Natural History

New maps show shrinking wilderness being ignored at our peril

Maps of the world's most important wilderness areas are now freely available online following a University of Queensland and Wildlife Conservation Society-led study published in Scientific Data.. Credit: Wildlife Conservation Society The...

Probing materials at deep-Earth conditions to decipher Earth’s evolutionary tale

Far below the Earth's surface, about 1,800 miles deep, lies a roiling magmatic region sandwiched between the solid...

Earth now and 2.5 billion years ago: New study of air helps understanding both

Sulfur isotope has helped reveal surprising information about both the origins of life on Earth and modern sources...

Japan whale hunt kills 122 pregnant minkes

Japan killed 122 pregnant minke whales during a highly controversial annual whaling expedition that Tokyo defends as scientific...

Physicists explain why changes to Earth’s magnetic field are weaker over the Pacific

A new study by University of Alberta physicists provides an explanation for why changes to Earth's magnetic field...

Europe was not covered by dense forest before the arrival of modern humans

Textbooks on biology and forestry make it clear that large parts of Europe would naturally be covered by dense forests. The textbook narrative is that...

Why a surprising discovery, warming seas and the demise of the ‘Meg’ may spell trouble for more and more sharks

Some unexpected shark strandings and subsequent surprises following autopsies have, ironically, taken marine biologists millions of years back in time as they look to...

How salt from the Caribbean affects our climate

The distribution of salt by ocean currents plays a crucial role in regulating the global climate. This is what researchers from Dalhousie University in...

How a cli­mate model can il­lus­trate and ex­plain ice-age cli­mate vari­ab­il­ity

Dur­ing the last ice age, the last gla­cial max­imum about 20,000 years ago, the cli­mate in the North At­lantic un­der­went much greater multi-centen­nial vari­ab­il­ity...

Alpine rock reveals dynamics of plate movements in Earth’s interior

Examining how plates move in Earth's mantle and how mountains form is no easy feat. Certain rocks that have sunk deep into Earth's interior...

Meltwater flowing beneath Antarctic glaciers may be accelerating their retreat

A new Antarctic ice sheet modeling study from scientists at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography suggests that meltwater flowing out to sea...
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