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The newly discovered species was part of the phylum annelid, which is made up of segmented worms.
From the Middle Ages to today, North America has experienced a number of extremely dry periods.
From China's Heavenly Pit, which stretches down 2,172 feet, to the Devil's Sinkhole in Texas that is home to three million bats — here are some of the world's deepest known sinkholes.
The research looked at peaks in biodiversity loss and their relationship with atmospheric CO2, finding 50 events over the last 534 million years that can be considered mass extinctions.
As well as tornadoes, loud bangs sounding across the Reykjanes Peninsula indicate that pockets of methane within the lava are exploding.
Scientists simulated ancient viruses to see what impact they would have on the environment. While most had few consequences, 1% were capable of killing their hosts and disrupting ecosystems.
Over 10,000 earthquakes have hit the Noto Peninsula over the last three years. They are believed to be emanating from an long-dead volcano, with fluids pushing through the collapsed system.
"The issue is not about running out of water, it's about having water in the right place," Lis Mullin Bernhardt, from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), told Live Science.
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