Geology

Earth Had Much Richer Life Billions of Years Ago Than Previously Thought: Study

Checked-Earth Had Much Richer Life Billions of Years Ago Than Previously Thought: Study

The findings of a study recently conducted by the researchers at the University of Washington could change the belief how life actually evolved on earth.

The research focused upon nitrogen, which is considered to be a crucial ingredient of life. Scientists associated with the research believe that usable nitrogen had vey less supply during the early days of our planet.

University of Washington Earth and Space Sciences professor Roger Buick said in a statement that life on earth even before two billion years ago was thought to be very minute.

Air Pollution from 16th-century discovered in Peru's Ice

Air Pollution from 16th-century discovered in Peru's Ice

Deep inside an ice cap in the Peruvian Andes, scientists have traced air pollution from 16th-century Spanish silver mines. In an announcement made on Monday, scientists said the pollution appeared to have originated from what is now called Bolivia, located hundreds of miles away at the Potosí mountaintop silver mines. The imprint of metal-rich smog was actually discovered in Peru.

Aerosol Responsible For Producing Earthly Aroma at Beginning of Rain: Study

Aerosol Responsible For Producing Earthly Aroma at Beginning of Rain: Study

Researchers through a new research revealed that earthly aroma which is released at the beginning of the rain is due to the release of aerosol clouds that are carried by the winds.

The new study published this week in the journal Nature Communications stated that when raindrops land on certain porous surfaces, they capture tiny air bubbles containing small particles. These aerosols are most likely responsible for carrying the aromatic elements along with bacteria and viruses stored in the soil.

20 endangered homes on Topsail Island's northern tip to be saved by using sandbags

20 endangered homes on Topsail Island's northern tip to be saved by using sandbags

Around 20 homes situated along one of North Carolina's most fragile barrier islands will be saved by waves with the help of supersized sandbag wall that is being built there.

These homes are situated on Topsail Island's northern tip. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that currently the crews are building a 9-foot-tall wall of sandbags to save these homes from collapsing. The allowance for this set up was given by state's Coastal Resources Commission because of the fact that the wall so constructed will be 3 feet taller than the maximum allowed height.

Trash Thrown by Humans Changed color of Yellowstone’s Geothermal Pools

Trash Thrown by Humans Changed color of Yellowstone’s Geothermal Pools

Every year, millions of tourists visit Yellowstone National Park. The most iconic attraction of the park is its geothermal pools. These pools have been heated by lava from a boiling volcano below the surface. Many decades ago, these pools were of brilliant blue color. According to a new study, after the park became a famous tourist destination, tourists visited in large number and started throwing coins and trash in the pools.

Climate Change Melting Mount Rainier’s Glaciers at Six Times Historic Rate

At six times the historic rate, Mount Rainier's glaciers are melting and the reason behind it is climate change. Melting of ice has led to river flooding, and has also killed old-growth forests, endangering historic national park buildings.          Researchers have predicted that the effects of climate change are going to destroy habitat for plant and animal species up and down the mountain and to study these effects researchers are flocking Mount Rainier. The glacial outbursts also are destroying the road

At six times the historic rate, Mount Rainier's glaciers are melting and the reason behind it is climate change. Melting of ice has led to river flooding, and has also killed old-growth forests, endangering historic national park buildings.

Researchers have predicted that the effects of climate change are going to destroy habitat for plant and animal species up and down the mountain and to study these effects researchers are flocking Mount Rainier. The glacial outbursts also are destroying the roads, which give access to the park's wonders.

More than 300 Students Get Close-Up View of Lava Flow

More than 300 Students Get Close-Up View of Lava Flow

On Monday, over 300 students experienced close-up view of lava flow. The field trip has provided practical experience to Pahoa Elementary children as they had a chance to meet up with geologists. Hardened lava was touched by the children and feelings of relocating to a new school were also shared by them.

Hawaii Civil Defense and other county officials and geologists had called the students so that they could see parts of Apa'a Street and the Pahoa Transfer Station, closed because of lava from Kilauea's June 27 flow.

Ozone Hole Size remains at the same level

Ozone Hole Size remains at the same level

NASA's recently released data has showed that the size of the Antarctic ozone has barely reduced and remains similar to the size of North America. The data has surprised scientists as they were of the belief that the size of the hole would reduce quickly after the use of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) substances was outlawed 27 years ago. However, the data has made crystal clear that the ozone hole sprawls over the same area as it was in between 2010 and 2013.

Water on Earth might be present much before what was previously thought

Water on Earth might be present much before what was previously thought

A new research has suggested that water appears to have existed on Earth much before than what was previously thought.

This research supporting this fact was carried out by researchers from University of New Mexico's Institute of Meteoritics. The research team was led by Adam Sarafian, a graduate student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and researcher Francis McCubbin.

The commonly believed scientific explanation to the water on earth states that initially the earth was a dry planet, which later got a supply of life-giving water through a bombardment of icy comets.

Two Separate Teams Studying Causes of Wide-Spread Coral Bleaching in Hawaii

Two Separate Teams Interested in Knowing Causes of Wide-Spread Coral Bleaching in Hawaii

Two separate teams want to document and study the reasons behind the coral bleaching being experienced in Oahu, Kauai and Maui. The Catlin Seaview Survey based in Australia is developing a baseline record of the world's coral reefs in high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic vision. Last week, its director Richard Vevers worked with scientists from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coral Watch Program related to this purpose.

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