Lorenzo, Carlos; Pablos, Adrián; Carretero, José Miguel; Huguet, Rosa; Valverdú, Josep; Martinón-Torres, María; Arsuaga, Juan Luis; Carbonell, Eudald; Bermúdez de Castro, José María
In this study, a new Early Pleistocene proximal hand phalanx (ATE9-2) from the Sima del Elefante cave site (TE - Sierra de Atapuerca, Spain), ascribed to Homo sp., is presented and comparatively described in the context of the evolution of the genus Homo. The ATE9-2 specimen is especially important because of the paucity of hand bones in the human fossil record during the Early Pleistocene. The morphological and metrical analyses of the phalanx ATE9-2 indicate that there are no essential differences between it and comparator fossil specimens for the genus Homo after 1.3 Ma (millions of years ago). Similar to Sima de los Huesos and Neandertal specimens, ATE9-2 is a robust proximal hand phalanx, probably reflecting greater overall body robusticity in these populations or a higher gracility in modern humans. The age of level TE9 from Sima del Elefante and morphological and metrical studies of ATE9-2 suggest that the morphology of the proximal hand phalanges and, thus, the morphology of the hand could have remained stable over the last 1.2-1.3 Ma. Taking into account the evidence recently provided by a metacarpal from Kaitio (Kenya) from around 1.42 Ma, we argue that modern hand morphology is present in the genus Homo subsequent to Homo habilis. PMID:25200886
Zhou, Renjie; Schoenbohm, Lindsay M.; Cosca, Michael
Recent normal and strike-slip faulting on the Puna Plateau of NW Argentina has been linked to lithospheric foundering, gravitational spreading, plate boundary forces and a decrease in crustal shortening from north to south. However, the timing, kinematics and rate of extension remain poorly constrained. We focus on the Pasto Ventura region (NW Argentina) located on the southern Puna Plateau and recent deformation (<1 Ma). Field mapping and kinematic analysis across offset volcanic cinder cones show that the overall extension direction is subhorizontal, is oriented NE-SW to NNE-SSW, and occurs at a slow, time-integrated rate of 0.02 to 0.08 mm/yr since at least 0.8â0.5 Ma. A regional compilation from this study and existing data shows that recent extension across the Puna Plateau is subhorizontal but varies in azimuthal orientation dramatically. Data from the Pasto Ventura region are consistent with a number of models to explain normal and strike-slip faulting on the Puna Plateau, all of which likely influence the region. Some role for lower lithospheric foundering through dripping appears to be seen based on the regional extension directions and ages of mafic volcanism in the southern Puna Plateau.
Zhou, Renjie; Schoenbohm, Lindsay M.; Cosca, Michael
Recent normal and strike-slip faulting on the Puna Plateau of NW Argentina has been linked to lithospheric foundering, gravitational spreading, plate boundary forces and a decrease in crustal shortening from north to south. However, the timing, kinematics and rate of extension remain poorly constrained. We focus on the Pasto Ventura region (NW Argentina) located on the southern Puna Plateau and recent deformation (<1 Ma). Field mapping and kinematic analysis across offset volcanic cinder cones show that the overall extension direction is subhorizontal, is oriented NE-SW to NNE-SSW, and occurs at a slow, time-integrated rate of 0.02 to 0.08 mm/yr since at least 0.8-0.5 Ma. A regional compilation from this study and existing data shows that recent extension across the Puna Plateau is subhorizontal but varies in azimuthal orientation dramatically. Data from the Pasto Ventura region are consistent with a number of models to explain normal and strike-slip faulting on the Puna Plateau, all of which likely influence the region. Some role for lower lithospheric foundering through dripping appears to be seen based on the regional extension directions and ages of mafic volcanism in the southern Puna Plateau.
Calvache, M. L.
Large populated areas located near active volcanoes emphasize the importance to take effective actions towards risk reduction. A volcanic hazard map is believed to be the first step in order to inform government officials, private institutions and community about the danger that poses a particular volcano. The hazard map is a tool that must be used to evaluate risk and elaborate risk map. The risk map must be used by decision makers to take measurements about the land-use accordingly with the hazard present in the area and to prepare contingency plans. In 1998 and 1999 the Colombian government pass a law, where every county of the country has to have a plan of land-use and development (POT) for the following 10 years. The POT must consider natural hazard and risk such as seismicity, landslide and volcanic activity. Without the plan, the county will not receive any economical support from the central government. In the county of Pasto, the largest city in the influence zone of Galeras volcano, the hazard map has been used to promote educational plan in schools, increasing public awareness of Galeras and its hazard, advise and persuade decision makers to consider Galeras hazard in the city development plans. On the other hand, the hazard map has been mistaken as a risk map and it has originated opposition due to the measurements taken as a consequence of the map. This presentation deal with the gain experience of using the hazard map as a tool of information and planing and the confrontation that any decision implies with political, social and economic interest.
