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Monthly Archives: May 2014

  • MARTIAN MINERAL COULD BE LINKED TO MICROBES

    MARTIAN MINERAL COULD BE LINKED TO MICROBES

    Dr Burne and his colleagues from ANU, University of Western Australia (UWA) and rock imaging company Lithicon, have found microbes can become encrusted by stevensite, which protects their delicate insides and provides the rigidity to allow them to build reef-like structures called “microbialites”.“Microbialites are the earliest large-scale evidence of life on Earth,” Dr Burne said.“They demonstrate how microscopic organisms are able to join together to build enormous structures that sometimes rivalled the size of today's coral reefs.”He said the process ... Read More

  • Changing winds send Australia’s rain to Antarctica

    Changing winds send Australia’s rain to Antarctica

    Models run at NCI have revealed why southern Australia is recording more droughts.Using the NCI supercomputing facilities, Dr Steven Phipps from UNSW discovered that greenhouse gases have disrupted the winds that deliver rain to southern Australia, pushing them towards Antarctica instead.“I ran a whole suite of climate model simulations to evaluate how different climate drivers might have played a role in the trends we’ve seen in the Southern Ocean winds,” he said.“I found that prior to the 20th century, the ... Read More

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