Category: Earth Observation

The oldest crystals in the world

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth ScienceIn this new article for Geology, Gavin Kenny and colleagues reveal the likely origin of Earth’s oldest crystals. New research into the origin of Earth’s oldest crystals suggests that they probably formed in huge impact craters rather than during the collision of tectonic plates moving around on Earth’s surface […]

Are We Headed Toward a New Climate Regime?

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Originally Published by Pacific StandardThe temperature goals established by the Paris climate agreement could affect the planet in dramatically different ways… Topic: Climate

Understanding tiny droplets can make for better weather forecasts

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyUnderstanding how small water droplets behave improves our ability to describe evaporation and condensation of water at widely different scales, which has implications for everything from nanodroplets to climate models. Topic: Weather

Underwater Archaeologists Find Ancient Butchering Site in Florida

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Originally Published by Scientific AmericanTools and bones add to evidence of pre-Clovis humans in America Topic: People

Bloom in the Black Sea

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Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryPhytoplankton and stirred up sediments deliver a splash of spring color to the Black Sea. Topic: Water

Radioactive isotopes reveal age of oil, gas wastewater spills

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Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyRadium isotopes in soils can be used to determine the age of oil and gas wastewater spills, research shows. Three new isotopic age-dating methods developed by the team could be useful for identifying the source of a spill where it’s not certain if contamination stems from recent […]

Dead zones devour oceans’ oxygen

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Originally Published by environmentalresearchweb: all contentMarine life faces increased threats as researchers warn that warmer waters caused by climate change could seriously reduce the levels of oxygen in the world’s seas. Topic: Oceans

Computational Facility Named After Langley “Human Computer” Katherine Johnson

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Originally Published by NASAA smiling Katherine Johnson returned Thursday to the NASA center where, for decades, she used her mathematical smarts to help shape history.   Topic: People

Benefits of cycling and walking ‘outweigh air pollution risk’ in cities

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianStudy finds only 1% of cities in world have such high levels of pollution that the activities could prove detrimental to health The health benefits of cycling and walking outweigh the harm from inhaling air loaded with traffic fumes in all but the world’s most polluted cities, according to […]

Shortest lunar month of 2016 starts May 6

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Originally Published by EarthSkyWhat is a lunar month? It’s just the duration between successive new moons. It’s also called a lunation or synodic month. Although the lunar month has a mean period of 29.53059 days (29 days 12 hours and 44 minutes), the actual length varies throughout the year. We list the lengths of the […]