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A new approach can predict pollution from cooking emissions

Organic aerosols may stay in the atmosphere for several days. Because of nanostructures formed by fatty acids as they are released into the air. Scientists...

Tungsten isotopes in seawater expose co-evolution of Earth’s mantle and continents

Andrea Mundl-Petermeier and Sebastian Viehmann of the Department of Lithospheric Research at the University of Vienna have demonstrated that a new geochemical archive which...

Climate change will force big shift in the timing, amount of snowmelt across the Colorado River Basin

New research predicts that changes in mountain snowmelt will shift peak streamflows to much earlier in the year for the vast Colorado River Basin....

Study provides methods for obtaining source apportionment of soil heavy metals

Previous studies have indicated that soil heavy metals (HMs) contaminating the surrounding of mining areas mainly emanates from industrial emissions. Research on the quantification...

Ancient microorganisms found in halite may have implications for search for life

Primary fluid inclusions in bedded halite from the 830-million-year-old Browne Formation of central Australia contain organic solids and liquids. It is documented with transmitted...

Soil analysis finds significant contamination from heavy metals in UK churchyards

Dangerous elements like lead are present in concentrated levels in graveyard soils around UK churches. It presents potentially major problem for surrounding communities and potential...

New research on Pacific climate pattern may lead to improved cyclone forecasting

El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) which is the climate pattern involving warming or cooling sea surface temperatures in the Pacific has immense influence on the...

A recorder of weather scale precipitation eventsisLand snail shell

Extreme weather events can exert profound impacts on society, economy and the environment. Short instrumental data limits our understanding of their mechanism and the evaluation of...

Scientists identify the most extreme heatwaves ever recorded globally

A new study has revealed the most intense heatwaves ever across the world and remarkably some of these went almost unnoticed decades ago. The...

Characterizing limestone rocks with Raman spectroscopy

New research shows that it is possible to classify rocks according to the size of the particles they contain during quarrying by using a...

Investigating Earth’s interior using the distribution of electrical conductivity and density in the crust

Knowledge about the structure and composition of the Earth's crust is important for understanding the dynamics of the Earth. The presence or absence of...

Earthquake modelers unite to compare and improve code

Movement along faults in Earth's crust can be sudden and jarring. It can occur more gradually over thousands of years. Any kind of movement...

Study reveals petrogenesis of porphyry copper deposits in southern Tibet

The Gangdese porphyry copper deposit belt (GPCDB) is along the southern margin of Lhasa Terrane. The deposits of GPCDB were formed in the Miocene...

Volcanoes at fault if the Earth slips

The 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes shocked the inhabitants of the western island of Kyushu. It caused hundreds of casualties and serious damage to vital infrastructure. The...

Scientists find reworking of juvenile crust in the late Mesozoic in North Qinling, Central China

Mesozoic granitoids are widely distributed in Qinling orogen. They provide authentic clues for understanding the crustal evolution and geodynamic evolution of the orogenic belt. Prof....