The climate of the earth is anything but regular with every year a repeat of the last. The White Earth Effect is the realization that what would happen if the earth was entirely covered in snow and ice? The bottom line – it would reflect the sunlight rather than absorbing it and hence the planet would never again move back to a warm climate. The critical understanding of the cyclical nature of our environment has been distorted by people trying to further personal agendas distorting real trends. The nonsense about Global Warming has done far more damage than most people realize. It has propagated false ideas about the world we live in that man is even capable or altering the climate covering up the fact that it is a dynamic cyclical system that we are not mothering to understand. This is as bad as assuming the earth is flat for it it were a ball how could people live upside down?
It would be nice just for once if people stopped grabbing bits of information and attributing that as proof of what is really a political movement for a hidden agenda. The earth is no more in a Global Warming trend caused by man than Elvis is still alive and on stage in Vegas.
The White Earth Effect also describes a theory that for millions of years the Earth was almost entirely smothered in ice, stretching from the poles to the tropics. This freezing happened over 650 million years ago in the Pre-Cambrian period though it’s now thought that there may have been more than one of these global glaciations. They varied in duration and extent but during a full-on snowball event, life could only cling on in ice-free refuges, or where sunlight managed to penetrate through the ice to allow photosynthesis. As long as there was some spots that could absorb sunlight, then the cycle would be capable of reversal.
The climate has always been a dynamic system that oscillates between extreme cold and extreme hot. Perhaps you recall the term Ice Age? Even the Sun is a thermic dynamic system that oscillates in a cycle of about 300 years between maximum and minimum energy output with a fluctuation range of about 15%. Climatologists have universally agreed that the long-term behavior of our planets oceans and atmosphere could at any point shift without reason (beyond a chaotic shift) from one that is very inhabitable to an icy tomb of doom from which there is no return.
The Father of Chaos Theory is Edward Norton Lorenz (1917–2008) who was an American mathematician and meteorologist. Lorenz was certainly THE pioneer in Chaos Theory. A professor at MIT, Lorenz was the first to recognize what is now called chaotic behavior in the mathematical modeling of weather systems.
During the 1950s, Lorenz observed that there was a cyclical non-linear nature to weather yet the field relied upon linear statistical models in meteorology to do weather forecasting. It was like trying to measure the circumference of a circle with a straight edge ruler. His work on the topic culminated in the publication of his 1963 paper Deterministic Non-periodic Flow in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, and with it, the foundation of chaos theory. During the early 1960s, Lorenz had access to early computers. He was running what he thought would be random numbers and began to observe there was a duality of a hidden repetitive nature. He graphed the numbers that were derived from his study of convection rolls in the atmosphere. What emerged has been perhaps one of the most important discoveries in modern time.
This illustration of the Lorenz Strange Attractor is incredibly important and was first reported in 1963. Lorenz’s discovery of a strange attractor was made during an effort to create a model of weather patterns. The actual experiment was an attempt to model atmospheric dynamics of the planet. It involved a truncated model of the Navier-Stokes equations. It is a visual example of a non-linear dynamic system corresponding to the long-term behavior in a cyclical manner revealing a hidden order we cannot otherwise observe.
Lorenz also discovered in 1969, that very minor differences in a dynamic nonlinear system could trigger vast and often unsuspected drastic results. These observations ultimately led him to formulate what became known as the term Butterfly Effect in 1969 regarding this fascinating discovery. Very tiny changes in what might appear to be minor data at the outset had a ripple effect throughout the entire system creating substantially different outcome. This term grew out of an academic paper he presented in 1972 entitled: “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set off a Tornado in Texas?”
From a dynamic system perspective, such a possibility that the earth could go to one extreme such as the White Earth Effect and fail to recover is not really just a matter of chance that could emerge out of nowhere. It was Lorenz who stated that it would take some “huge kick” of energy to upset the balance of our climate to such a degree. Lorenz called this system “almost-intransitivity”.
The White Earth Effect is what would happen if the climate moved cyclically to the extreme on the cold side. The Earth has for millions of years almost been entirely covered in ice, stretching from the poles to the tropics. This freezing happened over 650 million years ago in the Pre-Cambrian period. Some believe that there may have been more than one of these global glaciations. They varied in duration and extent but during one of these near White Earth Effects, life could only cling on in ice-free refuges, or where sunlight managed to penetrate through the ice to allow photosynthesis. If there was no such ice free zone, the cycle would stop as the ice would reflect the sunlight and the planet would stay cold.