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Scientists: Earthworm Poop Contains Detailed Climate Record


Science & Tech  (tags: discovery, scientists, research, climate, interesting, news, science, environment )

Carrie
- 536 days ago - rawstory.com
Scientists announced a new discovery about earthworms this week, saying the tiny calcite granules found in their excrement actually contain a detailed record of Earth's climate history.



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Comments

Sharon W. (4)
Monday July 8, 2013, 2:20 pm
Important, but oh so funny!
 

Marlene Dinkins (245)
Monday July 8, 2013, 3:41 pm
noted wonderful poo story!!!!!
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:24 pm
Nature can be so cute!
 

Laurie H. (730)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:24 pm
When you think about it, earthworms have given us so much---and now this!!! Cute article and interesting =Thanks Carrie!~~~
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Monday July 8, 2013, 5:39 pm
Thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:03 pm
interesting post, thank you Carrie
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Monday July 8, 2013, 8:37 pm
Just like tree rings only different - and that was my thought before reading the article, so I must know a little bit.
 

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Monday July 8, 2013, 11:37 pm
Cool ,thanks !
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (395)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 12:29 am
This is really interesting!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:44 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Shaheen N. (64)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:18 am
Interesting Post. Thanks Carrie.
 

Julie F. (67)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:46 am
Good to know
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 10:23 am
"Today, scientists rely heavily upon the climate records stored deep within polar ice, drilling out core samples from deep ice to find ancient, untouched stores of trapped atmospheric gasses. Thatís how scientists know that the Antarcticís summer ice is thawing this year at a rate thatís 10 times faster than at any point in history, among other discoveries this innovation has led to."

Al Gore talked about this in relation to the Greenland glaciers and the Arctic ice cap - which is almost gone, that Antarctica is also in danger is lesser known but even more dangerous in terms of more rapid warming and sea level rise from the enormous amount of water in that ice field. I've seen pictures of monster holes in it pouring freshwater into the sea, like swiss cheese, weakening the entire structure and calving icebergs at an unprecedented rate. We may learn a lot from this new discovery but we won't learn how to reverse what humanity has done. Our planet is about to teach us an extremely severe lesson, whether we survive it is the question to think about now.
 

Lisa Zilli (17)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 7:36 pm
Doesn't matter how much evidence we find. The climate change deniers will never accept the fact that we are heavily contributing to global warming.
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:10 pm
Good posting, thanks
 
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