The Caterpillar effect describes the way the earth’s tectonic plates move in response to long-term heating and cooling causing thermal expansion and contraction.
For the last year I’ve been publishing a series of articles examine the role of this effect in the ice-age cycle and with so many articles it is now necessary to provide an index.
Summary: The Caterpillar theory of tectonic plate movement – it’s just simple physics.
- Criteria for Cycles
- Temperature induced changes to earth’s crust
- Thermal crust expansion, decomposition and the Carbon cycle
- Overview of feedbacks
- Climate stability
- Hitting the buffers
- How CO2 could control climate
- Drying of climate
- 5million years of cycles
- Hadley Cells
- The Haseler Gap
- How cycles are triggered + upper threshold