Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cretaceous shorelines and voting

Cool post!  The upshot: during the Cretaceous, an arc of what is now the Deep South was the shore of a warm, shallow sea, and plankton died there for millions of years, settled to the bottom, and became chalk.  The result: some of the most fertile soil in North America. So fertile that cotton yields were enormous, so plantation owners needed a lot of slaves to harvest it.  And their descendants are still there, and voted Obama this week.

I love this kind of analysis.

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