Fires of the Carboniferous

by The Northern Divide

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With BDR 0027 we welcome another geological record by The Northern Divide which reminds us of the unfathomable vastness of time here on planet Earth.

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359 MYA, the beginning of the Carboniferous

With atmospheric oxygen levels peaking at 35%, the highest in Earth's history, the 60 million year long Carboniferous was a period of life in extremes. The elevated levels of oxygen meant that insects, able to respirate with less effort, could grow to monstrous sizes. The earliest synapsids, like archaeothyris and other primordial reptiles emerged, marking the first proto-mammals found in the fossil record. Vast, dense mats of crinoids carpeted the shallow seas and swampy rainforests covered most of the world with primitive trees and giant ferns. Their rudimentary root systems gave way easily and the lack of favorable conditions and bacteria to break down the fallen trees created a labyrinthine understory of combustible material. Given the amount of oxygen and fuel, during the Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse, wildfires of apocalyptic proportions sparked easily and burned intensely in a slowly drying climate.

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released June 10, 2017

produced by The Northern Divide
mastered by Duff Egan
graphic design by Brian Bourassa
Black Dingo Records 026

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