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In the research project "Landscapes lost", Anton Hansson and his colleagues is investigating the remainings of the ancient forests that stood here when the sea level was much lower. There are also archeological findings, and makes the area unique.
Kristina Mehlqvist is a geologist and studies the earliest plants that established on the part of land that now is Sweden. She has found traces from the time period called Devon, an era that has earlier been considered missing in the swedish archive. She even found a new species, could give it a scientific name.
Opinion article by Anders Lindroth.
Solar storms can be more powerful than earlier believed. In an international study it was found that about 800- 1000 years ago there were two solar storms during a short period of time, as isotopes revealing this were found in tree rings and ice cores.
"If such a powerful solar storm would happen today it would have devastating consequesnces to our society" says Raimund Muscheler, researcher at Lund University and participating in the study.
Microfossils in the ocean waters and sediments can tell us a lot about past climate variations and sub water environments. By studying content in microfossils of isotopes of certain elements such as oxygen and calcium, researchers can get a picture of water temperatures and salinity hundreds of years ago. Helena Filipsson is working with foraminifera in the waters of the Swedish coastline.
The northern boreal forsests is one of the worlds largest carbon stocks above sea level. Adam Bahr, biologist, studies the role of fungi in the carbon and nitrogen cycling in the soil.
"In one single gram of organic matter in a boreal forest, you can find hundreds of meters of ectomycorrhizal hyphae, which helps the fungi to increase the contact area to the soil substantially"