GeoRoundup: the highlights of EGU Journals published during November!

GeoRoundup: the highlights of EGU Journals published during November!

Each month we feature specific Divisions of EGU and during the monthly GeoRoundup we will be putting the journals that publish science from those Divisions at the top of the Highlights roundup. For November, the Divisions we are featuring are: Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE), Nonlinear Processes in Geoscience (NP) and Seismology (SM). They are served by the journals: Geoscientific Model Development (GMD), Earth System Dynamics (ESD), Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (NPG), Weather and Climate Dynamics (WCD), and Solid Earth (SE).


Featured highlights

Solid Earth:

Deformation-enhanced diagenesis and bacterial proliferation in the Nankai accretionary prism – 1 November 2021

Sediments accumulated in accretionary prisms are deformed by the compression imposed by plate subduction. Here we show that deformation of the sediments transforms some minerals in them. We suggest that these mineral transformations are due to the proliferation of microorganisms boosted by deformation. Deformation-enhanced microbial proliferation may change our view of sedimentary and tectonic processes in subduction zones.


Dating folding beyond folding, from layer-parallel shortening to fold tightening, using mesostructures: lessons from the Apennines, Pyrenees, and Rocky Mountains – 29 November 2021

This paper aims to illustrate how the timing and duration of contractional deformation associated with folding in orogenic forelands can be constrained by the dating of brittle mesostructures observed in folded strata. The study combines new and already published absolute ages of fractures to provide, for the first time, an educated discussion about the factors controlling the duration of the sequence of deformation encompassing layer-parallel shortening, fold growth, and late fold tightening.


Other highlights


Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics:

Heterogeneity and chemical reactivity of the remote troposphere defined by aircraft measurements – 3 November 2021

The driving factors of new particle formation and growth in the polluted boundary layer – 19 November 2021



Soil greenhouse gas fluxes from tropical coastal wetlands and alternative agricultural land uses – 5 November 2021

Persistent impacts of the 2018 drought on forest disturbance regimes in Europe – 22 November 2021


Climate of the Past:

Enhanced moisture delivery into Victoria Land, East Antarctica, during the early Last Interglacial: implications for West Antarctic Ice Sheet stability 10 November 2021

Stalagmite carbon isotopes suggest deglacial increase in soil respiration in western Europe driven by temperature change – 15 November 2021


Earth Surface Dynamics:

Landslide-lake outburst floods accelerate downstream hillslope slippage 8 November 2021

Escarpment retreat rates derived from detrital cosmogenic nuclide concentrations – 26 November 2021


Hydrology and Earth System Sciences:

Relative humidity gradients as a key constraint on terrestrial water and energy fluxes – 12 November 2021


Ocean Science:

A dynamically based method for estimating the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation at 26° N from satellite altimetry – 24 November 2021


The Cryosphere:

Giant ice rings in southern Baikal: multi-satellite data help to study ice cover dynamics and eddies under ice – 17 November 2021


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Hazel Gibson is Head of Communications at the European Geosciences Union. She is responsible for the management of the Union's social media presence and the EGU blogs, where she writes regularly for the EGU's official blog, GeoLog. She has a PhD in Geoscience Communication and Cognition from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Hazel tweets @iamhazelgibson.

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