The Sahara is one of the most arid regions in the world. 9000 years ago, it was a green savannah. Details on the transition could now be reconstructed from samples obtained off the the mouth of the river Nile in the Mediterranean (yellow dot). Image Reproduced from the GEBCO world map 2014,

Rapid end of the Green Sahara 8000 years ago

19 January 2015/Kiel. 9,000 years ago most of the Sahara was not the ultra-arid desert as we know it today. Due to higher precipitation it was covered by large lakes and savannah that were populated by herds of wild game. Scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the Ro...

These manganese nodules, now discovered during expedition SO237 in the Atlantic, are up to 10 million years old. Photo: Thomas Walter

Looking for deep-sea animals – and finding manganese nodules

14 January 2015 / Kiel. The biology of deep-sea animals and processes of plate tectonics are actually the themes of the first expedition of the new German research vessel SONNE. Quite accidentally marine scientists and oceanographers have now encountered an occurrence of manganese nodules which may ...

Recovery of a sediment trap in the North Atlantic. Photo: Chris Marsay, NOC.

Warming slows down oceanic carbon dioxide uptake

January 7, 2015 / Southampton / Kiel. The ocean absorbs a large fraction of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere. A new study published recently in the international journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that higher water temperatures reduce the efficiency of transpor...


Cool deep-water protects coral reefs against heat stress

January 06, 2015, Kiel/Bremerhaven. Cool currents from the deep ocean could save tropical corals from lethal heat stress. Researchers from Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Phuket Marine Biological Center obs...



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