Is el nino important to our earths survival?



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    Interesting question andrade. El nino is a phase of a 5-6 year weather cycle that occurs in the atmosphere over the tropical Pacific Ocean and impacts climate and weather around the globe. Farmers certainly have to adapt to it for succesful crop years as it alters rainfall; similarly coastal dwellers are impacted as el nino reduces the upswelling of nutrients along the Peruvian coast that brings an abundance of seafood to the coast.. However, humans have no control over this weather pattern. The Earth is remarkable at self regulating for conditions that are appropriate for life, through feedback mechanisms between the atmosphere, land and sea. El Nino seems to be more an outcrop of the mechanisms that regulate Earth’s conditions, rather than something that in and of itself is critical for Earth’s survival.

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