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Geochemistry: A rusty carbon sink
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The finding that reactive iron species may have a role in stabilizing organic matter in ocean sediments underlines the tight coupling between the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and iron. More

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April 22-25 – AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Long Beach, Calif.

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June 9-23 – 6th Int. Siberian Early Career GeoScientists Conference, Novosibirsk, Russia

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Identifying ancient droughts in China
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Drought events are largely unknown in Earth's history, because reconstruction of ancient hydrological conditions remains difficult due to lack of proxy. New geology research supported by China's NNSF and MS&T uses a microbial lipid proxy of highly alkaline conditions to identify enhanced aridity in Miocene sediments on the Tibetan Plateau. This enhanced aridity is associated with significant uplift of the Tibetan Plateau nine million years ago. More

Cry me a river: Following a watershed's winding path to sustainability
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Cherokee Marsh, it's called, this sunken enclave surrounded by cattails and bulrushes. The marsh is a mere dot on a map of the state of Wisconsin, but its importance reaches far beyond the wetland's edge. The river and its watershed provide Madison with critical "ecosystem services" such as water quality and flood protection, says Chris Kucharik, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madision. More

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Did cosmic impact kill the mammoths?
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A series of strikes by an asteroid or comet might solve a prehistoric mystery: Why did a long list of creatures, from mammoths and saber-toothed cats to horses and camels, vanish suddenly from North America nearly 13,000 years ago? Relying on a meticulous analysis of fragments, including tiny diamonds of submicroscopic size, from a dark layer of sediment in a Mexican lake, a new study suggests that large objects from space might have caused the continental-sized catastrophe. More

Meteorites reveal another way to make life's components
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Creating some of life's building blocks in space may be a bit like making a sandwich — you can make them cold or hot, according to new NASA research. This evidence that there is more than one way to make crucial components of life increases the likelihood that life emerged elsewhere in the universe, according to the research team, and gives support to the theory that a "kit" of ready-made parts created in space and delivered to Earth by impacts from meteorites and comets assisted the origin of life. More

A mystery still: Why early Earth didn't freeze over
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Global warming gases cannot explain why Earth was not frozen billions of years ago when the sun was cooler, researchers say. In the Archean Eon about 2.5 billion to 4 billion years ago, before the first advanced life appeared on the planet, the sun was only about 70 percent as bright as it is today. This means the amount of heat felt on Earth was much less, and Earth's surface should have been frozen. More

Costa Rica: Hotspot with hydrothermal vents, methane seeps found
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There are few places on earth were hydrothermal vents and cold areas emitting methane coexist. One such area can be found off the coast of Costa Rica. Here, geothermally heated water rises through fissures from the earth crust and methane bubbles from 'seeps' on the ocean floor. Scientists discovered this unusual hotspot during a 2010 expedition that also revealed a large number of mysterious, previously undescribed species. More

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