Big Picture Science – We Can Rebuild It

by Gary Niederhoff on May 18, 2014

Big Picture Science – We Can Rebuild It

What goes up must come down. But it’s human nature to want to put things back together again. It can even be a matter of survival in the wake of some natural or manmade disasters.

First, a portrait of disaster: the eruption of Tambora in 1815 is the biggest volcanic explosion in 5,000 years. It changed the course of history, although few people have heard of it.

Then, stories of reconstruction: assembling, disassembling, moving and reassembling one of the nation’s largest T. Rex skeletons, and what we learn about dinos in the process.

Also, the reanimation of Gorongosa National Park in Africa, after years of civil war destroyed nearly all the wildlife.

And a handbook for rebuilding civilization itself from scratch.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Gillen D’Arcy Wood – World Changing Volcano
Part 2: Patrick Leiggi – Most Complete T-Rex
Part 3: Matt Carrano – Transporting T-Rex
Part 4: Greg Carr – Restoring Nature
Part 5: Lewis Dartnell – Restarting the World

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Richard May 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Seth Shostak – What lesson does Tambora provide for us today? I mean we are facing not just the eruption of a volcano but a slow motion catastrophe of “climate change”.

Question – The statement “we are facing … a slow motion catastrophe of “climate change”.” is thrown up as a fact something like E=Mc^2 or evolution, but where is the evidence of a “catastrophe”? Does it show up in world food production? Anything at all?

Gillen D’Arcy Wood – What it shows us is our vulnerability to rapid changes. In the case of Tambora it was global cooling now it is global warming but the impact on agriculture is essentially the same.

What??!! Has the fellow ever grown a plant in his life? World agricultural production has gone up by 250% since 1960 – the years of global warming. Does that sound like a “catastrophe” to you Seth?

Global cooling was a catastrophe so the lesson we learn from this is that warming is a catastrophe too? Wow this is science in spades.

avatar Richard May 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Seth Shostak – If you look up on wiki Sumbawa there is nothing on it its as though the eruption never happened.

Maybe you should look up on Tambora. The story is given there:

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