Climates during the time of the dinosaurs

Earth has recorded traces that allow us to infer at least aspects of past climates, and indeed the flavor of the Mesozoic would be lost without some general sense of Mesozoic paleoclimates (ancient climates). Distributions of the land masses as well as the amount and distribution of the oceans on the globe drastically modify temperatures, humidity, and precipitation patterns. In the following, we explore this, comparing the extreme case of the continents coalesced into a single landmass (see Figure 2.5) with the equally extreme (but more familiar) case of the continents widely distributed around the globe (see Figure 2.7).

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