Heat over ice

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015 | 02:50:09 AM

The theory that polar regions once experienced summers while the tropics froze under ice has recently been challenged by Darren Williams of Pennsylvania State University in usa. According to him, many organisms which survived this period would have died off if this had happened. Instead, Williams believes that the Earth's polar axis once tilted down towards the sun at an angle 54 degrees or more. Polar regions would then have received more solar energy than the equator, and the glaciers could have grown in the tropics, while the poles would have stayed ice-free.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.