Fossils, frogs, floating islands and expanding Earth in changing-radius cartography

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Scientific Paper
Title Fossils, frogs, floating islands and expanding Earth in changing-radius cartography
Author(s) Giancarlo Scalera
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Published 2007
Journal None

Abstract

In this short note I have tried to make clear the issues surrounding a recent discussion on changing-radius paleo- biogeographical problems of the Pacific Ocean biotic distribution. It is stressed that such an important discussion cannot be developed in the absence of proper cartographic methods that must necessarily introduce an increasing radius parameter, highlighting the effects of a changing curvature in the continental/oceanic plates in their move- ments from a globe of a given radius to a new position on a globe of different radius. Many other aspects of pale- ogeography,paleomagnetism,paleoclimate can be faced in a new and more open-mind philosophy and considered in a legitimate additional degree of freedom:globe size increasing. The new increasing-radius Cartography can be- come of fundamental importance for the advancement of science ? not only of Earth sciences.