Antarctic life – highly diverse, unusually structured
The variety of plant and animal life in the Antarctic is much greater than previously thought, reveals an assessment of Antarctic biodiversity published by a team of scientists in the journal Nature this w ...
New evidence suggests Isthmus of Panama was formed earlier than thought
Space technology investigates large-scale changes to Africa's climate
An international research team led by the University of Leicester has mapped the entire African continent south of the Sahara for geographical changes – and has discovered that many areas receive drastically ...
Continental formation more complicated than previously understood
(Phys.org) —The way continents are formed can be far more complicated than previously understood, according to researchers at the University of Aberdeen.
Image: The Italian–French Concordia research station in Antarctica
The Italian–French Concordia research station in Antarctica sits in the largest desert in the world. Situated 3200 m above sea level with temperatures that can reach –80°C, oxygen is scarce and even ...
Ancient tooth offers clues to how and when monkeys left Africa
(Phys.org) —The monkey roadmap out of Africa has a new timetable and route, thanks to a tiny tooth plucked from the Arabian desert.
Industrial lead pollution beat explorers to the South Pole by 22 years and persists today
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December of 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists led by Joe McConnell of Nevada's Desert Research ...
New EU reforms fail European wildlife
Despite political proclamation of increased environmental focus, experts argue that the European Union's recent agricultural reforms are far too weak to have any positive impact on the continent's shrinking ...
Arctic sea ice continues low; Antarctic ice hits a new high
Sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted to its sixth lowest extent this year, while sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent continued to break winter records, according to scientists at the National ...
Fossil shells and new geochemical technique provide clues to ancient climate cooling
Using a new laboratory technique to analyze fossil snail shells, scientists have gained insights into an abrupt climate shift that transformed the planet nearly 34 million years ago.
Does a planet need life to create continents?
If not for life, Earth may not have possessed the continents it does now, instead becoming a planet covered nearly entirely in ocean, researchers say.
No matter the continent, the world's frogs have a lot in common, biologist finds
(Phys.org) —A University of Arizona biologist researching frog evolution has discovered striking similarity in frog species on different continents and proposes two very different ways that this similarity ...
The mysteries of Antarctic sea ice
The world is unmistakeably warming, melting glaciers and raising sea levels world-wide.