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2009-03-30 09:05:00

Did volatile halogenated gases from giant salt lakes at the end of the Permian Age lead to a mass extinction of species? The largest mass extinction in the history of the earth could have been triggered off by giant salt lakes, whose emissions of halogenated gases changed the atmospheric composition so dramatically that vegetation was irretrievably damaged. At least that is what an international team of scientists have reported in the most recent edition of the "Proceedings of the Russian...

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2009-03-02 13:35:07

South Africa's Karoo Basin Shows No Indication of "Boundary Event Rock Bed" New scientific findings by geologist Robert Gastaldo of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and colleagues call into question popular theories about the largest mass extinction in Earth's history. A paper reporting the results by Gastaldo, South African scientist Johann Neveling, and two 2008 Colby undergraduate students, C. Kittinger "Kit" Clark and Sophie Newbury, appears in the March 2009 issue of GEOLOGY. Tens of...

2008-10-22 18:00:22

DENVER, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cimarex Energy Co. today announced that it plans to report third-quarter 2008 financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Cimarex will also host a conference call that day at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time (1:00 p.m. Eastern Time). To access the live, interactive call, please dial (888) 603-6873 and reference call ID # 69548653 ten minutes before the scheduled start time. A digital replay will be available for one week...

2008-10-22 15:00:27

Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) announced today that higher realized sales prices, increased production and improved utility results were major drivers of a 26 percent increase in third quarter earnings. For the three months ended September 30, 2008, the energy company generated net income of $73.1 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, as compared with $58 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, in the same period in 2007. Energen Resources Corporation, the Company's oil and gas exploration...

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2008-10-07 10:34:46

Evidence suggests that 'sick Earth' extinctions more likely In geology as in cancer research, the silver bullet theory always gets the headlines and nearly always turns out to be wrong. For geologists who study mass extinctions, the silver bullet is a giant asteroid plunging to earth. But an asteroid is the prime suspect only in the most recent of five mass extinctions, said USC earth scientist David Bottjer. The cataclysm 65 million years ago wiped out the dinosaurs. "The other four have not...

2008-09-30 03:00:21

By Shen, Shu-Zhong Zhang, Yi-Chun ABSTRACT- The uppermost 5-15 m of the Douling Formation in the southern Hunan area. South China, yields a diverse fauna comprised of ammonoids, bivalves, and brachiopods. The brachiopods reported in this paper consist of 51 species in 34 genera and are dominated by the Lopingian (Late Permian) species associated with a few species persisting from the underlying Maokouan (Late Guadalupian). This fauna is of earliest Wuchiapingian in age as precisely...

2008-09-19 03:00:23

By Radley, Jonathan Twitchett, Richard J; Mander, Luke; Cope, John Journal, Vol. 165, 2008, pp. 319-332 Jonathan Radley writes: The Penarth Group (of Late Triassic and possibly ranging to Early Jurassic age) of the southern UK marks a marine transgression and the establishment of a shallow epicontinental seaway (Hallam & El Shaarawy 1982; Warrington & Ivimey-Cook 1992), influenced by regressive-transgressive pulses and characterized by rapid facies changes (Hallam & Wignall...

2008-09-02 09:00:37

Arena Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ARD) ("Company")("Arena") announced today that it has finalized the lease of office space in Midland, Texas ("Midland"), with an anticipated opening date by the end of October. Mr. Will Porter has joined Arena as Permian Basin Land Manager and will manage the new office. Mr. Porter, a Midland native, has over 23 years of experience in all phases of land work. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a...

2008-09-01 09:00:22

HOUSTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Resaca Exploitation, Inc. ("Resaca" or "the Company") (LSE AIM: RSOX), an independent oil and gas oil production and development company focused on the Permian Basin of the United States, is pleased to announce details of progress made in the implementation of its development plan for its properties in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, progress on potential acquisitions, and other company news. Resaca concluded a successful flotation on the AIM...

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2008-08-31 10:00:00

By Robert S. Boyd / McClatchy Newspapers It was the greatest mass murder of all time - poison everywhere, billions slain - but the killers have never been positively identified. An estimated 95 percent of marine species and 85 percent of land creatures died, said Peter Ward, a paleobiologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. Scientists call it "The Great Dying." Life took millions of years to recover. Scientific sleuths now think they're making progress toward learning what...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.