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Former Aussie Deputy PM Exposes The Climate Change Scare

You’ve probably never heard of Barnaby Joyce, but he has twice been Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, from February 2016 to October 2017 and from December 2017 to February 2018. During both terms, he served as leader of Oz’s National…

Volcanism Altering Bering Sea Eco-Systems, Not Climate Change

Volcanism, primarily ocean floor in nature, is the most feasible and plausible cause of recent alterations to the Bering Sea physical and biological systems, not climate change. Since 2014, multiple changes to the Bering Sea’s physical and biological systems such…

Geological Society of America award winners for 2019

(Geological Society of America) The Geological Society of America (GSA) recognizes outstanding scientific achievement and distinguished service to the profession each year at its Annual Meeting & Exposition, to be held this year Sept. 22-25, in Phoenix, Ariz., USA.

Some extinct crocs were vegetarians

(University of Utah) Based on careful study of fossilized teeth, scientists Keegan Melstom and Randall Irmis at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah have found that multiple ancient groups of crocodyliforms — the group including living and extinct relatives of crocodiles and alligators — were not the carnivores we know today. Evidence suggests that a veggie diet arose in the distant cousins of modern crocodylians at least three times.

Some crocs of the past were plant eaters

(Cell Press) Based on careful study of tooth remains, researchers have found that ancient groups of crocodyliforms — the group including living and extinct relatives of crocodiles and alligators — were not the carnivores we know today, as reported in the journal Current Biology on June 27, 2019. In fact, the evidence suggests that a veggie diet arose in the distant cousins of modern crocodylians at least three times.

New GSA bulletin study of the 2014 Oso landslide

(Geological Society of America) As a compelling example of a large-mobility landslide, the March 22, 2014 landslide near Oso, Washington, USA, was particularly devastating, traveling across a 1-km-plus-wide river valley, killing 43 people, destroying dozens of homes, and temporarily closing a well-traveled highway.

2015 Nepal earthquake offers clues about hazards

(Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences ) A Stanford geophysicist discusses how the devastating 2015 Gorkha earthquake that shook Kathmandu, Nepal gave researchers new information about where, why and how earthquakes occur.

A new material that's part plastic and part rock is forming on this Portuguese island

Ignacio Gestoso first found signs of plastic-infused rocks during a 2016 visit to Madeira. (Photo: Ignacio Gestoso) You know we have a problem when our plastic pollution starts becoming a permanent fixture of the planet’s geology. And that seems to…

Unusually high methane levels detected on Mars

Last week, the Curiosity rover detected its largest yet measurement of methane. It’s exciting because microbial life is an important source of methane on Earth, though it can also be created in other ways.