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Multifaceted study dates massive Tierra Blanca Joven eruption to 431 CE

It has been known that a major volcanic eruption shocked the Maya civilization, but the disaster's precise date and nature were unidentified. In a new study, an international team of archaeologists confirmed that the civilization was rocked by the Tierra Blanca...

October 04, 2020

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Newly identified mass extinction triggered dawn of dinosaurs 233 million years ago

A new study has identified a major mass extinction 233 million years ago, which triggered the dawn of dinosaurs-- the event has been called the Carnian Pluvial Episode. During this era, huge volcanic eruptions emitted carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor into...

September 18, 2020

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Researchers measure Earth's magnetic field in Jerusalem in 586 BCE

Researchers from Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Israel Antiquities Authority were able to measure the Earth's magnetic field in Jerusalem in 586 BCE-- the time when the city was destroyed by the Babylonians. The groundbreaking...

August 20, 2020

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Massive eruption at Alaska's Okmok volcano in 43 B.C.E. linked with cold weather, widespread famine, strange sighting in the sky and the fall of Roman Republic

A new study suggests that the massive Okmok volcano eruption in Alaska in 43 B.C.E. may have caused a nearly two-decade power struggle that led to the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. According to records, the period was marked with...

June 28, 2020

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Massive volcanic eruption in Japan as the cause of severe famine in Europe in 1108

The eruption in Japan's Asamayama volcano in the year 1108 may have led to an extreme weather event that triggered severe famine in Europe, new research revealed. The study is based in part on the research team's analysis of ice cores extracted from glaciers...

June 28, 2020

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New maps reveal unprecedented detail about Zealandia -- Earth's lost 8th continent

Researchers from GNS Science in New Zealand announced that they had mapped the shape and size of Zealandia-- the Earth's lost 8th continent, which is now sitting about 1 067 m (3 500 feet) under the South Pacific. "We've made these maps to provide an...

June 28, 2020

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Scientists solve the mystery behind Moon's monthslong disappearance in the year 1100

In the year 1100, the Moon vanished from the night sky, leaving people in full darkness for several consecutive months. 920 years later, researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland believe they may have finally solved the mystery as their findings showed...

May 20, 2020

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Geologists discover fragment of ancient lost continent off the coast of Canada

Geologists have found a remnant of an ancient lost continent off the coast of Baffin Island in Canada. After studying the samples, the team of scientists identified a fragment of the North Atlantic Craton-- an ancient continental crust from millions of years ago...

April 02, 2020

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Study reveals Earth days were half an hour shorter, years lasted 372 days 70 million years ago

A study of an ancient fossil mollusk shell from the Late Cretaceous revealed that the Earth had days half an hour shorter 70 million years ago. The planet rotated 372 times per year during that period, compared to the 365 to 366 days in the present. The prehistoric...

March 15, 2020

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Aboriginal myth of volcanic eruption at Budj Bim 37 000 years ago based on real geological event

According to a myth told by the Aborigines of southeastern Australia passed down for generations for 37 000 years now, an ancestral-creator being transformed into a volcano now known as Mount Eccles or the extinct Budj Bim. New scientific evidence indicates that...

March 12, 2020

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Researchers find more evidence of catastrophic cosmic impact 12 800 years ago

A group of researchers discovered more evidence of a catastrophic cosmic impact around 12 800 years ago that possibly caused the total destruction of Abu Hureyra in Syria. The site is believed to be one of the first towns on Earth where hunter-gatherers and nomads...

March 09, 2020

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Research voyage reveals formation of Earth's hidden continent Zealandia

Newly published evidence reveals that Earth's hidden continent Zealandia-- which stretches across 5 million km2 (2 million mi2) beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean-- was shaped by two tectonic events. First, it was ripped away from Australia and Antarctica and...

February 18, 2020

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Researchers discover crater from largest known asteroid to ever hit Earth

A newly published research suggests the crater left behind by the biggest asteroid to ever hit Earth has been found. Traces of the gigantic impact of the meteorite, which crashed on the planet approximately 790 000 years ago, have been observed across around 20% of...

January 08, 2020

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Ancient tree rings reveal past megadroughts hit North and South America simultaneously

Scientists have suspected for many years that decades-long droughts occurred in North and South America simultaneously during the Middle Ages. By studying ancient tree rings, pieces of evidence have been discovered that tandem droughts are common over the past 1 200...

January 04, 2020

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Study suggests current loss of species should be called the 'seventh extinction'

The biodiversity crisis we experience today-- defined by the rapid loss of species and rapid degradation of ecosystems-- is believed to be the sixth mass extinction. However, some scientists say it should perhaps be called seventh, suggesting the inclusion of the...

December 23, 2019

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Undersea volcanism as the cause of 'year of darkness' and upheaval period from 536 - 555 A.D.

Researchers presented underwater volcanism as a new interpretation of why the sky mysteriously went dark for over a year beginning 536 A.D., with some parts of Europe and Asia seeing the Sun for only about four hours a day and accounts saying the Sun gave no more...

December 19, 2019

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Ev Cochrane: Did ancient man see a different Sun?

The parent star of planet Earth holds a strange and special place in countless ancient traditions around the world. The celestial body identified as the Sun in myth, religion, ancient astronomies and rock art routinely bares no resemblance at all to our familiar...

November 03, 2019