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Famous Paintings Help Study the Earth's Past Atmosphere 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the color-of-things dept.
houghi (78078) writes "From European Geosciences Union: 'A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth's past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.' The original paper can be found here. In the last 150 years, the sunsets have become redder, likely reflecting increased man-made pollution."
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Famous Paintings Help Study the Earth's Past Atmosphere

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Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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