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Pages 431-432

Climate is the product of so many variables - rising and falling carbon dioxide levels, the shifts of continents, solar activity, the stately wobbles of the Milankovitch cycles - that it is as difficult to comprehend the events of the past as it is to predict those of the future. Much is simply beyond us.

Take Antarctica. For at least twenty million years after it settled over the South Pole Antarctica remained covered in plants and free of ice. That simply shouldn't have been possible.

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yesididit
Oct. 2nd, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
sounds very interesting! another book added to my list, thank you.
rinalia
Oct. 4th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
The book is super fascinating!
lipsoflove
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh my! I've always wanted to read that book! Is it amazing and/or a good read? I also kind of want to get it on CD. I think it'll be a good audio book.
rinalia
Oct. 4th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'd say it's pretty amazing and a good read. Bryson makes what could be drab subjects pretty fascinating and fun!
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