Tag: Natural History

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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...

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...

Mystery of volcanic tsunami in the Aegean Sea solved after 373 years

The explosion of the underwater volcano Kolumbo in the Aegean Sea in 1650 triggered a destructive tsunami that was described by historical eye witnesses....