Blain, Hugues-Alexandre; Bailon, Salvador; Cuenca-BescÃ³s, Gloria; BennÃ sar, Maria; Rofes, Juan; LÃ³pez-GarcÃa, Juan Manuel; Huguet, Rosa; Arsuaga, Juan Luis; BermÃºdez de Castro, JosÃ© Maria; Carbonell, Eudald
The Sima del Elefante cave, in the Sierra de Atapuerca (Burgos, Spain), is famous for the fact that level TE9 of its Lower Red Unit recently delivered the oldest hominin remains of Western Europe, identified as Homo antecessor and dated by biostratigraphy and radiometric methods to ca 1.2 Ma. Given the importance of this discovery, every effort is being made to reconstruct the landscapes where these hominins once thrived. The amphibian and squamate reptile assemblage of the Sima del Elefante Lower Red Unit is here studied for the first time. The faunal list comprises at least 17 species (roughly 12,000 bone fossil remains): Salamandra salamandra, Triturus cf. marmoratus, Alytes obstetricans, Pelobates cultripes, Pelodytes punctatus, Bufo bufo, Bufo calamita, Hyla arborea, Rana sp., cf. Pelophylax sp., Lacerta s.l., small-sized indeterminate lacertids, Anguis fragilis, Natrix cf. natrix, Natrix cf. maura, Coronella cf. girondica and Vipera sp. As the amphibians and squamate reptiles do not differ at species level from the extant herpetofauna of the Iberian Peninsula, they can contribute to the reconstruction of the landscape and climate. In this paper, the mutual climatic range and habitat weighting methods are applied to the amphibian and squamate reptile assemblages in order to estimate quantitative data. The results from the squamate and amphibian study indicate that during the hominin presence the mean annual temperature (MAT = 10-13 Â°C) was always slightly warmer than at present and the mean annual precipitation (MAP = 800-1000 mm) was greater than today in the Burgos area. The landscape had open habitats in the vicinity of the Atapuerca caves throughout the sequence, with wet points in the surrounding area, and a predominance of humid meadows and open woodlands. These results mainly agree with those for large mammals, small mammals and the pollen analysis. The climate and landscape of TE-LRU are very similar to those reconstructed for the TD6 "Aurora Stratum" level of the Gran Dolina cave (Atapuerca) that has yielded H. antecessor remains at ca 960 ky. When compared with Orce localities of similar age (i.e. Barranco LeÃ³n D and Fuente Nueva 3) that have yielded strong evidence of hominin presence (mainly lithic industries), it appears that they have a fairly similar environmental pattern, having in common a good representation of woodland and water-edge areas, even though dry environments are more developed in Barranco LeÃ³n D and Fuente Nueva 3 than in Sima del Elefante and Gran Dolina. H. antecessor may have thus lived under a warm-humid climate in a patchy landscape mainly composed of humid meadows and riparian woodlands. Such a landscape may have provided favourable conditions for a high diversity of large mammals, as well as for hiding and escaping from large carnivores.
de Lombera-Hermida, Arturo; BargallÃ³, AmÃ¨lia; Terradillos-Bernal, Marcos; Huguet, Rosa; VallverdÃº, Josep; GarcÃa-AntÃ³n, Maria-Dolores; Mosquera, Marina; OllÃ©, Andreu; Sala, Robert; Carbonell, Eudald; RodrÃguez-Ãlvarez, XosÃ©-Pedro
This paper presents the lithic assemblages documented at Sima del Elefante (TE) and their importance in the context of the Early and Middle Pleistocene human occupation of Europe. We also study changes in human behaviour within the context of the palaeoenvironmental evolution of the Sierra de Atapuerca. This site has characteristics that are of great value for the study of human evolution. The lower levels of TE (Units TE7-TE14) are an essential reference for understanding the early stages of the colonization of Europe. The TE9c level has provided stone tools (Mode 1), faunal remains, and human fossils dated to 1.22Â Ma (millions of years ago). Moreover, this is one of the few European sites with a stratigraphic sequence that includes remains of human occupations predating the Jaramillo subchron (Early Pleistocene) and from the Late Middle Pleistocene (Units TE18-TE19). Despite this, the presence of archaeologically sterile units (TE15-17) prevents us from establishing a continuous relationship between the Early and Middle Pleistocene human settlements and, consequently, between their technological and behavioural differences. We can, however compare the technological and palaeoeconomic strategies adopted by different species of hominins during two key phases of the occupation of Europe. PMID:25847842
Luo, Zhuanxi; Wang, Zhenhong; Wei, Qunshan; Yan, Changzhou; Liu, Feng
Understanding the environmental safety and human health implications of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) is of worldwide importance. As an important ENPs, engineered nano-TiO(2) (Enano-TiO(2)) may have been substantially deposited in aquatic sediments because of its widely uses. Sediment pore surface properties would be thus significantly influenced due to the large surface area of Enano-TiO(2). In this study, Enano-TiO(2) was found to greatly impact on sediment pore surface properties. The attachment of Enano-TiO(2) particles to sediment surfaces enhanced markedly BET specific surface area and t-Plot external specific surface area, and thereby increased sediment phosphorus (P) adsorption maximum (S(max)). Contrarily, the fill of Enano-TiO(2) particles into the micropores of sediments could significantly reduce t-Plot micropore specific surface area, and cause slight decrease in sediment P binding energy (K). Clearly, P sorbed in sediment would be easily released because of the decreasing P binding energy of the sediment with elevated Enano-TiO(2). Enano-TiO(2) would thus cause aggravated endogenous pollution in water if such sediment was re-suspended on disturbance. The results obtained in this study contribute to our increasing knowledge of how to regulate physicochemical behavior of pollutants in sediments under the influences of Enano-TiO(2) and/or similar ENPs. PMID:21794978
Zhang, Jia; Nie, Shufang; Martinez-Zaguilan, Raul; Sennoune, Souad R; Wang, Shu
