Relationship of mass extinctions with volcanism was reaffirmed

Putorana plateau in Taimyr formed of basaltic lava and is part of the Siberian trap province, formed about 250 million years ago with the rise of "mantle plume" — the flow of hot rock from the mantle. Photos of the synopsis to the discussion paper in Nature

The largest mass extinction in Earth's history occurred about 250 million years ago, at the turn of the Permian and Triassic periods. About the same time began the formation of the Siberian Traps — the grand thickness of igneous rocks of a few million cubic kilometers. The assumption of the connection between

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Geologists have found the crash site 11-km asteroid

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Scientists from the University of California at Santa Barbara (University of California, Santa Barbara) set the scene of the asteroid that killed 250 million years ago, almost all life on Earth.

Many people know about the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago and that

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Russian FSB Border Service celebrates its 95th anniversary

Russian FSB Border Service celebrates its 95th anniversary

Employees of the Border Service of Russia today mark its 95th anniversary. Its history, it leads to the formation of the Decree on the frontier, which was signed on 28 May 1918. Meanwhile, the history of the Border Guard in Russia has five centuries.

 This year also marks 10 years since the transfer of the functions of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service (the beginning of the 1990s, after the abolition of the State Security Committee of Border Troops were a separate entity).

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Second low Arctic sea ice

September 9, 2011 the area of Arctic ice has decreased to 4 million 330 thousand square meters. This — the second lowest value in the period of satellite observations (1972), according to the National Data Centre of snow and ice in the United States. This year's low of 160 thousand square meters. km exceeded historic low in 2007 and we got a 2 million 380 thousand square meters. miles less than the average value calculated for a number from 1979 to 2000. However, experts note that the measurement error of plus or minus 50 thousand square meters. km. Record

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The winner of the competition was the Russian programmers Facebook

Programming contest conducted by Facebook in 2012 for the second time, again won by Russia. He received the prize trophy and a check for $ 5 million

The winner Roman Andreev

The winner of the international competition programmers CUP Facebook Hacker is an 18-year-old student St. Petersburg State University Roman Andreev. He received from the organizers of the cup, engraved with his name, and a check for $ 5 million, reported The Next Web.

Final event was held the morning of March 18, 2012 at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park (CA). By the final round there had

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More than 2.6 million people affected by the floods in the south-west China

BEIJING, Sept. 19. / Correspondent. Itar-Tass Kargapol'tsev /. In southwest China's Sichuan province, more than 2.6 million people affected by the floods caused by torrential rains. As writes today "Chengdu Shanbayev" the most serious situation now exists in communities and Chzhunba Dazhou.

To date in Chzhunba from disaster areas to evacuate more than 250 thousand inhabitants. In total, from the disaster it suffered more than 1.3 million people. Local authorities have confirmed the death of 13 people in the village, and another 10 people are still missing.

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South America will not join a new supercontinent

Geologists have found that a new supercontinent, which presumably formed after 250 million years, it will include Antarctica and South America. Research article appeared in the journal Terra Nova.

Supercontinents formed on Earth every few hundred million years — the last was Pangaea, which is 150-220 million years ago split into Laurasia and Gondwana. According to modern ideas will form a new continent in the next 200-300 million years, but there is no scholarly consensus on how this will happen.

Some believe that North America in time to join the Unite

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Life on the planet destroyed Siberian volcanoes

According to the German and Russian geologists, volcanoes, which were in what is now Siberia, caused the death of living creatures 250 million years ago.

That massive eruption of Siberian volcanoes called the main cause of the mass extinctions of species on our planet. According to scientists, by massive eruptions 250 million years ago, killed up to 90% while on the planet lived species. According to the results of long-term studies have shown that in the period in Siberia Triassovy attended so-called large igneous accumulations of volcanic rock. These patches have been active for 1-2 million years old, and

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Pakistan floods hit six million

Flooding in Pakistan is worse than a year ago

Residents of southern Pakistan trying to cope with the consequences of floods, because of which four thousand villages were flooded.

Because of the situation in the southern province of Sindh affected by the disaster most of all, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has canceled a visit to the U.S..

Earlier this year, it was announced that the construction of new dams and repair of old who suffered during the floods last year, behind schedule, and in some places and not started, reports AP.

The EU will give

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Pakistan was flooded again

The two-week showers in the south led to another flood

Pakistani authorities claim that as a result of flooding caused by heavy rains two-week, in the south of the country, in the province of Sindh, killing more than 200 people and affected millions. The government has asked the international community for help.

Water level, says the head of Pakistan's Ministry of Emergency Situations, due to poor drainage constantly rising. In this unfavorable weather forecasts — rains continue.

The water has destroyed or significantly damaged millions of homes and flooded, according to the UN, about 4.2 million acres (about 170,000

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