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Nobel Prize in Literature 1966 overview

The archives -- of the Nobel Prize deliberations from fifty years earlier, the official waiting period -- were opened at the beginning of the year, and newspaper reports already provided most of this information (which I summarized for...Show More Summary

German mystery prize

The 'Deutscher Krimi Preis' is all prestige, no cash, but with a solid, serious jury it is well-respected (and claims to be the oldest German mystery-book prize -- at a not very old 33...), and they've now announced the winners (andShow More Summary

“Voter fraud ‘test’ could backfire”

Martin Wisckol for the OC Register: Huntington Beach’s Chuck Burns grew concerned as he heard repeated — but mostly unsubstantiated — allegations of voter fraud last year. So once the November election was over, he decided to see how easy … Continue reading ?

The Televangelist - the movie

The American University in Cairo Press launched their hoopoe-imprint last year, and among their first titles was Ibrahim Essa's The Televangelist. I see now that a film version has come out -- listed as 'Mawlana' at IMDb -- the Arabic...Show More Summary

Tidal rhythmites in the southern Bouse Formation as evidence for post-Miocene uplift of the lower Colorado River corridor

Uncertainty over depositional paleoenvironments of the upper Miocene to lower Pliocene Bouse Formation obscures our understanding of the timing and magnitude of regional uplift as well as the conditions and processes that were active during integration and early evolution of the Colorado River (western United States). Show More Summary

Tracing crustal evolution by U-Th-Pb, Sm-Nd, and Lu-Hf isotopes in detrital monazite and zircon from modern rivers

Detrital zircon U-Pb age and Hf isotope studies are useful for identifying the chemical evolution of the continental crust. Zircon, however, is typically a magmatic mineral and thus often fails to document the timing of low-grade metamorphism,...Show More Summary

Overbank sedimentation from the historic A.D. 2011 flood along the Lower Mississippi River, USA

In this study, we document sedimentary characteristics of overbank flood deposits associated with the epic A.D. 2011 flood along the Lower Mississippi River (southern USA) and directly compare the findings to sedimentation from a comparable...Show More Summary

Regional variability in the frequency and magnitude of large explosive volcanic eruptions

Quantifying the frequency at which volcanic eruptions of different size occurs is important for hazard assessment. Volcanic records can be used to estimate the recurrence rate of large-magnitude eruptions (magnitude ?4), but recording biases that impact data completeness complicate analysis. Show More Summary

Silicified glendonites in the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation (South China) and their potential paleoclimatic implications

The Ediacaran Period is punctuated by the ca. 580 Ma Gaskiers glaciation in Newfoundland. However, paleoclimatic data are scarce in Ediacaran successions in South China, where abundant geochemical and paleobiological data are shaping current understanding of Ediacaran evolutionary and environmental history. Show More Summary

An urban collection of modern-day large micrometeorites: Evidence for variations in the extraterrestrial dust flux through the Quaternary

We report the discovery of significant numbers (500) of large micrometeorites (>100 ?m) from rooftops in urban areas. The identification of particles as micrometeorites is achieved on the basis of their compositions, mineralogies, and textures. Show More Summary

Barrier island migration dominates ecogeomorphic feedbacks and drives salt marsh loss along the Virginia Atlantic Coast, USA

Coupling between barrier islands and their associated backbarrier environments (salt marsh, tidal flats) leads to complex ecogeomorphic feedbacks that are proposed to control the response of barrier island systems to relative sea-level rise. Show More Summary

The dynamics of gold in regolith change with differing environmental conditions over time

Significant Au discoveries are becoming less common because the remaining prospective, underexplored areas are obscured by transported cover. At Moolart Well (Western Australia), secondary Au deposits hosted in transported pisolitic ferricrete and saprolite are overlain by younger transported cover. Show More Summary

A new attraction-detachment model for explaining flow sliding in clay-rich tephras

Altered pyroclastic (tephra) deposits are highly susceptible to landsliding, leading to fatalities and property damage every year. Halloysite, a low-activity clay mineral, is commonly associated with landslide-prone layers within altered tephra successions, especially in deposits with high sensitivity, which describes the post-failure strength loss. Show More Summary

A probabilistic analysis of meteorically altered {delta}13C chemostratigraphy from late Paleozoic ice age carbonate platforms

The stratigraphic expression of meteoric diagenesis in carbonates is a glimpse into the weathering, fluid transport, and biological productivity of the ancient near-surface terrestrial environment. To infer this environmental information,...Show More Summary

Foreland exhumation controlled by crustal thickening in the Western Alps

In alpine-type collision belts, deformation of the foreland may occur as a result of forward propagation of thrusting and is generally associated with thin-skinned deformation mobilizing the sedimentary cover in fold-and-thrust belts. Show More Summary

Evidence of an axial magma chamber beneath the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge

Ultraslow-spreading ridges are a novel class of spreading centers symbolized by amagmatic crustal accretion, exposing vast amounts of mantle-derived peridotites on the seafloor. However, distinct magmatic centers with high topographies and thick crusts are also observed within the deep axial valleys. Show More Summary

Contrasting magmatic cannibalism forms evolved phonolitic magmas in the Canary Islands

Volcanic sequences on ocean islands record the temporal evolution of underlying magmatic systems and provide insights into how silicic crust is produced away from convergent margins. Assimilation has often been suspected to contribute,...Show More Summary

Global-ocean redox variation during the middle-late Permian through Early Triassic based on uranium isotope and Th/U trends of marine carbonates

Uranium isotopes ( 238 U/ 235 U) in carbonates, a proxy for global-ocean redox conditions owing to their redox sensitivity and long residence time in seawater, exhibit substantial variability in the Daxiakou section of south China from the upper-middle Permian through the mid-lower Triassic (~9 m.y.). Show More Summary

Resolving the role of carbonaceous material in gold precipitation in metasediment-hosted orogenic gold deposits

Carbonaceous material (CM) is commonly associated with gold and sulfides in metasediment-hosted orogenic gold deposits. The role of CM in Au deposition is controversial; CM has been proposed to contribute to gold deposition by reducing...Show More Summary

Combining radiocarbon and cosmogenic ages to constrain the timing of the last glacial-interglacial transition in the Uinta Mountains, Utah, USA

Twenty lake sediment cores extracted upstream from Last Glacial Maximum terminal moraines constrain the timing of the glacial-interglacial transition in the Uinta Mountains, Utah (USA). The stratigraphy observed in the cores, and accelerator mass spectrometry 14 C dating of inorganic silty clay beneath gyttja, temporally constrain local deglaciation. Show More Summary

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