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Christophe Kahlfuss, Sandrine Denis-Quanquin, Nathalie Calin, Elise Dumont, Marco Garavelli, Guy Royal, Saioa Cobo, Eric Saint-Aman, Christophe Bucher
Viologen-centered electron transfer is used to trigger a complete dissociation of a porphyrin-based coordination polymer. In the oxidized state, self-assembly is induced by iterative association of individual porphyrin-based tectons. Dissociation of the self-assembled species is actuated upon changing the redox state of the bipyridium units involved in the tectons from their dicationic state to their radical cation state, the driving force of the disassembling process being the formation of an intramolecularly locked conformation partly stabilized by π-dimerization of both viologen cation radicals...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Hossein Rajabpour, Abdorreza Vaezihir
The North Tabriz Fault (NTF) is the predominant regional-scale tectonic structure in the northwest of Iran. In the east side of the city of Tabriz, a portion of the fault trend has been completely concealed by recent sediments and urbanization. In this paper, some hydrogeological methods are used to locate the concealed sector. As is clear from the pumping tests results, despite the fact that the northern observation wells were closer to the pumping wells than the southern ones, they have not been affected by pumping...
October 17, 2016: Ground Water
Olga De Castro, Antonietta Di Maio, Mirko Di Febbraro, Gennaro Imparato, Michele Innangi, Errol Véla, Bruno Menale
The Mediterranean coastline is a dynamic and complex system which owes its complexity to its past and present vicissitudes, e.g. complex tectonic history, climatic fluctuations, and prolonged coexistence with human activities. A plant species that is widespread in this habitat is the sea daffodil, Pancratium maritimum (Amaryllidaceae), which is a perennial clonal geophyte of the coastal sands of the Mediterranean and neighbouring areas, well adapted to the stressful conditions of sand dune environments. In this study, an integrated approach was used, combining genetic and environmental data with a niche modelling approach, aimed to investigate: (1) the effect of climate change on the geographic range of this species at different times {past (last inter-glacial, LIG; and last glacial maximum, LGM), present (CURR), near-future (FUT)} and (2) the possible influence of environmental variables on the genetic structure of this species in the current period...
2016: PloS One
Yoav Nahum, Irit Bahar, Massimo Busin
PURPOSE: To report the use of Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) for treatment of sterile corneal perforations accompanying endothelial decompensation. METHODS: In this multicenter interventional case series, we reviewed the medical records of all tectonic DSAEK surgeries performed at Villa Serena-Villa Igea private Hospitals (Forlì, Italy) and Rabin Medical Center (Petach Tikva, Israel) between January 2014 and March 2016. RESULTS: Three patients with endothelial decompensation and sterile corneal perforation (n = 2) or impending corneal perforation (n = 1) underwent DSAEK between 2014 and 2015 at Villa Igea Hospital, Forlì, Italy, and Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva, Israel...
October 5, 2016: Cornea
G K P Cruz, S B da Silva, I C de Azevedo, D P S R P Carvalho, P F Meireles, M A F Júnior, A F Vitor
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study was to characterize the epidemiological profile and average time on the waiting list of patients undergoing an urgent corneal transplantation (CT) in a referral center in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, northeastern Brazil. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included cases of urgent corneal transplants performed in a referral center from January 2010 to December 2014. Data were collected between January and March 2015. RESULTS: Seventy-four cases of emergency CT were analyzed...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
F Sara Ceccarelli, Brent D Opell, Charles R Haddad, Robert J Raven, Eduardo M Soto, Martín J Ramírez
Closely related organisms with transoceanic distributions have long been the focus of historical biogeography, prompting the question of whether long-distance dispersal, or tectonic-driven vicariance shaped their current distribution. Regarding the Southern Hemisphere continents, this question deals with the break-up of the Gondwanan landmass, which has also affected global wind and oceanic current patterns since the Miocene. With the advent of phylogenetic node age estimation and parametric bioinformatic advances, researchers have been able to disentangle historical evolutionary processes of taxa with greater accuracy...
2016: PloS One
Sagar Masuti, Sylvain D Barbot, Shun-Ichiro Karato, Lujia Feng, Paramesh Banerjee
Water, the most abundant volatile in Earth's interior, preserves the young surface of our planet by catalysing mantle convection, lubricating plate tectonics and feeding arc volcanism. Since planetary accretion, water has been exchanged between the hydrosphere and the geosphere, but its depth distribution in the mantle remains elusive. Water drastically reduces the strength of olivine and this effect can be exploited to estimate the water content of olivine from the mechanical response of the asthenosphere to stress perturbations such as the ones following large earthquakes...