Intimal macrophages are determinant cells for atherosclerotic lesion formation by releasing inflammatory factors and taking up oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) via scavenger receptors, primarily the CD36 receptor. (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) has a potential to decrease cholesterol accumulation and inflammatory responses in macrophages. We made EGCG-loaded nanoparticles (Enano) using phosphatidylcholine, kolliphor HS15, alpha-tocopherol acetate and EGCG. 1-(Palmitoyl)-2-(5-keto-6-octene-dioyl) phosphatidylcholine (KOdiA-PC), a CD36-targeted ligand found on oxLDL, was incorporated on the surface of Enano to make ligand-Enano (L-Enano). The objectives of this study are to deliver EGCG to macrophages via CD36-targeted L-Enano and to determine its antiatherogenic bioactivities. The optimized nanoparticles obtained in our study were spherical and around 108 nm in diameter, and had about 10% of EGCG loading capacity and 96% of EGCG encapsulation efficiency. Compared to Enano, CD36-targeted L-Enano had significantly higher binding affinity to and uptake by macrophages at the same pattern as oxLDL. CD36-targeted L-Enano dramatically improved EGCG stability, increased macrophage EGCG content, delivered EGCG to macrophage cytosol and avoided lysosomes. L-Enano significantly decreased macrophage mRNA levels and protein secretion of monocyte chemoattractant protein 1, but did not significantly change macrophage cholesterol content. The innovative CD36-targeted nanoparticles may facilitate targeted delivery of diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic compounds to intimal macrophages for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis with enhanced efficacy and decreased side effects. PMID:27012617
Rolle, Anthony; Torres, Mario; Eason, Noelle
The State of Texas' education finance mechanism--known as the Foundation School Program (FSP)--was challenged in a series of litigation known as "Edgewood v. Kirby I-IV" and "West Orange Cove I-II". Though the state Supreme Court's holding ultimately moved the Texas Assembly to make changes in the funding mechanism, not since the 1980s has thereâ¦
Rolle, Anthony; Torres, Mario; Eason, Noelle
The State of Texas' education finance mechanism--known as the Foundation School Program (FSP)--was challenged in a series of litigation known as "Edgewood v. Kirby I-IV" and "West Orange Cove I-II". Though the state Supreme Court's holding ultimately moved the Texas Assembly to make changes in the funding mechanism, not since the 1980s has there
Montrul, Silvina; Ionin, Tania
This study investigates dominant language transfer (from English) in adult Spanish second language (L2) learners and Spanish heritage speakers. We focus on contrasting properties of English and Spanish definite articles with respect to generic reference ("Elephants have ivory tusks" vs. "Los elefantes tienen colmillos de marfil") and inalienable
Agama-Acevedo, Edith; Nuñez-Santiago, Maria C; Alvarez-Ramirez, José; Bello-Pérez, Luis A
Banana starches from diverse varieties (Macho, Morado, Valery and Enano Gigante) were studied in their physicochemical, structural and digestibility features. X-ray diffraction indicated that the banana starches present a B-type crystallinity pattern, with slight difference in the crystallinity level. Macho and Enano Gigante starches showed the highest pasting temperatures (79 and 78°C, respectively), whilst Valery and Morado varieties presented a slight breakdown and higher setback than the formers. Morado starch presented the highest solubility value and Valery starch the lowest one. The swelling pattern of the banana starches was in agreement with their pasting profile. All banana starches showed a shear-thinning profile. The resistant starch (RS) fraction was the main fraction in the uncooked banana starches. Morado variety showed the highest amount of slowly digestible starch (SDS) and the lowest RS content reported until now in banana starches. Banana starch cooked samples presented an important amount of SDS and RS. Molecular weight and gyration radius of the four banana starches ranged between 2.88-3.14×10(8)g/mol and 286-302nm, respectively. The chain-length distributions of banana amylopectin showed that B1 chains (DP 13-24) is the main fraction, and an important amount of long chains (DP?37) are present. The information generated from this study can be useful to determine banana varieties for starch isolation with specific functionality. PMID:25839789
Anderson, G. Lester, Ed.
A series of essays address the question: What can and might we expect of the land-grant system and values today and in the future? The essays include: what's ahead for the land-grant colleges (Ralph K. Huitt); the land-grant university, myth and reality (David Madsen); colleges of agriculture revisited (Henry R. Fortmann, Jerome K. Pasto, Thomas
Vidal, M C; Vargas, T E; de GarcÃa, E
The origin of somatic embryos obtained from meristematic apexes of the Musa (AAA) clone "Gran enano" was analyzed through histological and morphological studies during the various development phases of the process. The research point out that somatic embryos developed directly from perivascular parenchyma cells of the leaves. Histological sections of globular embryos showed a radial disposition to cell and the existence of an epidermal layer that surrounds the embryo completely. When citocinine (Z or BA) was added, some embryos remained in globular stage with mild signs of enlargement but with no later development of invagination. Other's embryos reached the invagination stage; and some reached the enlargement stage with active photosynthetic tissues. However there were no to generation of complete plant regardless of additional treatment, such as "osmotic shock" or the additions of GA3--At present do not have an explanations for this results. Therefore, additional experiment should be in early, intermediate and later stages of somatic embryogenesis, in order to understand the mechanisms underlying the lack of development of plants from somatics embryos. PMID:11220222
Ort, M. H.; de Silva, S. L.; JimÃ©nez, N.
