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

  • Ted Hutnik
    Ted Hutnik   31 seconds ago

    I'll never get that damn lawn mowed.

  • Erik Adams
    Erik Adams   23 hours ago

    You said that the earth started to normalize when the excess carbon in the atmosphere was reabsorbed in plants, rocks, and the ocean. With the increase in CO2 in today’s atmosphere, how long will it take for the oceans to put it to use before CO2 levels are normal? How was the ocean different back then in comparison to today, especially with the oceans becoming acidified?

  • Trojan Buns
    Trojan Buns   1 days ago

    Pangea was like a more massive version of Australia, no rain in most of the middle!

  • 陳軍民
    陳軍民   1 days ago

    Can you slow a bit next time? All the new words, although they all take less than 1 second to comprehend, but can we have 500 ms more?

  • David Motyka
    David Motyka   1 days ago

    How can you prove something like that? Fossils I believe do not.

  • Happy Poop
    Happy Poop   1 days ago

    interesting how nature try to stabilize itself, all be equal by nature.

  • Safari Jay
    Safari Jay   2 days ago

    Alright Youtube this better be good

  • On Air
    On Air   3 days ago

    Oh yeah, i remember!

  • Nard Dog
    Nard Dog   3 days ago

    only triassic period dino babies remember the great rain

  • Ewan Chalk
    Ewan Chalk   4 days ago

    Thought this was a place called England

  • Russel Bondoc
    Russel Bondoc   4 days ago

    "Wet Intermezzo"Well time to increase my vocabulary

  • Amey Joshi
    Amey Joshi   4 days ago

    Uh, another quick factYou didn't search for this

  • Mel B
    Mel B   4 days ago

    So the time that never happened and never will?

  • Douglas Dishroon
    Douglas Dishroon   5 days ago

    It's a travesty there were no presidents to blame for climate change back then.

  • Lynn Gatrell
    Lynn Gatrell   5 days ago

    Dang! Washington just missed it by a few months!😁

  • odo
    odo   5 days ago

    This still exists. It’s called Seattle.

  • KBN Prodigy
    KBN Prodigy   5 days ago

    You almost look like joe from impractical jokers

  • Nameless 1
    Nameless 1   6 days ago

    This guys nose had been broken to the left...like mine lol

  • lockergr
    lockergr   6 days ago

    I never understand why these presenters always tend to sound like they are in some audio battle to finish Speaking the fastest took shave an extra minute or two off the video. Makes it a headache to listen to.

  • Frank Blangeard
    Frank Blangeard   6 days ago

    You don't have to imagine what constant rain and gloom is like. Just move to western Oregon for a winter. (just kidding...sort of)

  • Arhok21
    Arhok21   1 weeks ago

    EARTH USED TO BE KAMINO??!

  • ModMyFirestick
    ModMyFirestick   1 weeks ago

    Religious Fanatic: Prove that it rained for 2 millions yearsScience: I just did!Earth: Don't make me do it again you two.....

  • MECHA Martin
    MECHA Martin   1 weeks ago

    I was thinking that "what if it rains 100 years" and then i saw this videoDamn i thought this is impossible

  • risma w
    risma w   1 weeks ago

    it was Pokemon era just few years ago.

  • Ken O
    Ken O   1 weeks ago

    "That time it rained for two million years"...also known as the pacific northwest.