October 10, 2016: Nature
Yan Hu, Roland Bürgmann, Paramesh Banerjee, Lujia Feng, Emma M Hill, Takeo Ito, Takao Tabei, Kelin Wang
The concept of a weak asthenospheric layer underlying Earth's mobile tectonic plates is fundamental to our understanding of mantle convection and plate tectonics. However, little is known about the mechanical properties of the asthenosphere (the part of the upper mantle below the lithosphere) underlying the oceanic crust, which covers about 60 per cent of Earth's surface. Great earthquakes cause large coseismic crustal deformation in areas hundreds of kilometres away from and below the rupture area. Subsequent relaxation of the earthquake-induced stresses in the viscoelastic upper mantle leads to prolonged postseismic crustal deformation that may last several decades and can be recorded with geodetic methods...
October 10, 2016: Nature
Vamsi Ganti, Christoph von Hagke, Dirk Scherler, Michael P Lamb, Woodward W Fischer, Jean-Philippe Avouac
Deciphering erosion rates over geologic time is fundamental for understanding the interplay between climate, tectonic, and erosional processes. Existing techniques integrate erosion over different time scales, and direct comparison of such rates is routinely done in earth science. On the basis of a global compilation, we show that erosion rate estimates in glaciated landscapes may be affected by a systematic averaging bias that produces higher estimated erosion rates toward the present, which do not reflect straightforward changes in erosion rates through time...
October 2016: Science Advances
Sarah J Ivory, Margaret W Blome, John W King, Michael M McGlue, Julia E Cole, Andrew S Cohen
Long paleoecological records are critical for understanding evolutionary responses to environmental forcing and unparalleled tools for elucidating the mechanisms that lead to the development of regions of high biodiversity. We use a 1.2-My record from Lake Malawi, a textbook example of biological diversification, to document how climate and tectonics have driven ecosystem and evolutionary dynamics. Before ∼800 ka, Lake Malawi was much shallower than today, with higher frequency but much lower amplitude water-level and oxygenation changes...
October 3, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Alexandra Cucoş Dinu, Monica I Călugăr, Bety D Burghele, Oana A Dumitru, Constantin Cosma, Bogdan P Onac
A comprehensive radon survey has been carried out in seven caves located in the western half of Romania's most significant karst regions. Touristic and non-touristic caves were investigated with the aim to provide a reliable distribution of their radon levels and evaluate the occupational exposure and associated effective doses. Radon gas concentrations were measured with long-term diffusion-type detectors during two consecutive seasons (warm and cold). All investigated caves exceed the European Union reference level of radon gas at workplaces (300 Bq/m(3))...
October 1, 2016: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Jairo Patiño, Jian Wang, Matt A M Renner, S Robbert Gradstein, Benjamin Laenen, Nicolas Devos, A Jonathan Shaw, Alain Vanderpoorten
Why some species exhibit larger geographical ranges than others, and to what extent does variation in range size affect diversification rates, remains a fundamental, but largely unanswered question in ecology and evolution. Here, we implement phylogenetic comparative analyses and ancestral area estimations in Radula, a liverwort genus of Cretaceous origin, to investigate the mechanisms that explain differences in geographical range size and diversification rates among lineages. Range size was phylogenetically constrained in the two sub-genera characterized by their almost complete Australasian and Neotropical endemicity, respectively...
September 21, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Yoshiro Tahara, Mizuki Sakiyama, Shigeo Takeda, Tomoki Nishimura, Sada-Atsu Mukai, Shin-Ichi Sawada, Yoshihiro Sasaki, Kazunari Akiyoshi
Hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) is a fascinating polysaccharide to use in developing a nanogel to be a thermoresponsive building unit for nanogel tectonic materials. Cholesterol-bearing HPC (Ch-HPC) self-assembled to form nanogels through hydrophobic interactions of the cholesteryl groups in water. Ch-HPC nanogels had a lower critical solution temperature in line with that of native HPC. The particle size of Ch-HPC nanogels was reversibly controlled by the temperature and salting-out effect. The thermoresponsive property was also observed in Ch-HPC nanogel-cross-linked macrogels...
