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Originally posted by mrsdudara
If the earth tilted on its axis to where it was straight up and down, there would not be any cold arctic areas. The temperatures would then even out.
Originally posted by Indy
The idea for this thread comes from an unlikely place. The idea comes from a very bad movie Category 7 where they talk about chunks of the mesosphere collapsing. The movie is/was horrible so I won't being it up again in this thread.
We all know that hot air rises and cold air sinks. Yet warm air is trapped at the surface and cold air is trapped aloft. What keeps the cold air aloft from getting disrupted enough to sink to the surface or at least attempt to mix with the warmer air below resulting in catastrophic storms?
Could a collapse of the atmosphere thousands of years ago have triggered the kind of superstorm that is speculated to have started the last ice age?
Are such events the triggers for things such as the famous Noah flood?
Originally posted by spacedoubt
What about an atmospheric "turnover"?
SImilar to what happens in lakes, when the layers become disturbed.
This is what happened in Cameroon, when a landslide caused lower layers to punch through the upper layers..releasing dissolved CO2..and killing many villagers nearby..It was like shaking up, and opening a bottle of soda.
It also happens to a lake near my home, every season...(no dissolved CO2 though)
I suppose the only way to disturb the atmosphere in a similar manner would be amassive Volacanic eruption like the 1815 eruption of Tambora...