chicxulub Impact

I always thought the entire form of the Gulf of Mexico might be the crater from the Chicxulub impact reputed to have wasted the dinosaurs. My imagination runs with that name. So much to work with. Chicxyclub…well, Club Med impact … Continue reading

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An Argument for the Necessary Existence of Negative Feedback to the Greenhouse Effect of Water Vapor.

A crucial component of the hypothesis that the one part in ten thousand in the atmosphere that represents human CO2 caused the atmospheric warming from the late 1970’s to the late 1990’s is the notion that the miniscule warming by … Continue reading

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A simple calculation on Ocean Acidification

A recent article in Science, “Rising Acidity Brings an Ocean of Trouble” claims that post industrial human CO2 has lowered ocean pH from 8.2 to 8.1. This is an extraordinary claim since there were no preindustrial ARGO floats to establish … Continue reading

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Global UV Increase from 1979-2008 Correlated with Global Warming

As we delve into the fractal complexities of nature it is easy to overlook very simple things. The hypothesis of human global warming is based on the correlation of the slopes of global atmospheric temperature increase from the late 1970’s to the … Continue reading

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Where’s the pull?

I have this slab pull problem. It started when my brother (a geoscientist) alerted me to the latest tectonic trend. It seems those inclined to mathematically model the lithosphere are unable to find an equation to express the spreading at … Continue reading

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A couple interesting papers

Sulfate Burial Constraints on the Phanerozoic Sulfur Cycle Halevy, et al. Science 20 July 2012: 331-334.DOI:10.1126/science.1220224 Rapid Variability of Seawater Chemistry Over the Past 130 Million Years Wortmann, et al. Science 20 July 2012: 334-336.DOI:10.1126/science.1220656 Sulfur has hit the radar. … Continue reading

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