The Neogene ignimbrite flare-up in the Altiplano-Puna Volcanic Complex (APVC) in the central Andes produced calderas and ignimbrites covering >70,000 km2 in Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina and totaling >11,000 km3 of magma. One of the questions related to this extraordinary occurrence is how long it took for these ignimbrites to be emplaced. In an effort to determine this, we have combined field correlations, high-precision 40Ar/39Ar dating, anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) and characteristic remanent magnetism (ChRM) to constrain the dates of the eruptions. Herein we present the paleomagnetic data and preliminary interpretations, including the definition of two new super-eruptions in the APVC (including the youngest yet identified in the APVC). Several ignimbrites occupy similar stratigraphic positions. The Pastos Grandes and Tara Ignimbrites erupted 2.8-3.5 Ma, while the Chuhuilla, Alota, and Guacha Ignimbrites date between 5.3 and 5.6 Ma. The Pastos Grandes and Tara Ignimbrites have similar ChRM directions. The ChRM directions of the Alota and Guacha Ignimbrites are clearly distinct but the Chuhuilla Ignimbrite data have very large dispersion. The thermal demagnetization reveals a single component in nearly all the samples, which may indicate that the ignimbrites were emplaced above the magnetite Curie temperature. Current efforts center on refining and reducing the errors on the ChRM directions. AMS was used to determine flow directions and thus define the source areas for ignimbrites. The 3.51 Ma Tara Ignimbrite, first recognized as ponded ignimbrite in La Pacana caldera and thought to be erupted from there, is sourced in the Guacha caldera of Bolivia, likely from the western dome complex, which yields similar dates. Great thicknesses of Tara Ignimbrite are ponded within the Guacha caldera, and also around Cerro Zapaleri. This is the youngest super-eruption in the central APVC. The Pastos Grandes caldera was previously thought to have formed during the Chuhuilla Ignimbrite eruption at 5.45 Ma. Our AMS data show the Pastos Grandes Ignimbrite was erupted from the Pastos Grandes caldera and new dates show it was emplaced at 2.89 Ma, corroborated by the ChRM data. It is exposed over 6000 km2 with a volume of >800 km3, making it the youngest super-eruption in the APVC. This may have been the reactivation of the caldera after a ~2.5 million year hiatus in ignimbrite-forming eruptions. Our AMS data confirm that the Guacha, Laguna Colorado, and Vilama ignimbrites come from their eponymous calderas, with some topographic effects upon the flow directions.
FalguÃ¨res, Christophe; Bahain, Jean-Jacques; Bischoff, James L.; PÃ©rez-GonzÃ¡lez, Alfredo; Ortega, Ana Isabel; OllÃ©, Andreu; Quilles, Anita; Ghaleb, Bassam; Moreno, Davinia; Dolo, Jean-Michel; Shao, Qingfeng; VallverdÃº, Josep; Carbonell, Eudald; MarÃa BermÃºdez de Castro, Jose; Arsuaga, Juan Luis
The Sierra de Atapuerca, northern Spain, is known from many prehistoric and palaeontological sites documenting human prehistory in Europe. Three major sites, Gran Dolina, GalerÃa and Sima del Elefante, range in age from the oldest hominin of Western Europe dated to 1.1 to 1.3 Ma (millions of years ago) at Sima del Elefante to c.a. 0.2 Ma on the top of the GalerÃa archaeological sequence. Recently, a chronology based on luminescence methods (Thermoluminescence [TL] and Infrared Stimulated Luminescence [IRSL]) applied to cave sediments was published for the Gran Dolina and GalerÃa sites. The authors proposed for GalerÃa an age of 450 ka (thousands of years ago) for the units lower GIII and GII, suggesting that the human occupation there is younger than the hominid remains of Sima de los Huesos (>530 ka) around 1 km away. In this paper, we present new results obtained by combined Electron Spin Resonance/Uranium-series (ESR/U-series) dating on 20 herbivorous teeth from different levels at the GalerÃa site. They are in agreement with the TL results for the upper part of the stratigraphic sequence (GIV and GIIIb), in the range of between 200 and 250 ka. But for the GIIIa to GIIb levels, the TL ages become abruptly older by 200 ka while ESR ages remain relatively constant. Finally, the TL and ESR data agree in the lowest part of the section (GIIa); both fall in the range of around 350â450 ka. Our results suggest a different interpretation for the GII, GIII and GIV units of GalerÃa and the upper part of Gran Dolina (TD10 and TD11) than obtained by TL. The ESR/U-series results are supported by a Bayesian analysis, which allows a better integration between stratigraphic information and radiometric data.
