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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643789/tidal-dynamics-and-mangrove-carbon-sequestration-during-the-oligo-miocene-in-the-south-china-sea
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Daniel S Collins, Alexandros Avdis, Peter A Allison, Howard D Johnson, Jon Hill, Matthew D Piggott, Meor H Amir Hassan, Abdul Razak Damit
Modern mangroves are among the most carbon-rich biomes on Earth, but their long-term (≥10(6) years) impact on the global carbon cycle is unknown. The extent, productivity and preservation of mangroves are controlled by the interplay of tectonics, global sea level and sedimentation, including tide, wave and fluvial processes. The impact of these processes on mangrove-bearing successions in the Oligo-Miocene of the South China Sea (SCS) is evaluated herein. Palaeogeographic reconstructions, palaeotidal modelling and facies analysis suggest that elevated tidal range and bed shear stress optimized mangrove development along tide-influenced tropical coastlines...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640341/carbonate-buildups-in-the-pernambuco-basin-ne-brazil
#2
Bruno V Buarque, José A Barbosa, Jefferson T C Oliveira, José R G Magalhães, Osvaldo J Correia
The Pernambuco Basin represents one of the most prominent regions for deep water oil and gas exploration off the Brazilian coast. This study aims to identify and describe the occurrence of carbonate buildups in the offshore regions of the basin. The study was based on an analysis of a set of 143 2D time-migrated seismic sections that cover the offshore region of the Pernambuco Basin. An interpretation of the seismic dataset was used to define the main seismic sequences related to the main regional pulses of deposition and to identify three main groups of carbonate buildups: 1) shelf margin reefs, 2) patch reefs, and 3) isolated carbonate buildups...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625763/effects-of-tectonics-and-large-scale-climatic-changes-on-the-evolutionary-history-of-hyalomma-ticks
#3
Arthur F Sands, Dmitry A Apanaskevich, Sonja Matthee, Ivan G Horak, Alan Harrison, Shahid Karim, Mohammad K Mohammad, Kosta Y Mumcuoglu, Rupika S Rajakaruna, Maria M Santos-Silva, Conrad A Matthee
Hyalomma Koch, 1844 are ixodid ticks that infest mammals, birds and reptiles, to which 27 recognized species occur across the Afrotropical, Palearctic and Oriental regions. Despite their medical and veterinary importance, the evolutionary history of the group is enigmatic. To investigate various taxonomic hypotheses based on morphology, and also some of the mechanisms involved in the diversification of the genus, we sequenced and analysed data derived from two mtDNA fragments, three nuclear DNA genes and 47 morphological characters...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619941/recurring-and-triggered-slow-slip-events-near-the-trench-at-the-nankai-trough-subduction-megathrust
#4
Eiichiro Araki, Demian M Saffer, Achim J Kopf, Laura M Wallace, Toshinori Kimura, Yuya Machida, Satoshi Ide, Earl Davis
The discovery of slow earthquakes has revolutionized the field of earthquake seismology. Defining the locations of these events and the conditions that favor their occurrence provides important insights into the slip behavior of tectonic faults. We report on a family of recurring slow-slip events (SSEs) on the plate interface immediately seaward of repeated historical moment magnitude (Mw) 8 earthquake rupture areas offshore of Japan. The SSEs continue for days to several weeks, include both spontaneous and triggered slip, recur every 8 to 15 months, and are accompanied by swarms of low-frequency tremors...
June 16, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614348/organic-compounds-in-fluid-inclusions-of-archean-quartz-analogues-of-prebiotic-chemistry-on-early-earth
#5
Ulrich Schreiber, Christian Mayer, Oliver J Schmitz, Pia Rosendahl, Amela Bronja, Markus Greule, Frank Keppler, Ines Mulder, Tobias Sattler, Heinz F Schöler
The origin of life is still an unsolved mystery in science. Hypothetically, prebiotic chemistry and the formation of protocells may have evolved in the hydrothermal environment of tectonic fault zones in the upper continental crust, an environment where sensitive molecules are protected against degradation induced e.g. by UV radiation. The composition of fluid inclusions in minerals such as quartz crystals which have grown in this environment during the Archean period might provide important information about the first organic molecules formed by hydrothermal synthesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612462/epithelial-invasion-after-open-globe-injury
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Arne Viestenz, Berthold Seitz, Anja Viestenz, Gottfried O H Naumann
INTRODUCTION: Epithelial invasion after open globe injury is a rare complication. Wrong treatment (laser opening of the cyst) or no treatment can lead to painful blindness. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty percent (25/62) of patients with block excision with epithelial downgrowth had a history of open globe injury. Four of them were female. Their mean age was 45 ±21 years. RESULTS: A tectonic keratoplasty with block excision was performed on 25 patients...
June 13, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593947/water-pumping-in-mantle-shear-zones
#7
Jacques Précigout, Cécile Prigent, Laurie Palasse, Anthony Pochon
Water plays an important role in geological processes. Providing constraints on what may influence the distribution of aqueous fluids is thus crucial to understanding how water impacts Earth's geodynamics. Here we demonstrate that ductile flow exerts a dynamic control on water-rich fluid circulation in mantle shear zones. Based on amphibole distribution and using dislocation slip-systems as a proxy for syn-tectonic water content in olivine, we highlight fluid accumulation around fine-grained layers dominated by grain-size-sensitive creep...
