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Tropical ‘Runaway Greenhouse’ Provides Insight To Venus

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This image of Earth's sea surface temperatures was created from data from the Earth Observation System similar to data used in this study.

Pacific warm pool region image
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NASA scientists studied the runaway greenhouse signature that occurs over the Pacific warm pool region where sea surface temperatures can reach 87 F. The area of interest in the lower left-hand corner of the black box is just northeast of Australia, near Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Image provided by the NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center from their web site at http://www.cdc.noaa.gov.

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