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Hellish Warming Event in Earth's Ancient Past Triggered by Rare Orbital Quirk in Space

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he PETM, like other extreme heating episodes in Earth's ancient past, is considered an analogue for the anthropogenic climate change we see unfolding in the world today.

But while Earth's current predicament can be attributed squarely to human activity, the mysterious origins of the PETM's heatwave have never been totally understood. What triggered it?

In a new study, scientists say they have an answer: Earth's orbital eccentricity in a Solar System defined by chaos.

According to oceanographer Richard Zeebe from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and geoscientist Lucas Lourens from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, the PETM occurred close to an 'eccentricity maximum' in Earth's orbit of the Sun.

In other words: a point where, during an epic 405,000-year astronomical cycle, Earth most clearly deviated from a perfect circle in orbiting the Sun, inviting world-changing consequences if the eccentricity exposed Earth to more solar radiation.

and more cool stuff on:
https://www.sciencealert.com/hellish-warming-event-in-earth-s-ancient-past-triggered-by-rare-orbital-quirk-in-space

So we finally know what triggered the PETM. Pretty cool.  8)
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Hellish Warming Event in Earth's Ancient Past Triggered by Rare Orbital Quirk in Space

In a new study, scientists say they have an answer: Earth's orbital eccentricity in a Solar System defined by chaos.

According to oceanographer Richard Zeebe from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and geoscientist Lucas Lourens from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, the PETM occurred close to an 'eccentricity maximum' in Earth's orbit of the Sun.

In other words: a point where, during an epic 405,000-year astronomical cycle, Earth most clearly deviated from a perfect circle in orbiting the Sun, inviting world-changing consequences if the eccentricity exposed Earth to more solar radiation.
Poor old Newton.

His clockwork solar system upended by Chaos Theory. Mind you, clockwork still works for our lifetimes, and the way things are going, probably for the lifetime of Homo Sapiens. (Extinction or idiocracy?)
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Here is how bad the Eocene was:
A new model of the Earth's climate 50 million years ago is revealing worrisome clues about what our future could look like
https://www.insider.com/model-of-eocene-warming-could-improve-predictions-about-climate-change-2019-9
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That model's calculations turned out to match up with what scientists already knew based on geological evidence: that the Earth had warm temperatures globally during the Eocene, with only a small difference in temperatures between the poles and the equator. The epoch began with a temperature rise of 5 to 9 degrees Celsius.

Before the Eocene even started, global sea levels were estimated to be 40 to 100 meters higher than they are currently. Then sea levels rose even more for millions of years due to a lack of ice on the poles. In the Arctic Circle, there were crocodiles, palm trees, and sand tiger sharks.

and
A WORLD OF SEARING HEAT AND MELTED ICE CAPS: CLIMATE MODEL OF EARLY EOCENE IS 'SCARY FINDING' FOR EARTH'S FUTURE
https://www.newsweek.com/co2-climate-change-early-eocene-scary-1459956
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"We were surprised that the climate sensitivity increased as much as it did with increasing carbon dioxide levels," Jiang Zhu, an environmental research fellow at the University of Michigan, said in a statement. "It is a scary finding because it indicates that the temperature response to an increase in carbon dioxide in the future might be larger than the response to the same increase in CO2 now. This is not good news for us."
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"Earth most clearly deviated from a perfect circle in orbiting the Sun" = reached maximum eccentricity, in everyday terms. The article writer did not say that at other times Earth does orbit in a perfect circle.