GLOBAL WARMING’S EFFECT ON THE THERMOHALINE CURRENT 3
Global Warming’s Effect on the Thermohaline Current: Earth’s Regulatory System
Our blue planet sits quietly in the “goldilocks” zone of the solar system. The suns not to
hot that it strips away our atmosphere and it’s not to cold that we freeze like the moons of Saturn;
our spot in the solar system is just right. This does not mean that our planet does not fall victim
to the extremes of space. Temperatures can vary hundreds of degrees on our planet; from the
frozen tundra of the Antarctic to the blistering heat of Death Valley, California. Yet life still
persists at all extremes of the planet.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, the average
temperature for the planet in the year 2013 was a resounding 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit. For the
past eleven thousand years, humanity has been able to “enjoy a relatively stable” and moderate
climate (NASA, 2014). The question is then asked, how is the heat transferred from the equators
where the temperature are warmer, to the poles? Quite simply, the ocean.
The oceans make up approximately %71 of the earth’s surface area. And because the