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ESD | Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 1191–1215, 2018
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Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 1191–1215, 2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 12 Oct 2018

Research article | 12 Oct 2018

The climate of a retrograde rotating Earth

Uwe Mikolajewicz et al.

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Model experiments show that changing the sense of Earth's rotation has relatively little impact on the globally and zonally averaged energy budgets but leads to large shifts in continental climates and patterns of precipitation. The retrograde world is greener as the desert area shrinks. Deep water formation shifts from the North Atlantic to the North Pacific with subsequent changes in ocean overturning. Over large areas of the Indian Ocean, cyanobacteria dominate over bulk phytoplankton.
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