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Secular Desiccation of the Earth

Nature volume 92, page 435 (11 December 1913) | Download Citation



ON Monday, December 8, Prof. J. W. Gregory read a paper before the Royal Geographical Society, entitled “Is the Earth Drying Up?” The question is naturally one to which a definite affirmative or negative answer cannot be given owing to the relatively short period during which exact scientific measurements of precipitation have been made. The evidence is principally archaeological, botanical, and geological, supplemented for some countries by historic records of population. Prof. Gregory put before the society the views of different investigators, and subjected them to a critical examination, confining himself to changes in historical times, and making no pretence at dealing with the great changes of climate of geological epochs, other than to indicate the glaciers of north-west Europe as the probable cause of the moister Mediterranean climate of prehistoric times.

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