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Early Climate News
December 12, 2019

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How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball ... read more
Ancestors of modern bacteria cultured from an iron-rich lake in Democratic Republic of Congo could have been key to keeping Earth's dimly lit early climate warm, and in ... read more
Based on research at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina, archaeologists present new evidence of a controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to ... read more

Rocks at Asteroid Impact Site Record First Day of Dinosaur Extinction

The research centers on the asteroid impact that wiped out non-avian dinosaurs, with the researchers getting the most detailed look yet of the aftermath that followed by examining the rocks and ... read more
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Ancient Rain Gauge: New Evidence Links Groundwater, Climate Changes in Deep Time

Changes in groundwater millions of years ago created alternating layers of vivid yellow and brown in the mineral sphalerite, and those variations align with movements in Earth's orbit that ... read more

Last Arctic Ice Refuge Is Disappearing

The oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, according to new ... read more

This Is What the Monsoon Might Look Like in a Warmer World

In the last interglacial period on Earth about 125,000 years ago, the Indian monsoon was longer, more extreme and less reliable than it is today. This is the conclusion drawn after analyses of a ... read more

Changes in High-Altitude Winds Over the South Pacific Produce Long-Term Effects

In the past million years, the high-altitude winds of the southern westerly wind belt, which spans nearly half the globe, didn't behave as uniformly over the Southern Pacific as previously ... read more

Two Million-Year-Old Ice Provides Snapshot of Earth's Greenhouse Gas History

Two million-year old ice from Antarctica recently uncovered by a team of researchers provides a clearer picture into the connections between greenhouse gases and climate in ancient times and will ... read more

Climate Models and Geology Reveal New Insights Into the East Asian Monsoon

A team of scientists have used climate models and geological records to better understand changes in the East Asian monsoon over long geologic time ... read more

Preserved Pollen Tells the History of Floodplains

Fossil pollen can help reconstruct the past and predict the ... read more

Human Activities Boosted Global Soil Erosion 4,000 Years Ago

Soil erosion reduces the productivity of ecosystems, it changes nutrient cycles and it thus directly impacts climate and society. An international team of researchers, recorded temporal changes of ... read more

Mutated Ferns Shed Light on Ancient Mass Extinction

At the end of the Triassic around 201 million years ago, three out of four species on Earth disappeared. Up until now, scientists believed the cause of the catastrophe to be the onset of large-scale ... read more

New Study on Early Human Fire Acquisition Squelches Debate

Fire starting is a skill that many modern humans struggle with in the absence of a lighter or matches. The earliest humans likely harvested fire from natural sources, yet when our ancestors learned ... read more

The Shelf Life of Pyrite

What exactly triggers the increase in carbon dioxide concentrations that causes the transition from a glacial stage to a warm stage is not fully understood. Scientists have developed a new model in ... read more

Strong Winter Dust Storms May Have Caused the Collapse of the Akkadian Empire

Fossil coral records provide new evidence that frequent winter shamals, or dust storms, and a prolonged cold winter season contributed to the collapse of the ancient Akkadian Empire in ... read more

Catastrophic Events Carry Forests of Trees Thousands of Miles to a Burial at Sea

While studying sediments in the Bay of Bengal, an international team finds evidence dating back millions of years that catastrophic events likely toppled fresh trees from their mountain homes on a ... read more

Lead Pollution from Native Americans Attributed to Crushing Galena for Glitter Paint

A new study of Native American use of galena increases understanding of how they were using the land and its ... read more

What Happens Under the Yellowstone Volcano?

A recent study helps to better explain the processes in the Earth's interior beneath the Yellowstone ... read more

Information Theory as a Forensics Tool for Investigating Climate Mysteries

During Earth's last glacial period, temperatures on the planet periodically spiked dramatically and rapidly. A new article suggests that mathematics from information theory could offer a ... read more

Solution to Ice Age Ocean Chemistry Puzzle

New research into the chemistry of the oceans during ice ages is helping to solve a puzzle that has engaged scientists for more than two decades. At issue is how much of the CO2 that entered the ... read more

Dust in Ice Cores Leads to New Knowledge on the Advancement of the Ice Before the Ice Age

Working with the ice core ReCap, drilled close to the coast in East Greenland, researchers wondered why the dust particles from the interglacial period -- the warmer period of time between the ice ... read more

Microscopic Evidence Sheds Light on the Disappearance of the World's Largest Mammals

Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A review highlights the role ... read more

African Evidence Support Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12,800 years ago, leading to global consequences ... read more

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