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Two Mile Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb

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    As I watched the coverage of this storm on tv, I was struck by the description of the sheer size of the tornado, close to 2 miles wide, so I went back to the time when I stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon,where there was placard that said the width of the canyon at its wides point was something like 1.8 miles wide, and then I thought, this tornado was so wide that it could not fit in the Grand Canyon without touching the sides, that is nothing short of awesome and down right scary, and if we as a species had anything to do with this type of storm, all I can say is what was said in a long ago tv commercial, Don't mess with Mother Nature.
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    I never thought the global warming issue was complicated. I mean, what do we call the geologic era that coal and oil were produced? And if convert all coal and oil to gases what will call that era?
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    GemsWoven Wrote: I never thought the global warming issue was complicated. I mean, what do we call the geologic era that coal and oil were produced? And if convert all coal and oil to gases what will call that era?
    Coal and oil really weren't 'produced.' They developed of hundreds of millions of years. When plant life would pull CO2 out of the air it releases O2. That extra carbon is kept by the plant and used for various things. Some of the plants that died would get buried under sediment and that carbon was kept beneath the earth. As that carbon amassed, it would interact with water and other elements to become oil. What the human race has done, is take hundreds of millions of years worth of carbon and released into the atmosphere over the course of 150 years. Way faster than our current plant population can handle.

    So there isn't really a geological era that all the oil was 'produced' in. It was just built up over many eras.
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    Some twenty million years ago the whale population was so large it could support a shark bigger than a bus. The eco system had to be producing a massive amount of plankton. And given where off shore oil fields are found it seems a bunch of oil was produced relatively quick.