June 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592249/ixora-rubiaceae-on-the-philippines-crossroad-or-cradle
#8
Cecilia I Banag, Arnaud Mouly, Grecebio Jonathan D Alejandro, Birgitta Bremer, Ulrich Meve, Guido W Grimm, Sigrid Liede-Schumann
BACKGROUND: The Philippine archipelago is globally one of the most important model island systems for studying evolutionary processes. However, most plant species on this archipelago have not yet been studied in sufficient detail. The main aim of this study is to unravel the evolutionary history and biogeographic relationships of the Philippine members of the pantropical genus Ixora. RESULTS: The complex plastid and nuclear divergence patterns in Philippine Ixora, documented using tree and network approaches, reveal a highly dynamic evolution in Ixora, involving several phases of radiation and recolonization...
June 7, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588246/phylogenetic-evidence-that-both-ancient-vicariance-and-dispersal-have-contributed-to-the-biogeographic-patterns-of-anchialine-cave-shrimps
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José A Jurado-Rivera, Joan Pons, Fernando Alvarez, Alejandro Botello, William F Humphreys, Timothy J Page, Thomas M Iliffe, Endre Willassen, Kenneth Meland, Carlos Juan, Damià Jaume
Cave shrimps from the genera Typhlatya, Stygiocaris and Typhlopatsa (Atyidae) are restricted to specialised coastal subterranean habitats or nearby freshwaters and have a highly disconnected distribution (Eastern Pacific, Caribbean, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Madagascar, Australia). The combination of a wide distribution and a limited dispersal potential suggests a large-scale process has generated this geographic pattern. Tectonic plates that fragment ancestral ranges (vicariance) has often been assumed to cause this process, with the biota as passive passengers on continental blocks...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559137/archaeal-lsm-rings-as-stable-self-assembling-tectons-for-protein-nanofabrication
#10
Akshita Wason, F Grant Pearce, Juliet A Gerrard, Bridget C Mabbutt
We have exploited the self-assembling properties of archaeal-derived protein Lsmα to generate new supramolecular forms based on its stable ring-shaped heptamer. We show that engineered ring tectons incorporating cysteine sidechains on obverse faces of the Lsmα7 toroid are capable of forming paired and stacked formations. A Cys-modified construct, N10C/E61C-Lsmα, appears to organize into disulfide-mediated tube formations up to 45 nm in length. We additionally report fabrication of cage-like protein clusters through conjugation of Cu(2+) to His-tagged variants of the Lsmα7 tecton...
May 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555637/sea-level-records-from-the-u-s-mid-atlantic-constrain-laurentide-ice-sheet-extent-during-marine-isotope-stage-3
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T Pico, J R Creveling, J X Mitrovica
The U.S. mid-Atlantic sea-level record is sensitive to the history of the Laurentide Ice Sheet as the coastline lies along the ice sheet's peripheral bulge. However, paleo sea-level markers on the present-day shoreline of Virginia and North Carolina dated to Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3, from 50 to 35 ka, are surprisingly high for this glacial interval, and remain unexplained by previous models of ice age adjustment or other local (for example, tectonic) effects. Here, we reconcile this sea-level record using a revised model of glacial isostatic adjustment characterized by a peak global mean sea level during MIS 3 of approximately -40 m, and far less ice volume within the eastern sector of the Laurentide Ice Sheet than traditional reconstructions for this interval...
May 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552342/interplay-between-mitochondrial-metabolism-and-oxidative-stress-in-ischemic-stroke-an-epigenetic-connection
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REVIEW
Parimala Narne, Vimal Pandey, Prakash Babu Phanithi
The advent of epigenetics brought in a tectonic shift in the understanding of molecular basis of complex diseases like ischemic stroke (IS). Substantial scientific inquiry into the epigenetic basis of neurodegenerative diseases has bolstered the idea that altered carbon flux into central carbon metabolism and disturbed redox states govern the attendant transcriptional profiles through stochastic epigenetic changes. In view of an increasing understanding of the link between mitochondrial energy metabolism, oxidative stress and epigenetics in IS, the hitherto underappreciated 'neuroenergetics' is gaining sustained attention...
