Greenhouse: The 200-Year Story of Global Warming

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One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth forever.

The sun also ariseth.

-- Ecclesiastes

In a remote valley of northeastern Arizona, where its borders meet those of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico to form the Four Corners, archaeologists brought in a backhoe to cut trenches through an ancient village site called Kin Klethla. As it was gouging a path across a series of burned-out rooms, the steel-toothed bucket unearthed a single human skull, minus the mandible. The forehead of the skull, thought to be that of a female, has a gaping circular hole, a nearly perfect match to the empty sockets whose bright dark eyes had once gazed upon the surrounding valley before they were extinguished by a single blow. In addition to the symmetrical fracture, two large cut marks traverse the skull, as if the slayer had taken no chances. Archaeologists now feel certain that the death and burning occurred in the second half of the thirteenth century, when Kin Klethla and hundreds of other villages like it were suddenly abandoned forever.

Although this vanished culture had once encompassed an area the size of New England, the scope of its existence remained unknown until the late nineteenth century. Near Christmas in


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