Falguères, Christophe; Bahain, Jean-Jacques; Bischoff, James L; Pérez-González, Alfredo; Ortega, Ana Isabel; Ollé, Andreu; Quiles, Anita; Ghaleb, Bassam; Moreno, Davinia; Dolo, Jean-Michel; Shao, Qingfeng; Vallverdú, Josep; Carbonell, Eudald; Bermúdez de Castro, Jose María; Arsuaga, Juan Luis
The Sierra de Atapuerca, northern Spain, is known from many prehistoric and palaeontological sites documenting human prehistory in Europe. Three major sites, Gran Dolina, Galería and Sima del Elefante, range in age from the oldest hominin of Western Europe dated to 1.1 to 1.3 Ma (millions of years ago) at Sima del Elefante to c.a. 0.2 Ma on the top of the Galería archaeological sequence. Recently, a chronology based on luminescence methods (Thermoluminescence [TL] and Infrared Stimulated Luminescence [IRSL]) applied to cave sediments was published for the Gran Dolina and Galería sites. The authors proposed for Galería an age of 450 ka (thousands of years ago) for the units lower GIII and GII, suggesting that the human occupation there is younger than the hominid remains of Sima de los Huesos (>530 ka) around 1 km away. In this paper, we present new results obtained by combined Electron Spin Resonance/Uranium-series (ESR/U-series) dating on 20 herbivorous teeth from different levels at the Galería site. They are in agreement with the TL results for the upper part of the stratigraphic sequence (GIV and GIIIb), in the range of between 200 and 250 ka. But for the GIIIa to GIIb levels, the TL ages become abruptly older by 200 ka while ESR ages remain relatively constant. Finally, the TL and ESR data agree in the lowest part of the section (GIIa); both fall in the range of around 350-450 ka. Our results suggest a different interpretation for the GII, GIII and GIV units of Galería and the upper part of Gran Dolina (TD10 and TD11) than obtained by TL. The ESR/U-series results are supported by a Bayesian analysis, which allows a better integration between stratigraphic information and radiometric data. PMID:23830175
Buckler, Denny; Stefanov, Jim
La region fronteriza de los Estados Unidos y Mexico abarca una gran diversidad de ambientes fisicos y habitaciones, entre los cuales estan los humedales, desiertos, pastos, montanas, y bosques. Estos a su vez son unicos en cuanto a su diversidad de recursos acuaticos minerales, y biologicos. La region se interconecta economica, politica, y socialmente debido a su herencia binacional. En 1995, cerca de 11 millones de habitantes vivian en la zona adyacente a la frontera. Un estudio sugiere que esa poblacion podria doblarse antes del ano 2020.
From 9 to 12 and Finally 8: how Many Planets are around the Sun? (Spanish Title: De 9 a 12 y Finalmente 8: ¿Cuántos Planetas Hay Alrededor del Sol?) De 9 a 12 e Finalmente 8: Quantos Planetas Existem AO Redor do Sol?
The International Astronomical Union, the organization that groups together the professional astronomers over the world, has recently adopted a historical definition: What is a planet in the Solar System? Changing 76 years of tradition, our Solar System has now 8 planets and an increasing number of a new category of bodies named "dwarf planets", among them is the former planet Pluto. In this article we present the reasons that support the resolution and we describe the participation of the Latin-American astronomers in the process to adopt it. La Unión Astronómica Internacional, la organización que agrupa a los astrónomos profesionales del planeta, acaba de adoptar una definición histórica: ¿Qué es un planeta en nuestro Sistema Solar? Cambiando 76 años de tradición, según esta definición, nuestro Sistema Solar cuenta con 8 planetas y una creciente cantidad de "planetas enanos", entre los que quedó incluido el hasta hace poco planeta Plutón. En el presente artículo se presentarán los argumentos que fundamentan esta resolución y la participación que han tenido los astrónomos latinoamericanos en la adopción de la misma. A União Astronômica Internacional, a organização que agrupa os astrônomos profissionais do planeta, acaba de adotar uma definição histórica: O que é um planeta em nosso Sistema Solar? Mudando 76 anos de tradição, segundo esta definição, nosso Sistema Solar conta com 8 planetas e uma crescente quantidade de "planetas anões", entre os quais foi incluido o até há pouco planeta Plutão. No presente artigo serão apresentados os argumentos que fundamentam esta resolução e a participação que tiveram os astrônomos latino-americanos na adoção da mesma.
