Ring of Ice, Ring of FireEveryone
knows the Ice Age was a time when
the Earth cooled, glaciers moved
down from the North, and the
mammoths froze. However, everyone is
Feb 25, 2010
in the Arctic get little
precipitation, and a mile or more of
ice is a lot of water. Before it can
fall as snow, it has to evaporate
from the ocean and be transported.
John Tyndall, a prominent British
physicist, realized in 1883 that a
mountain of ice in the North
requires a lot of energy everywhere
else, which means heat. An ice age
requires not a cooler climate but a
warmer one with a cold spot where
the ice is.
That lands near the pole were warm
and ice-free during the Ice Age has
been known—and ignored—since the
1700s. Tools and other signs of
human habitation are
(conventionally) at least 30,000
Pleistocene remains indicate that
extensive grasslands supported large
populations of many animal species.
This warm climate stretched across
the northern parts of Siberia,
Alaska, Canada, and Greenland, while
land to the South was buried under
thousands of feet of ice. Further
south, beyond the ice, the warm
climate again asserted itself.
Glacial scratches in rock show that
the ice moved not from the pole but
from a number of localized sources.
It melted back in a similar way,
retreating to local high points from
all directions, not generally from
south to north.
It all but disappeared during the
ensuing interglacial period. The
mammoths and the other species now
discovered melting out of the
permafrost flourished for another
several thousand years before being
quick-frozen in the purée of flesh,
fiber, and gravel that covers the
Arctic today. A correct map of the
data shows that the ice occurred in
a ring around the pole.
In his recent book
Primordial Star, Dwardu Cardona
correlates this ring of ice with the
ring of the aurora, such as in the
image at the top of the page showing
the auroral oval taken by the
Ultraviolet Imager (UVI) onboard the
NASA satellite "Polar" on April 4,
1997. With nearly the same
diameters, the ring of fiery plasma
that makes up present-day auroras
would shine its ghostly light on top
of the ring of Pleistocene
The present-day aurora is almost
transparent, but plasma toroids
(called conventionally accretion
disks) around flaring dwarf stars
are dusty and opaque. Given the
situation described in Cardona’s
God Star and
Flare Star, the Pleistocene sun
would have been such an episodically
flaring brown dwarf star.
Presumably, auroral toroids in such
an environment would also be dusty
and opaque. Because Earth and the
brown dwarf would have been aligned
on the same axis, as we see with the
“jets” in Herbig-Haro stars, the
Pleistocene sun would have been
immobile at the north celestial
pole. The opaque auroral ring would
have cast a permanent shadow onto
the Earth at precisely the location
of the glacial ring.
The cold temperatures in the
shadowed lands would keep the
precipitation from warmer lands
beyond from melting, and a ring of
ice would have accumulated beneath
the ring of auroral fire.
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