What was the climate during the silurian period?
During the middle silurian the climate was much warmer, it was though of as a period where the climate became more stable, ending the previous pattern of random climatic fluctuations. A new greenhouse phase began, leading to a rise in global sea level form ice melt. However, in coastal areas where there was warm shallow waters, the conditions led to large evaporite deposits, although this was largely exclusive to equatorial regions. In this instance, plants that had lived in water had to adapt to life on land or die off.
The Silurian went from 443.4 Â± 1.5mya to 419.2 Â± 3.2mya. It spanned from the conclusion of the Ordovician period to the beginning of the Devonian period. However the exact time frame of the Silurian period is unknown and could be off by millions of years because of the fact that that period was set during a significant extinction event. Therefore, the Silurian period lasted about 42 million years, give or take.
There were continents and oceans as we have them now but they were not in the positions they now there were probably just two , Gondwanda and Euramerica. During the Silurian, Gondwana made a slow southward drift to high southern latitudes, but there is evidence for Silurian icecaps Euramerica was located near the equator A vast ocean called Panthalassa covered most of the northern hemisphere. Other minor oceans include the Proto-Tethys and Paleo-Tethy, the Rheic…
The Silurian period resembles the Ordovician period in terms of marine life, but is marked by the appearance of land dwelling plants and animals during the latter part of the period. Animals that lived on land during Silurian time include spiders, millipedes, and scorpions. A significant amount of ocean water evaporated over North America during this period. The salt deposits in Syracuse, New York and Detroit, Michigan are remnants of this evaporation.
Mosses and other primitive plants grew over the land near the water's edge. They continued the work of the lichen by turning the rock into soil. There are a few fossils from the end of the Silurian Period that show us early insects lived among these mosses and made their own colonies. The soil made by the lichens grew strange plants called Cooksonia. These plants had stems, but no real leaves. Some Cooksonia had special…
The Earth's climate during the late carboniferous period was very similar to the climate of today, but during the early part there were some differences. Atmospheric CO_2 was a little higher, and so was global temperature. See: http://www.geocraft.com/WVFossils/Carboniferous_climate.html - SHARLENE ROMERO-PANCAN