Phanerozoic CO2 levels and global temperatures inferred from changing paleogeography
Published:January 01, 1994
Thomas R. Worsley, Thomas L. Moore, Carmen M. Fraticelli, Christopher R. Scotese, 1994. "Phanerozoic CO2 levels and global temperatures inferred from changing paleogeography", Pangea: Paleoclimate, Tectonics, and Sedimentation During Accretion, Zenith, and Breakup of a Supercontinent, George O. Klein
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A simple model that tracks global land area and its average latitude to specify CO2 levels and consequent surface temperatures has been used to infer paleotem-peratures of 20 Phanerozoic global paleogeographic reconstructions. The model is based on the premise that global CO2 levels and temperature are directly proportional to the average latitude of the world landmass and inversely proportional to total land area. In all 20 cases, inferred CO2 and paleotemperature values are plausible and generally compatible with previous estimates. However, raw model output must be refined to take into account changes in rates of other climate...