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  • February 15, 2019 9:49 AM | Emily Reichert (Administrator)

    By: Evan Gough

    Source: universetoday.com

    A new study shows that Mars may very well be volcanically active. Nobody’s seen direct evidence of volcanism; no eruptions or magma or anything like that. Rather, the proof is in the water.

    In the past, Mars was a much warmer and wetter place. Now, Mars is still home to lots of water, mostly as vapor and ice. But in August 2018, a study published in Science showed a 20-km-wide lake of liquid water underneath solid ice at the Martian South Pole. The authors of that study suggested that the water was probably kept in liquid state by the pressure from above, and by dissolved salt content.

    But this new research shows that pressure and salt couldn’t have prevented that water from freezing. Only volcanic activity could have kept it warm enough. Specifically, a magma chamber formed in the last few hundred years is the only way that that water could’ve been prevented from freezing.

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  • February 07, 2019 4:41 PM | Emily Reichert (Administrator)

    By: T.J. Pignataro

    Source: The Buffalo News

    The footprint of the perpetually protected forest in Zoar Valley is growing.

    More than 600 acres – about a square mile in area – is being added to the already protected lands in southern Erie and northern Cattaraugus counties as part of a collaboration between a private landowner, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Nature Conservancy.

    Why is that important?

    It's one of the few remaining intact blocks of existing forest areas in the state's Great Lakes region, the Nature Conservancy said.

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  • February 07, 2019 9:05 AM | Emily Reichert (Administrator)

    By: Rodrigo Perez Ortega

    Source: eos.org

    Scientists have observed for some time that the level of sea ice concentration tends to increase shortly after an Arctic cyclone passes over. But in August of 2012, the powerful Great Arctic Cyclone traversed the entire Arctic. Shortly after its passage, scientists recorded the lowest sea ice levels ever, so they thought that the cyclone may have contributed to the sea ice loss. This conundrum sparked the interest of Erika A. P. Schreiber, a graduate student with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, and her supervisor, Mark Serreze.

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  • February 07, 2019 9:04 AM | Emily Reichert (Administrator)

    By: Allison Dunne

    Source: wamc.org

    The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council met Tuesday and recommended maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals that turned up a few years ago in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.

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  • February 07, 2019 8:59 AM | Emily Reichert (Administrator)

    By: Alexandra Witze

    Source: nature.com

    Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron sloshing within the planet’s core. The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.

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