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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Earth at Night

Pretty neat. I think it makes those "carbon footprint" figures more understandable. This picture was obviously taken during a solar eclipse...

3 comments:

  1. She's a beauty...

    However, there was no solar eclipse on 11 August 2002, the date on the image. Also, no eclipse ever casts shadow on the entire earth at once.

    Think digital compositing...

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  2. Since I am still trying to understand the nuances of various money supply numbers, I have not been able to take on an entire study of climatology, as it appears the rest of the world has done, given the strong conclusions most have reached about the carbon "problem".

    However, I did find this interesting, ahem, empirical data about carbon levels:

    "There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth's temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years. On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?"

    --Tim Patterson, paleoclimatologist and Professor of Geology at Carleton University in Canada

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/harris061206.htm

    Pretty map though showing the superior progress made by relatively free countries.

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  3. However, there was no solar eclipse on 11 August 2002, the date on the image. Also, no eclipse ever casts shadow on the entire earth at once.

    I thought someone might also point out that the earth is a sphere, so taking a picture like this would be difficult.

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