Thursday, October 22, 2009

Appalachians may have triggered mass extinction

Are the Appalachian mountains responsible for the second-largest mass extinction in history? That’s the case says a team of Indiana University researchers. (New Scientist) After the mountain range stopped growing, the resulting increase in weathering would have caused a plunge in atmospheric CO2, leading to a rapid cooling of the planet. “For most species the temperature change was too sudden for them to adapt.”

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.