September 23, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shin-Chan Han, Jeanne Sauber, Fred Pollitz
Large earthquakes often trigger viscoelastic adjustment for years to decades depending on the rheological properties and the nature and spatial extent of coseismic stress. The 2006 Mw8.3 thrust and 2007 Mw8.1 normal fault earthquakes of the central Kuril Islands resulted in significant postseismic gravity change in GRACE but without a discernible coseismic gravity change. The gravity increase of ~4 µGal, observed consistently from various GRACE solutions around the epicentral area during 2007-2015, is interpreted as resulting from gradual seafloor uplift by ~6 cm produced by postseismic relaxation...
April 16, 2016: Geophysical Research Letters
Graham P Wallis, Jonathan M Waters, Phaedra Upton, David Craw
The allopatric model of biological speciation involves fracturing of a pre-existing species distribution and subsequent genetic divergence in isolation. Accumulating global evidence from the Pyrénées, Andes, Himalaya, and the Southern Alps in New Zealand shows the Pleistocene to be associated with the generation of new alpine lineages. By synthesising a large number of genetic analyses and incorporating tectonic, climatic, and population-genetic models, we show here how glaciation is the likely driver of speciation transverse to the Southern Alps...
September 15, 2016: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Ying Zheng, Jian Liu, Xun Gong
Dramatic crustal deformation and river incision in Southwest China induced by the Indo-Asian collision have long been argued to contribute to the complicated landscapes, heterogeneous environment and abundant biodiversity in this region. However, biological impacts in promoting intraspecific phylogeographical subdivision and divergence along the Red River Fault zone (RRF) remain poorly understood. To investigate the possible biological effects of tectonic movements and environment variations within the RRF, the phylogeography of Cycas dolichophylla-an endemic but widely distributed Cycas in Southwest China and North Vietnam along the RRF were carried out based on four chloroplast DNA intergenic spacers (cpDNA), three nuclear DNA sequences (nDNA) and 16 simple sequence repeat variations (SSR)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Xiaomin Fang, Minghui Li, Zhengrong Wang, Jiuyi Wang, Jiao Li, Xiaoming Liu, Jinbo Zan
Uplift of the Tibetan Plateau since the Late Miocene has greatly affected the nature of sediments deposited in the Qaidam Basin. However, due to the scarcity of continuously dated sediment records, we know little about how minerals responded to this uplift. In order to understand this response, we here present results from the high-resolution mineral profile from a borehole (7.3-1.6 Ma) in the Basin, which shows systematic oscillations of various evaporite and clay minerals that can be linked to the variation of regional climate and tectonic history...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ricardo Alexandre Stock, Elcio Luiz Bonamigo, Emeline Cadore, Rafael Allan Oechsler
BACKGROUND: Infectious crystalline keratopathy is a rare, progressive infection characterized by the insidious progression of branches and crystalline corneal opacities with minimal or no inflammation. This case report describes the evolution of an infectious crystalline keratopathy caused by Cladosporium sp., which developed after tectonic keratoplasty in a patient with a history of ocular trauma. CASE PRESENTATION: A 40-year-old Brazilian male was the victim of firework-induced trauma to the left eye, which resulted in a corneal laceration that could not be sutured as well as a severe traumatic cataract...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Katerina Stefanova, Iva Tomova, Anna Tomova, Nadja Radchenkova, Ivan Atanassov, Margarita Kambourova
Archaeal and bacterial diversity in two Bulgarian hot springs, geographically separated with different tectonic origin and different temperature of water was investigated exploring two genes, 16S rRNA and GH-57. Archaeal diversity was significantly higher in the hotter spring Levunovo (LV) (82°C); on the contrary, bacterial diversity was higher in the spring Vetren Dol (VD) (68°C). The analyzed clones from LV library were referred to twenty eight different sequence types belonging to five archaeal groups from Crenarchaeota and Euryarchaeota...
December 2015: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
Rogelio Daniel Acevedo
At the southernmost part of Tierra del Fuego a few outcrops and erratic boulders of alkali basaltic rocks with ultramafic enclaves have been studied. Alkali basalt plugs or pipes hitherto identified are scarce, and host rocks are constituted by slates that belong to Mesozoic deposition. The petrography, texture and composition of the basalt and xenoliths were investigated by petrographic microscope and electron microprobe analysis. Xenocrysts of amphibole and alkali feldspar, phenocrysts of nepheline, olivine, spinel, phlogopite and Fe-Ti minerals (10 %) and a diversity of xenoliths, mainly lherzolitic, pyroxenite and wehrlitic nodules (15 %), but also from metamorphic rocks provenance, are contained in the basalt groundmass (75 %)...
2016: SpringerPlus
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