Martin, Mark W.; Clavero R, Jorge; Mpodozis M, Constantino
Regional mapping (1:50,000) and U-Pb and K-Ar geochronology in the El Indio region refines the knowledge of the distribution, lithostratigraphy, and age of the sedimentary, volcanic, and intrusive rocks that comprise the regionally extensive Pastos Blancos Group which is equivalent to the Choiyoi Group of the Argentine Frontal Cordillera. The Pastos Blancos Group (which we elevate to Group status herein) includes at least two diachronous volcanic-sedimentary sequences: an older felsic volcanic and volcaniclastic unit, the Guanaco Sonso sequence, that is Permian in age, and a younger bimodal volcanic and volcaniclastic unit, the Los Tilos sequence that is Middle Triassic to Early Jurassic. Sedimentary rocks of the Los Tilos sequence are transitional upward into the overlying Early to Middle Jurassic shallow marine limestones of the Lautaro Formation. Intrusions that make up the regionally extensive Permian to Early Jurassic plutons of the Chollay and Elqui-Limar?´ batholiths that were previously mapped as a single plutonic association, the Ingaguás Complex, include in the El Indio region at least three discrete intrusive units. These include: Early Permian (280-270 Ma) biotite granites, Early to Middle Triassic (242-238 Ma) silica-rich leucocratic granites and rhyolitic porphyries that made up the bulk of the Chollay Batholith, and a younger Late Triassic-Early Jurassic unit (221-200 Ma) of mainly intrusive rhyolitic porphyries, extrusive domes, and subordinate mafic intrusions and both felsic and mafic dikes, which are coeval with volcanic rocks of the Los Tilos sequence. Our data show that latest Paleozoic to Early Jurassic intrusive, volcanic, and sedimentary rocks in the El Indio region of the High Andes of Chile between 29-30°S likely formed during extension driven processes after the cessation of Carboniferous-Early Permian subduction along the western edge of Gondwana. These processes began by Late Permian time, but instead of recording a single and protracted magmatic event, as has been previously suggested, rocks that belong to the Pastos Blancos Group and the Ingaguás Intrusive Complex record at least three discrete periods of silicic to bimodal magmatism which occurred during the Middle Permian to Early Jurassic interval.
Carrapa, B.; Decelles, P. G.
The Puna is part of the larger Puna-Altiplano Plateau (also known as the Central Andean Plateau), characterized by high elevation, low relief, and aridity, located in the central Andes of Bolivia and Argentina. Tertiary sedimentary rocks preserved within the Puna contain a unique archive of information regarding the paleogeography, depositional environments, and timing of sediment source exhumation during the early stages of Andean mountain building. The Eocene Geste Formation in the Salar de Pastos Grandes area (within the central Puna of northwestern Argentina) consists of deposits that are the result of confined to unconfined flows in a sandy to gravelly, braided fluvial system and alluvial fans proximal to the source terrane. Paleocurrent data document an overall eastward flow direction. Up-section coarsening of the Geste Formation suggests that topographic relief in the source area increased through time, possibly owing to enhanced tectonic activity and source terrane unroofing. Sandstone petrography and conglomerate clast-count data document quartzose and phyllitic compositions typical of Ordovician rocks preserved just west of the Salar de Pastos Grandes area. Paleocene-Eocene detrital apatite fission track age populations (P1: Ë35-52 Ma; P2: Ë52-65 Ma) of the Geste Formation and their consistent trends up-section suggest moderate to rapid (Ë0.4 mm/a to >1 mm/a) exhumation of western sediment sources during the early to mid-Tertiary stages of Andean mountain building. Sedimentation rates increase up-section from Ë0.1 mm/a to 1 mm/a. Our data, when combined with other structural, stratigraphic and seismic evidence from surrounding regions, suggest that the Geste Formation was deposited in response to crustal shortening and resulting erosion and sedimentation, which started as early as Cretaceous in the Chilean Cordillera de Domeyko and in the Salar de Pastos Grandes area by Eocene time. The Geste Formation could be interpreted either as a local wedge-top accumulation on the eastward propagating central Andean orogenic wedge, or as a local intermontane basin. The similarities between wedge-top deposits preserved in Bolivia and Eocene deposits in northwestern Argentina, south of Ë25Â°S, lead us to favor the wedge-top scenario for the Geste Formation. If correct, this implies that the deformation front of the Andean orogenic wedge incorporated both thin- and thick-skinned structures as it migrated, possibly unsteadily, from the Cordillera de Domeyko during the Cretaceous-Paleocene to areas within the Puna and Eastern Cordillera by mid-late Eocene time. Contemporaneously, a regional-scale foreland basin system developed over an along-strike distance of at least 650 km.
Rovida, A.; Tibaldi, A.
We propose a neotectonic study of the area around the active Galeras Volcano (southwestern Colombia). Geological, structural and quantitative morphological field data allowed to constrain the geometry, age and kinematics of the recognised recent faults and their relationship with the volcano and its sector collapses. Three main Holocene fault traces were identified NE of the volcano: the already known Buesaco Fault and the new-found Aranda and Pasto Faults. Measured displacements of 135-120 ka and 21-6 ka old morphologies support late Pleistocene-Holocene right-lateral movements. Although the town of Pasto and the volcano stand on the prolongation of the faults recognised to the NE, these fault traces are not evident neither in the urban area nor on the volcanic edifice. Pasto is located in the flat bottom of a NW-trending wide valley filled with pyroclastic and subordinated fluvio-lacustrine deposits younger than 13 ka. A detailed field survey of the outcrops in the town territory and on the volcano SE slope showed the presence of a pervasive system of nearly vertical fractures: four main joint sets, striking N45Â°, N114Â°, N111Â° and N104Â° in decreasing order of frequency, and two microfaults sets, striking N82Â° and N37Â° in decreasing order of frequency, are present. Microfaults show horizontal striae indicating right-lateral sense of motion under a horizontal greatest principal stress (sigma1) trending NE and a horizontal least principal stress (sigma3) trending NW. NE-striking joints are thus normal to the direction of sigma3. On the Galeras edifice W to NW trending faults with normal motions cut lavas dated 12.8 ka. These structural data are consistent with the incipient propagation of the right-lateral strike-slip faults across the volcano edifice and the young pyroclastic and fluvio-glacial cover. The geometry and kinematics of the faults are consistent with the WSW direction of the two large sector collapses that characterised the evolution of the volcano.
