and fossils reveal astonishing Climate Change find
has been right in front of us the entire time," said archaeologist
Richard O'Malley, "we just didn't understand the significance of
what we were looking at."
The discovery came
about as climatologists were conferring with archaeologists
from the Rocky Mountain
Field School trying to understand
unusually high amounts of snow and ice in the Upper Green
River Valley this past winter. "We haven't seen accumulations
depths like this in Pinedale for years," O'Malley said. "But
we can look all around the valley and see that this same thing
has happened here before." The
scientist was referring to the glacial lakes that dot the valley,
including Fremont, Boulder,
Willow and New Fork lakes that are all known to have been created
by the scouring by deep glacial ice some time in the past. "This
ice sheet that moved across the landscape was thousands of
feet thick, pretty much right over the top of where
is today," O'Malley said.
The puzzling part is that scientists
are also finding fossils of palm trees, crocodiles, turtles
and sea-going creatures not far from the areas of the deeply
carved glaciated valleys.
"We thought we were dealing with
millions of years between all these climate swing events,"
O'Malley said. "Then we realized
how wrong we had to be in our thinking. We were completely
misreading the radiocarbon date data. The evidence was screaming
over again as we
we just didn't make the connection. It's amazing what an
error of a decimal place or two in the scientific dating can
reveal about the timing of things. This wasn't evidence of
over time, it was evidence of dramatic
distances in space!"
realized we were seeing a combination of the Polar Vortex effect
combining with the
Tropical Vortex weather patterns merging right on top of the
Upper Green River Valley to create micro macro climates," he
said. "It was like a perfect storm scenario."
change is real," he said, "and we are seeing it happen right
before our eyes here
in the Upper Green River Valley today. We're once again Ground
Zero for events that are dramatically reshaping our environment
in our own lifetimes."
The new findings will be released
in the next edition of 'Climate Change Today' and will have
computer enhanced depictions of what the Green River Valley
in the not-so-distant past when the Continental Ice Sheet met
glacial ice flowing down from the Wind River Mountains to the
valley floor, slamming into the heat wave of the Nina Nino
Vortices that created the
lush tropical environment lower down. "And
we're seeing it shaping into the same dynamic now." O'Malley
"What we saw this
past winter is just a taste of what we predict will be these
same patterns all coming back again upon us.
does repeat itself."
Pine to use "Groombots" to manicure ski slopes
for 2014-2015 winter season
They’re called “Groombots,” designed
specifically for use on ski slopes. The new models were inspired
by combining self-propelled robot vacuum cleaner concepts with
the latest in hovering drone technology to create a machine that
can take over the task of grooming ski trail slopes on an entire
ski area on a daily basis during the worst of winter conditions
and challenging topography.
improvement is the capacity of the groombots to operate in unison
as a fleet or independently to do solo tidy-up
They incorporate wireless technology which helps them to avoid
obstacles like the lifts, trees or rocks on the slopes and to
determine when a ski trail is complete and to move onto the next.
models have an intelligent sensing system that can detect foreign
objects and a re-designed internal bin to collect and hold lost
gloves and ski caps found on the slopes during their routine
bots are environmentally green using solar power. They find an
out-of-the-way place on sideslopes to go inactive and “sleep” during
the day absorbing solar radiation to recharge their internal
batteries. They are completely recharged and ready to go
back into operation
at nightfall, when they power back up and run all night
to have the slopes nicely groomed by morning.
The new Groombots are expected to pay for themselves within
two years freeing up ski area staff to concentrate on their