That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

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  • Published on: 22 May 2018
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    At the beginning of the Triassic Period, with the continents locked together from pole-to-pole in the supercontinent of Pangea, the world is hot, flat, and very, very dry. But then 234 million years ago, the climate suddenly changed for the wetter.

    Thanks as always to Nobumichi Tamura for allowing us to use his wonderful paleoart: http://spinops.blogspot.com/

    Thanks to Franz Anthony, Julio Lacerda and Studio 252mya for their illustrations. You can find more of their work here:
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COMMENTS: 40

  • Jim Gibbons
    Jim Gibbons   10 hours ago

    See, this is an example of LSD abuse and growing up in Woodstock.

  • KommanderChopp'ard
    KommanderChopp'ard   2 days ago

    I’m sure somebody said it already but.Isn’t that basically Great Britain?

  • Karl Starkey
    Karl Starkey   2 days ago

    I love how they don't have an answer for where the rain came from or why it started.

  • Maga Prez
    Maga Prez   4 days ago

    Too bad they didnt have the green new deal back then.

  • d0nKsTaH
    d0nKsTaH   5 days ago

    Not all rain comes from the water cycle of evaporation etc...We get a lot of rain from... outer space.Water travels in space like anything else and sometimes.. it finds a home.Earth has been taking on water for years now... and is getting fatter at the waist

  • Dwight St John
    Dwight St John   6 days ago

    FROM now on the narrator only getS decafeinated coffee

  • Laceykat66
    Laceykat66   1 weeks ago

    0:40 - AND there was no word for "crisp" in the local languages. THAT would have to wait for two million years.

  • Kodai
    Kodai   1 weeks ago

    Since CO2 levels are rising pretty quickly, will we ever see a long rainful period?

  • Yards Ofsnot
    Yards Ofsnot   1 weeks ago

    Flick me the thesis of this Epic event would you. Only the UK could suffer a 2 million year down pour lol

  • James Dryburgh
    James Dryburgh   1 weeks ago

    How you supposed to cut your grass or get your washing dried if it's rain all the time.

  • roger5173
    roger5173   1 weeks ago

    the climate changed....i dont believe it , how could the climate change without people eating meat and cars emitting hydro carbons... you guys are making it up...the climate couldn't change

  • mjimih
    mjimih   1 weeks ago

    it's raining right now.

  • Tama Tama
    Tama Tama   1 weeks ago

    Weathering with you spoilers

  • Lew B.
    Lew B.   1 weeks ago

    These videos actually counterproductive to PBS's Agw theory. The irony.😄

  • Mo Suleiman
    Mo Suleiman   1 weeks ago

    Rain: I’m bouta end your whole career

  • Dale Ilene Bower
    Dale Ilene Bower   1 weeks ago

    How much climate change is due to climate cycles and planet movements? How much is due to human necessity? How much is due to human greed?

  • iTsBlue
    iTsBlue   1 weeks ago

    I wish it rain for 200 million years right now

  • bait clicker
    bait clicker   1 weeks ago

    So between the lines you're saying that the religious myths are exactly that, myths.

  • Anthony E Huggins Jr
    Anthony E Huggins Jr   1 weeks ago

    A global low pressure system that must have been caused by some evil corporation of the future who invented a wormhole funneling pollution into the past as a way to avoid paying carbon tax........DAMN SOB'S....IM SO MAD ABOUT IT

  • Shy M
    Shy M   1 weeks ago

    People make comments they think are snarky or intelligent humor. Really it is just juvenile humor.

  • Chandylands
    Chandylands   2 weeks ago

    This is ruh- tahded, in order for animals, trees and other biology to fossilize or Permineralize, it has to be covered quickly. You can find fossils at the top of mt. Everest and whale fossils in the dessert, what you say isn’t backed by evidence

  • Joku Toinen
    Joku Toinen   2 weeks ago

    And the so-called Climate Scientists tell us that warmer climate means dryer climate... Well, what do they know?

  • manuel gonzalez
    manuel gonzalez   2 weeks ago

    Aha!!!?2million years¿?????but weather bureau says forty days and forty nights ONLY!!!!!!??????Check weather report genesis 7:11-12

  • NoirKami
    NoirKami   2 weeks ago

    Tis nothing compared to Seattle 🤣 /s

  • chieveley
    chieveley   2 weeks ago

    Where did water come from originally