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New GSA Bulletin articles published ahead of print in April

(Geological Society of America) The Geological Society of America regularly publishes articles online ahead of print. For April, GSA Bulletin topics include multiple articles about the dynamics of China and Tibet; the Bell River hypothesis that proposes that an ancestral, transcontinental river occupied much of northern North America during the Cenozoic Era; new findings in the climatic history during one of Earth’s coldest periods: The Late Paleozoic Ice Age; and the age an nature of the Chicxulub impact crater.

North Africa and Middle East Warning on heatwaves and extreme temperatures driven by global heating

A few years ago climate scientists announced that in coming decades Melbourne and Sydney will experience 50C days. Those temperatures are also coming to the Mediterranean with Middle East and North Africa temperatures in heatwaves up to 56 degress Celsius…

Articles for Geosphere posted online in April

(Geological Society of America) GSA’s dynamic online journal, Geosphere, posts articles online regularly. Locations and topics studied this month include the Central Anatolian Plateau; the Southern Rocky Mountain Volcanic Field; petrogenesis in the Grand Canyon; and the evolution of the Portland and Tualatin forearc basins, Oregon.

Warmer ocean temperatures may decrease Saharan dust crossing the Atlantic

Every year millions of tons of dust from the Sahara Desert are swirled up into the atmosphere and carried across the Atlantic. Research suggests that, as the climate changes, Saharan dust transport will decrease.

Was North America populated by ‘stepping stone’ migration across Bering Sea?

(University of Kansas) A new study from the University of Kansas just published in the open-access journal Comptes Rendus Geoscience, may answer “one of the greatest mysteries of our time . . . when humans made the first bold journey to the Americas.”

Media Promotes Blueberry Apocalypse As Crops Keep Setting Records

Among its top search results today for “climate change,” Google News is promoting a story published by AZO CleanTech claiming global warming threatens blueberry harvests in Maine. However, data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the…

New duckbilled dinosaur discovered in Japan

(Southern Methodist University) An international team of paleontologists has identified a new genus and species of hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur, Yamatosaurus izanagii, on one of Japan’s southern islands.The fossilized discovery yields new information about hadrosaur migration, suggesting that the herbivors migrated from Asia to North America instead of vice versa. The discovery also illustrates an evolutionary step as the giant creatures evolved from walking upright to walking on all fours.