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Life Has Been Found in a Low-Oxygen, Super-Salty, Sub-Zero Arctic Spring
24th June 2022 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Earth, Weird

Fed by waters that pass through 600 meters (1,970 ft) of permafrost, the sub-zero, salty, virtually oxygen-free Lost Hammer Spring in the Canadian Arctic is one of the harshest places on Earth. Even here, however, life finds a way.

Terrawatch: saltier oceans could have prevented Earth from freezing
22nd June 2022 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The Sun shone 20% less brightly on early Earth, and yet fossil evidence shows that our planet had warm shallow seas where stromatolites – microbial mats – thrived.

Stonehenge summer solstice: Thousands welcome back celebrations
21st June 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Earth, Humans

More than 6,000 people have gathered to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge for the summer solstice. It is the first time since the pandemic that the stone circles in Salisbury and Avebury have been open to the public for the event.

 

Friendly fungi help forests fight climate change
20th June 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

A forest is home to billions of living things, some of them too small to be seen by the naked eye. Collectively, these micro-scale species contribute more to our planet than most of us could imagine.

Scientists Have Found The Oldest Wildfires on Record, Dating Back 430 Million Years
20th June 2022 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans

Scientists have tracked down the oldest wildfires ever detected thanks to 430-million-year-old charcoal deposits from Wales and Poland. They give us valuable insight into what life on Earth was like during the Silurian period.

Pre-historic Wallacea: A melting pot of human genetic ancestries
10th June 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Wallacean islands have always been separated from Asia and Oceania by deep-sea waters. Yet, these tropical islands were a corridor for modern humans migrating into the Pleistocene Australia-New Guinea landmass (Sahul) and have been home to modern human groups for at least 47,000 years.

The world’s biggest clone is a 77-square-mile ‘immortal’ meadow of seagrass
1st June 2022 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth

Scientists have discovered the world’s biggest clone in Australia: A massive network of seagrass meadows that covers more than 77 square miles (200 square kilometers). The network of meadows is actually one single plant that has been continually cloning itself for almost 4,500 years.

Ancient cypress in Chile may be the world’s oldest tree, new study suggests
1st June 2022 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Earth

Scientists in Chile believe that a conifer with a four-metre-thick trunk known as the Great-Grandfather could be the world’s oldest living tree, beating the current record-holder by more than 600 years.

Ruins of Hidden 3,400-Year-Old City Emerge as Giant Dam Dries Up
31st May 2022 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

As waters and ice recede under warming conditions, the traces of people and civilizations long gone from the mortal realm emerge.

‘Completely new’ type of magnetic wave found surging through Earth’s core
27th May 2022 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Weird

Scientists have detected a completely new type of magnetic wave that surges through Earth‘s outer core every seven years, warping the strength of our planet’s magnetic field in the process.

Can science explain the beginning of the Universe?
27th May 2022 bigthink.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Weird

The story of the Universe is fundamentally our story, too. We want to know where it all started. Current descriptions of the origin of the Universe rest on the two pillars of 20th-century physics: general relativity and quantum mechanics. There are many questions that call for intellectual humility, and the origin of the Universe is foremost among them.

Ancient crocodile found in Peru sheds new light on their origin
25th May 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

A team of researchers at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, working with colleagues from the U.S. and France, has uncovered a prehistoric crocodile fossil in Peru.

Terrawatch: is Earth’s core going rusty?
25th May 2022 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Weird

Research suggests Earth’s biggest deposit of iron – its core – could also be going rusty.

First complex ecosystems formed in Ediacaran – millions of years earlier than thought
18th May 2022 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

New research coming out of the University of Cambridge, UK, suggests that complex ecosystems emerged earlier than we thought, in a period of Earth’s history called the Ediacaran.

Potentially Alive 830-Million-Year-Old Organisms Found Trapped in Ancient Rock
16th May 2022 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

An incredible discovery has just revealed a potential new source for understanding life on ancient Earth.

Giant sinkhole with a forest inside found in China
13th May 2022 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Weird

The sinkhole is 630 feet (192 meters) deep, according to the Xinhua news agency, deep enough to just swallow St. Louis’ Gateway Arch.

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