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Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:09
Scientists have discovered that Earth's sea level did not rise steadily when the planet's glaciers last melted during a period of global warming; rather, sea level rose sharply in punctuated bursts.

Ice stream retreats under a cold climate

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:08
Warmer ocean surface triggered the ice retreat during The Younger Dryas.

Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:35
Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows.

Nice ice, maybe: Study finds water-repelling surfaces ease ice removal

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:56
A new study has discovered that ice grows differently on water-absorbent vs. water-repellent surfaces. The research suggests that applying water-repellent coatings to windshields before winter storms -- or engineering surfaces that inherently repel water -- could enable a strong breeze to handle the burden of ice removal.

Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:43
A new study linking paleoclimatology -- the reconstruction of past global climates -- with historical analysis shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the economy, political stability, and war-fighting capacity of ancient Egypt.

Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:43
Research by planetary scientists finds that periodic melting of ice sheets on a cold early Mars would have created enough water to carve the ancient valleys and lakebeds seen on the planet today.

Fanged kangaroo research could shed light on extinction

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:27
Fanged kangaroos -- an extinct family of small fanged Australian kangaroos -- might have survived at least five million years longer than previously thought. A new study has found the species might have competed for resources with ancestors of modern kangaroos.

Waves in lakes make waves in the Earth

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:19
Scientists report that small seismic signals in lakes can aid science. As a record of wave motion in a lake, they can reveal when a lake freezes over and when it thaws. And as a small, constant source of seismic energy in the surrounding earth, lake microseisms can shine a light on the geology surrounding a lake.

Melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:30
For the first time, ocean data from Northeast Greenland reveals the long-term impact of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. The observed increase in freshwater content will affect the conditions in all Greenland fjords and may ultimately affect the global ocean currents that keep Europe warm.

Geologic evidence is the forerunner of ominous prospects for a warming earth

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:48
While strong seasonal hurricanes have devastated many of the Caribbean and Bahamian islands this year, geologic studies on several of these islands illustrate that more extreme conditions existed in the past. A new analysis shows that the limestone islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda experienced climate changes that were even more extreme than historical events.

Carbon dioxide levels lower than thought during super greenhouse period

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:37
Researchers adds to the understanding of Earth's historic hyperthermal events to help explain the planet's current warming trend.

Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:49
While burning coal today causes Earth to overheat, about 300 million years ago the formation of that same coal brought our planet close to global glaciation. For the first time, scientists show the massive effect in a new study.

Mars study yields clues to possible cradle of life

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:49
The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. The research offers evidence that these deposits were formed by heated water from a volcanically active part of the planet's crust entering the bottom of a large sea long ago.

12,000 years ago, Florida hurricanes heated up despite chilly seas

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:50
Category 5 hurricanes may have slammed Florida repeatedly during the chilly Younger Dryas, 12,000 years ago. The cause? Hurricane-suppressing effects of cooler sea surface were out-weighed by side effects of slowed ocean circulation.

Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:12
Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to dry about 60,000 years ago, according to new paleoclimate research. What the northeast Africa climate was like when people migrated from Africa into Eurasia between 70,000 and 55,000 years ago is still uncertain. The new research shows around 70,000 years ago, the Horn of Africa climate shifted from a wet phase called 'Green Sahara' to even drier than the region is now.

Scale of human impact on planet has changed course of Earth's history, scientists suggest

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 09:52
The significant scale of human impact on our planet has changed the course of Earth history, an international team of scientists.

Antarctica: Return of the Weddell polynya supports Kiel climate model

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 08:33
Currently, winter has still a firm grip on Antarctica. At this time of the year, the Weddell Sea usually is covered with a thick layer of sea ice. In spite of the icy temperatures in the region, satellite images depict a large ice-free area in the middle of the ice cover.

Mapping the Tasmanian tiger's mysterious loss from mainland

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:42
Ancient DNA extracted from fossil bones and museum specimens has shed new light on the mysterious loss of the Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) from Australia's mainland.

Did rapid sea-level rise drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii?

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 08:42
Investigations to predict changes in sea levels and their impacts on coastal systems are a step closer, as a result of a new international collaboration.

New iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 09:45
A new iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier -- one of the main outlets where ice from the interior of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean.