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Strong winter dust storms may have caused the collapse of the Akkadian Empire

Fossil coral records provide new evidence that frequent winter shamals, or dust storms, and a prolonged cold winter season contributed to the collapse of the ancient Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Dust from a giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age

About 466 million years ago, long before the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth froze. The seas began to ice over at the Earth’s poles, and new species evolved with the new temperatures. The cause of this ice age was … Continue reading

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Crack in Pacific seafloor caused volcanic chain to go dormant

Geologists have discovered that 50 million years ago a chain of volcanoes between Northeast Asia and Russia were forced into a period of dormancy that lasted for 10 million years. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever

Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. The extinction 252 million years ago was so dramatic and widespread that scientists call it … Continue reading

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Ice Age climate caused sediment sourcing in Gulf of Mexico to switch dramatically

The onset of the most recent ice age about 2.6 million years ago changed where the western Gulf of Mexico gets its supply of sediments. The finding adds new insight into how extreme climate change can directly impact fundamental geological … Continue reading

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Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath

By combining ocean models, animal metabolism and fossil records, researchers show that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by global warming that left animals unable to breathe. As temperatures rose and the metabolism of marine animals sped … Continue reading

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‘True polar wander’ may have caused ice age

Earth’s latest ice age may have been caused by changes deep inside the planet. Based on evidence from the Pacific Ocean, including the position of the Hawaiian Islands. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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Climate change likely caused migration, demise of ancient Indus Valley civilization

A new study found evidence that climate change likely drove the Harappans to resettle far away from the floodplains of the Indus. Paleontology News — ScienceDaily

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What caused the mass extinction of Earth’s first animals?

Fossil records tell us that the first macroscopic animals appeared on Earth about 575 million years ago. Twenty-four million years later, the diversity of animals began to mysteriously decline, leading to Earth’s first know mass extinction event. A research team … Continue reading

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What Prompted Mexico’s Newest Earthquakes

A map of the tectonic plate forces that topic Mexico to common earthquakes. Credit score: USGS One other lethal earthquake struck deep beneath Mexico. Shortly after midday on Tuesday, an earthquake violently shook the world round Mexico Metropolis, collapsing quite … Continue reading

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