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February, 2001
Study: California faults could produce bigger quakes ( 2/28)
Faults buried deep beneath the streets of California could produce larger earthquakes than previously thought, say researchers who studied India's recent 7.7-magnitude quake.
Africa's great shrinking Lake Chad ( 2/28)
One of the world's biggest lakes is shrinking dramatically and a report released Tuesday blames humans and nature.
New Analysis Of Meteorite Shows Key Ingredients For Life On Earth May Have Been Delivered By Comets ( 2/28)
An object that fell to Earth more than 136 years ago has revealed new clues about the origin of meteorites in space and new information about how life may have started on early Earth.
Pakistan says more dinosaur fossils discovered (Environmental News Network 2/25)
Scientists in Pakistan have discovered around 1,500 fossilized dinosaur bones thought to be about 70 million years old, a geological survey official said on Saturday.
Asteroid Or Comet Triggered Death Of Most Species 250 Million Years Ago ( 2/23)
Earth's most severe mass extinction - an event 250 million years ago that wiped out 90 percent of all marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates - was triggered by a collision with a comet or asteroid, according to new findings by a team led by a University of Washington scientist.
Another big dinosaur find reported in Argentina ( (Reuters) 2/23)
An Argentine paleontologist claimed on Thursday to have unearthed remains of the world's largest dinosaur in the latest find to show the nation's richness in bones -- and its competition between their hunters.
Significant Changes Likely In The Arctic From Climate Change (Environmental News Network 2/20)
Massive changes in the Arctic, which are likely to have dramatic impacts on the world's weather systems, fisheries, wildlife and people living in the far North, are today (MON) forecast by scientists studying global warming.
Ice Caps In Africa, Tropical South America Likely To Disappear Within 15 Years ( 2/19)
Many glaciers and ice caps atop mountains in Africa and South America will probably have melted within the next 15 years because of global warming and little can be done to save them, an Ohio State University researcher explained today.
Microbes may live in Antarctic lake (Environmental News Network 2/19)
Buried under thousands of feet of ice in the Antarctic are a series of fresh water lakes unexposed to the open air for millions of years but possibly holding a thriving community of microbes, scientists say.
NEAR bounces to historic landing on asteroid Eros (Environmental News Network 2/13)
Space probe NEAR Shoemaker came to a bouncing landing on asteroid Eros Monday, the first time any craft has landed on this kind of space rock.
DNA Shows Modern Humans Not Just From Africa, Say Scientists ( 2/9)
Australian scientists said today they had analyzed the oldest DNA ever taken from human remains, and that the results challenge the theory that modern humans evolved from African ancestors alone.
Huge Natural Crystals Found in Cave ( 2/08)
The largest natural crystals on Earth have been discovered in two caves within a silver and zinc mine near Naica, in Chihuahua, Mexico, according to mine officials.
How Old Is the Universe? ( 2/08)
A team of international scientists may have found the answer to a question that has baffled astronomers for centuries: how old is our universe?

Scientists Fear Cycle of Global Warming Melting of Permafrost Could Cause More Warming ( 2/07)
U.N. scientists said today that global warming was melting the Arctic's permafrost, causing it to release greenhouse gases that could in turn raise temperatures even higher.
Australian scientists pickle giant squid (Environmental News Network 2/07)
A giant squid 40 feet long and weighing 440 pounds has been pickled by Australian scientists to preserve the near perfect specimen of the mysterious giant of the deep.
Massive Polar Glacier Melting (AP, via CBS 2/06)
Scientists have worried for decades that the Antarctic ice sheet was shrinking, threatening a global rise in sea level. Now, satellite studies show that about 7.5 cubic miles of ice have eroded from a key area in just eight years.
Rare Salt-Water Camel May Be Separate Species (Rueters 2/06)
A rare breed of wild, salt water-drinking camels found in China and Mongolia are now thought to be a different species from their domesticated cousins, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
Lake Superior ebbs to lowest level since 1926 (Environmental News Network 2/06)
After three warm and relatively dry winters, the level of Lake Superior has dropped 14 inches below its long term average for February, according to the most recent data released by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Japan Scientists to Closely Monitor Mount Fuji (Reuters, via Environmental News Network 2/06)
Japanese volcanic experts will closely monitor Mount Fuji following recent signs of faint seismic activity under the famed national symbol, officials said on Tuesday.
Quake survivors lodge complaints against builders (Reuters, via Environmental News Network 2/02)
Homeless survivors of India's earthquake have begun lodging complaints against builders, architects and planners, alleging their apartments had collapsed because of shoddy work, police said on Friday.

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