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Reconstructing the African humid period

During the end of the last ice age, there were dramatic changes in rainfall across a vast swath of Africa. As the world's large ice sheets receded in northern and southern latitudes, rainfall in much of Africa increased dramatically, ...

dateDec 05, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Greenhouse gases linked to African rainfall

Scientists may have solved a long-standing enigma known as the African Humid Period - an intense increase in cumulative rainfall in parts of Africa that began after a long dry spell following the end of the last ice age and ...

dateDec 04, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Climate control in termite mounds

When they make their way into homes, some species of termites can be destructive pests. Their fungus-harvesting relatives in Africa and Asia, however, are known for their construction prowess, collectively building elaborate ...

dateNov 25, 2014 in General Physics
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Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean

Single-cell phytoplankton in the ocean are responsible for roughly half of global oxygen production, despite vast tracts of the open ocean that are devoid of life-sustaining nutrients. While phytoplankton's ability to adjust ...

dateNov 24, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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A closer look at carbon dioxide

A new simulation of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere provides an ultra-high-resolution look at how the key greenhouse gas moves around the globe and fluctuates in volume throughout the year. These three close-up views ...

dateNov 18, 2014 in Environment
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Warmest oceans ever recorded

"This summer has seen the highest global mean sea surface temperatures ever recorded since their systematic measuring started. Temperatures even exceed those of the record-breaking 1998 El Niño year," says Axel Timmermann, ...

dateNov 14, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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