JimÃ©nez, M. J.; GarcÃa-FernÃ¡ndez, M.; Romero, J.
The Galeras volcanic complex, located in the NariÃ±o department, SW Colombia, includes the most historically active volcano in the country, Galeras, a 4276 m high stratovolcano located 9 km west of the city of San Juan de Pasto (400,000 inhabitants). The area is also affected by the continental faulting represented by the Buesaco, Aranda and Pasto faults belonging to one of the most seismically active structures in Colombia, the Romeral fault system. Several moderate to strong shallow earthquakes affected the city of San Juan de Pasto and its neighbouring region since the XVII century. The coexistence of an active volcanic complex and an active fault system complicates the study and interpretation of the different processes taking place in the region as well as the identification of any connection or interaction among them. The reactivation of the volcano in 1989 was characterized by three main magmatic events: (1) a series of Vulcanian eruptions during 4-9 May 1989, with semi-continuous ash emissions from a secondary crater; (2) the emplacement of an andesitic lava dome at the bottom of the main crater from September 1990 until December 1991; and (3) six Vulcanian eruptions from the main crater during 1992-1993, with destruction of most of the dome during the first one on 16 July 1992. During the same period, four earthquake sequences were located in a limited area N and NE of Galeras volcano on August-September 1989 (AUG1989), April-June 1993 (APR1993), November-December 1993 (NOV1993) and March-August 1995 (MAR1995). The last one included a Ml4.7 main shock on 4 March 1995 producing moderate to high damage in the epicentral region (MSK maximum intensity VIII), and in the city of San Juan de Pasto (VI-VII). The last damaging earthquake in the region was a MSK-intensity VIII-IX in 1947. A detailed analysis of the spatio-temporal characteristics of the four earthquake sequences allowed identifying their different origin and suggesting some interrelationship between the reactivated eruptive process and the contemporaneous seismic activity. The AUG1989 sequence presents a typical volcanic swarm-like pattern most probably related with the process of magma intrusion from depth at the beginning of the volcano's reactivation. The APR1993, the NOV1993 and the MAR1995 sequences show a clear tectonic origin with events occurring on rupture planes almost vertical that can be associated to the active faults in the area, The seismogenic process of these three sequences could have been activated or accelerated by the main eruptions during 1992-1993. These results suggest that constrains provided by improved relocations and the detailed analysis of the space-time characteristics of earthquake sequences in Galeras volcanic environment allow to establish the different generation mechanisms involved and to suggest feasible explanations on the possible interrelationships of the magmatic-volcanic processes and the seismicity observed.
Lizarazo C, M. J.; Alvarado, H.; Sanchez, J. J.
Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes at Galeras Volcano were relocated using the waveform catalog waveform and preliminary phase arrival data compiled by the monitoring network at Observatorio VolcanolÃ³gico y SismolÃ³gico de Pasto. Several routines were developed in MATLAB, mainly to prepare waveforms, calculate differential travel times, and identifying seismic families; and the HypoDD program was implemented, which allowed performing the relocations. The procedure resulted in the detection of 10 swarm-type families and 4 spatial-type families of earthquakes, which reveal a fault of 1.6 km bounding the Urcunina Caldera, and a ring fault of 1.8 km in diameter, adjacent to the crater. Reductions in the range 56.84% - 87.48% were achieved in the hypocentral parameters uncertainties as compared to uncertainties in traditional locations, to finally obtain an alternative image of the Volcano-Tectonic earthquakes distribution Galeras Volcano VG with a significantly lower uncertainty.
Vodniza, Alberto Q.; Pereira, Mario R.
The comet called C/2013 A1 (SIDING SPRING) was discovered on January 3, 2013 in Australia. In January 28/2014, NASA announced that is preparing for the close encounter that will happen between the comet C/2013 A1 and Mars on October 19-2014. The Mission called âMAVENâ will insert in Mars orbit on september 21â2014. The comet will pass just 138,000 kilometers far from the surface of Mars. The probability that the comet collides with Mars is small but the dust particles emitted by the comet can cause damage to spacecrafts and probes that are in orbit around that planet. NASA is making preparations to take all precautions. If the comet is quite active, there will be almost no time to take security measures with Mars orbiters. For that reason NASA is already ahead of the facts. According to scientists of the "JET PROPULSION LABORATORY-JPL", dust particles spewing from the comet may be traveling at 56 km / sec in relation to the orbiters, fifty times faster than the speed of a bullet. From our Observatory, located in Pasto-Colombia, we captured several pictures, videos and astrometry data during several days. The pictures of the asteroid were captured with the following equipment: CGE PRO 1400 CELESTRON (f/11 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope) and STL-1001 SBIG camera. Astrometry was carried out, and we calculated the orbital elements.Summary And Conclusions: We obtained the following orbital parameters: eccentricity = 1.0003983, orbital inclination = 129.03078 deg, longitude of the ascending node = 300.99538 deg, argument of perihelion = 2.42310 deg, perihelion distance = 1.40023196 A.U. The parameters were calculated based on 20 observations (Jan 21 to April 02) with mean residual = 0.334 arcseconds. We also obtained the light curve of the body with our data (January to November/2014)Acknowledgements: The authors would like to thank to University of Narino-Pasto-Colombia.