May 24, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548083/atomic-scale-age-resolution-of-planetary-events
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L F White, J R Darling, D E Moser, D A Reinhard, T J Prosa, D Bullen, D Olson, D J Larson, D Lawrence, I Martin
Resolving the timing of crustal processes and meteorite impact events is central to understanding the formation, evolution and habitability of planetary bodies. However, identifying multi-stage events from complex planetary materials is highly challenging at the length scales of current isotopic techniques. Here we show that accurate U-Pb isotopic analysis of nanoscale domains of baddeleyite can be achieved by atom probe tomography. Within individual crystals of highly shocked baddeleyite from the Sudbury impact structure, three discrete nanostructural domains have been isolated yielding average (206)Pb/(238)U ages of 2,436±94 Ma (protolith crystallization) from homogenous-Fe domains, 1,852±45 Ma (impact) from clustered-Fe domains and 1,412±56 Ma (tectonic metamorphism) from planar and subgrain boundary structures...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539632/a-seven-million-year-hornblende-mineral-record-from-the-central-chinese-loess-plateau
#14
Tong He, Lianwen Liu, Yang Chen, Xuefen Sheng, Junfeng Ji
Previous studies of the late Cenozoic erosion rate have yielded different views-long-term stable rates or a significant increase at climate transitions-leading to uncertainty concerning the hypothesized global erosion rate controlled by either tectonic uplift or climatic changes. Here, we present a seven-million-year hornblende mineral record along the Lingtai section of the Chinese Loess Plateau. By examining the spatial distribution of hornblende minerals in seven desert basins, which are potential loess source areas, we constructed a ratio of hornblende versus total heavy minerals to reflect past changes in physical/chemical weathering strength...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530231/constraining-climate-sensitivity-and-continental-versus-seafloor-weathering-using-an-inverse-geological-carbon-cycle-model
#15
Joshua Krissansen-Totton, David C Catling
The relative influences of tectonics, continental weathering and seafloor weathering in controlling the geological carbon cycle are unknown. Here we develop a new carbon cycle model that explicitly captures the kinetics of seafloor weathering to investigate carbon fluxes and the evolution of atmospheric CO2 and ocean pH since 100 Myr ago. We compare model outputs to proxy data, and rigorously constrain model parameters using Bayesian inverse methods. Assuming our forward model is an accurate representation of the carbon cycle, to fit proxies the temperature dependence of continental weathering must be weaker than commonly assumed...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522528/global-drainage-patterns-and-the-origins-of-topographic-relief-on-earth-mars-and-titan
#16
Benjamin A Black, J Taylor Perron, Douglas Hemingway, Elizabeth Bailey, Francis Nimmo, Howard Zebker
Rivers have eroded the topography of Mars, Titan, and Earth, creating diverse landscapes. However, the dominant processes that generated topography on Titan (and to some extent on early Mars) are not well known. We analyzed drainage patterns on all three bodies and found that large drainages, which record interactions between deformation and erosional modification, conform much better to long-wavelength topography on Titan and Mars than on Earth. We use a numerical landscape evolution model to demonstrate that short-wavelength deformation causes drainage directions to diverge from long-wavelength topography, as observed on Earth...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522505/river-systems-reveal-planetary-tectonics
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EDITORIAL
Keith T Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515078/shifting-quaternary-migration-patterns-in-the-bahamian-archipelago-evidence-from-the-zamia-pumila-complex-at-the-northern-limits-of-the-caribbean-island-biodiversity-hotspot
#18
Dayana E Salas-Leiva, Alan W Meerow, Michael Calonje, Javier Francisco-Ortega, M Patrick Griffith, Kyoko Nakamura, Vanessa Sánchez, Lindy Knowles, David Knowles
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The Bahamas archipelago is formed by young, tectonically stable carbonate banks that harbor direct geological evidence of global ice-volume changes. We sought to detect signatures of major changes on gene flow patterns and reconstruct the phylogeographic history of the monophyletic Zamia pumila complex across the Bahamas. METHODS: Nuclear molecular markers with both high and low mutation rates were used to capture two different time scale signatures and test several gene flow and demographic hypotheses...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513689/proton-conduction-in-a-hydrogen-bonded-complex-of-copper-ii-bipyridine-glycoluril-nitrate
#19
Sakharam B Tayade, Vishal M Dhavale, Avinash S Kumbhar, Sreekumar Kurungot, Peter Lönnecke, Evamarie Hey-Hawkins, Bhalchandra Pujari
Bipyridine glycoluril (BPG), a urea-fused bipyridine tecton, forms a square-pyramidal secondary building unit with copper(ii) which further self-assembles to give a porous hydrogen-bonded complex. This complex displays a high proton conductivity of 4.45 × 10(-3) S cm(-1) at 90 °C and 95% relative humidity (RH). Chains consisting of coordinated water, solvent water and nitrate anions embedded in the complex are responsible for high proton conduction. The proton conduction pathway was corroborated by ab initio electronic structure calculations with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using the Nudged Elastic Band (NEB) method...
May 30, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508893/south-american-plate-advance-and-forced-andean-trench-retreat-as-drivers-for-transient-flat-subduction-episodes
#20
Gerben Schepers, Douwe J J van Hinsbergen, Wim Spakman, Martha E Kosters, Lydian M Boschman, Nadine McQuarrie
At two trench segments below the Andes, the Nazca Plate is subducting sub-horizontally over ∼200-300 km, thought to result from a combination of buoyant oceanic-plateau subduction and hydrodynamic mantle-wedge suction. Whether the actual conditions for both processes to work in concert existed is uncertain. Here we infer from a tectonic reconstruction of the Andes constructed in a mantle reference frame that the Nazca slab has retreated at ∼2 cm per year since ∼50 Ma. In the flat slab portions, no rollback has occurred since their formation at ∼12 Ma, generating 'horse-shoe' slab geometries...
May 16, 2017: Nature Communications
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