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Lesser Known Asian Mountain Ranges Led To Expansion Of Gobi Desert
2013-12-11 13:01:14

Scientists speaking at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco say the formation of the Hangay and the Altai mountain ranges may have led to the expansion of Asia’s largest desert.

Overgrazing Is Turning Parts Of Mongolian Steppe Into Desert
2013-09-06 13:27:48

Overgrazing by millions of sheep and goats is the primary cause of degraded land in the Mongolian Steppe, one of the largest remaining grassland ecosystems in the world, Oregon State University researchers say in a new report.

Tyrannosaurus Bataar Fossil Finally Returns Home To Mongolia
2013-05-07 09:56:57

Nearly a year after a dinosaur fossil was first reported stolen from Mongolia it is finally being returned to its rightful owner. US authorities in New York have returned the remains of the 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar to the Mongolian government.

Two New Species Of Worm Discovered In Gobi Desert
2013-04-09 13:53:48

Pensoft Publishers The 'Mongolian Death Worm', called olgoi-khorkhoi by the local population is a legendary animal with an unconfirmed existence that has preoccupied the imagination of the inhabitants and travelers in the region. It is said to inhabit the southern Gobi Desert where it terrorizes travelers with its deadly abilities to project acid that, upon contact, turns anything it touches yellow and corroded. Two new sub-species of earthworms, Eisenia nordenskioldi mongol and E. n....

Rare Dinosaur To Be Returned To Mongolia After Illegal Sale
2012-06-19 09:52:18

A million-dollar rare dinosaur will likely be returned to its rightful owners after it had been brought into the US illegally and sold to an anonymous bidder at auction last month.

2011-12-29 11:04:03

Winters in the Gobi desert are usually long and very cold but the winter of 2009/2010 was particularly severe, a condition Mongolians refer to as “dzud”.


Latest Gobi Desert Reference Libraries

Mongolian death worm
2013-11-27 09:51:18

The Mongolian death worm is a cryptid that is claimed to inhabit the Gobi Desert. It lives underground in hibernation except for the months of June and July. It will surface from its underground habitat when it rains and soaks the ground. It is alleged to kill its prey from a distance. It either sprays an acidic venom that dissolves anything it touches, or by an electrical discharge. According to legend, touching the worm will cause severe pain or instant death. Locals have claimed that...

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2010-02-03 16:14:24

Nomingia is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period. It was discovered in the Bugin Tsav Beds around the Gobi Desert. It is named for the Nomingiin Gobi, which is part of the nearby Gobi Desert. It was described in 2000 based on several skeletal fragments. The type species is N. gobiensis. Nomingia was a medium-sized theropod with beaked jaws and possibly a display crest. Nomingia is characterized by the fused vertebrae at the end of the tail that forms a unique mass....

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2009-08-18 22:05:50

Citipati, meaning "funeral pyre lord", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous Period of what is now Mongolia. It is known from the Djadokhta Formation in the Gobi Desert. It is one of the best known oviraptorids thanks to a number of well preserved fossils, some of which have been found in brooding positions on top of egg nests. These findings help solidify the link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds. It was first described by James M. Clark, Mark Norell, and Rinchen...

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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.