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21st July 365: "Day of Horror" in the Mediterranean

The largest recorded Mediterranean earthquake and tsunami helps to understand modern hazards.

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Lake in the jungle: new insights into the development of the Earth's atmosphere 3 bn years ago

Surprising finding: microbes primarily release methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas.

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Mountain growth influences greenhouse effect

Weathering of rocks can bind or release carbon dioxide – In active mountain ranges, carbon-dioxide release strongly dominates

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Preconditions for life already 3.5 billion years ago

For the first time, organic molecules could be detected in such old liquids as possible nutrients for primordial microbes.

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42,000-year-old sub-fossil trees: more accurate analysis of reversal of Earth's magnetic field

Radiocarbon measurements on kauri trees also provide the basis for better calibration of geological archives of this period.

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How do electrons close to Earth reach almost the speed of light?

New study found that electrons can reach ultra-relativistic energies for very special conditions in the magnetosphere when space is devoid of plasma.

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Past river activity in northern Africa reveals multiple Sahara greenings

The analysis of sediment cores from the Mediterranean Sea tells the story of major environmental changes in North Africa over the last 160,000 years.

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Perspectives paper shows need for research on underground hydrogen storage

Perspectives paper shows need for research on storing hydrogen in porous rock reservoirs - as a prerequisite for a global hydrogen economy.

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Board of Trustees dismisses Prof. Hüttl

Prof. Reinhard Hüttl dismissed from his position as Scientific Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.

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Glacier ice algae boost Greenland's ice melt - nourished by phosphorus

Mineral dust is an important source for that. With their dark colour, the mircoorganisms speed up the melting of the ice. New data help optimise climate models.

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