KANSKY, RUTH; KIDD, MARTIN; KNIGHT, ANDREW T
Many populations of threatened mammals persist outside formally protected areas, and their survival depends on the willingness of communities to coexist with them. An understanding of the attitudes, and specifically the tolerance, of individuals and communities and the factors that determine these is therefore fundamental to designing strategies to alleviate human-wildlife conflict. We conducted a meta-analysis to identify factors that affected attitudes toward 4 groups of terrestrial mammals. Elephants (65%) elicited the most positive attitudes, followed by primates (55%), ungulates (53%), and carnivores (44%). Urban residents presented the most positive attitudes (80%), followed by commercial farmers (51%) and communal farmers (26%). A tolerance to damage index showed that human tolerance of ungulates and primates was proportional to the probability of experiencing damage while elephants elicited tolerance levels higher than anticipated and carnivores elicited tolerance levels lower than anticipated. Contrary to conventional wisdom, experiencing damage was not always the dominant factor determining attitudes. Communal farmers had a lower probability of being positive toward carnivores irrespective of probability of experiencing damage, while commercial farmers and urban residents were more likely to be positive toward carnivores irrespective of damage. Urban residents were more likely to be positive toward ungulates, elephants, and primates when probability of damage was low, but not when it was high. Commercial and communal farmers had a higher probability of being positive toward ungulates, primates, and elephants irrespective of probability of experiencing damage. Taxonomic bias may therefore be important. Identifying the distinct factors explaining these attitudes and the specific contexts in which they operate, inclusive of the species causing damage, will be essential for prioritizing conservation investments. Meta-AnÃ¡lisis de las Posturas hacia la MamÃferos Silvestres Causantes de DaÃ±os Resumen Muchas poblaciones de mamÃferos amenazados persisten fuera de Ã¡reas protegidas formales y su supervivencia depende de la buena voluntad de las comunidades que coexisten con ellos. Un entendimiento de las posturas, y especÃficamente de la tolerancia, de los individuos y las comunidades y los factores que los determinan es fundamental para diseÃ±ar estrategias que alivien el conflicto humano â vida silvestre. Llevamos a cabo un meta-anÃ¡lisis para identificar los factores que afectaron las posturas hacia cuatro grupos de mamÃferos terrestres. Los elefantes (65%) provocaron las posturas mÃ¡s positivas. Los siguieron los primates (55%), los ungulados (53%) y los carnÃvoros (44%). Los residentes urbanos presentaron las posturas mÃ¡s positivas (80%), seguidos por los granjeros comerciales (51%) y los granjeros comunales (26%). Un Ãndice de tolerancia a los daÃ±os mostrÃ³ que la tolerancia humana a los ungulados y primates fue proporcional a la probabilidad de experimentar daÃ±os mientras que los elefantes provocaron niveles de tolerancia mÃ¡s altos de lo esperado y los carnÃvoros provocaron niveles de tolerancia mÃ¡s bajos de lo esperado. Contrario a la sabidurÃa convencional, experimentar daÃ±os no fue siempre el factor dominante para determinar las posturas. Los granjeros comunales tuvieron una baja probabilidad de ser positivos hacia los carnÃvoros independientemente de la probabilidad de experimentar daÃ±os, mientras que los granjeros comerciales y los residentes urbanos tuvieron mayor probabilidad de ser positivos hacia los carnÃvoros independientemente de los daÃ±os. Los residentes urbanos tuvieron mayor probabilidad de ser positivos hacia los ungulados, los elefantes y los primates cuando la probabilidad de daÃ±os fue baja, pero no cuando fue alta. Los granjeros comerciales y comunales tuvieron una mayor probabilidad de ser positivos hacia los ungulados, los primates y los elefantes independientemente de la probabilidad de experimentar daÃ±os. El prejuicio taxonÃ³mico por eso puede ser importante. El identificar los distintos factores que explican estas posturas y los contextos especÃficos en los cuales operan, inclusivo de especies que causan daÃ±os, serÃ¡ esencial para priorizar las inversiones en la conservaciÃ³n. PMID:24661270
Leppla, N.C.; Frank, J.H.; Adjei, M.B.; Vicente, N.E.
Non-indigenous invasive mole crickets, Scapteriscus vicinus Scudder (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) in Florida and S. didactylus (Latreille) (the 'changa') in Puerto Rico, are being managed with an entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema scapterisci (Nguyen and Smart) (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae), and a parasitic wasp, Larra bicolor L. (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Pest mole cricket populations have declined by 95% in north central Florida since these specialist natural enemies were released and established in the 1980s. Commercial production of the nematode was initiated, nearly 70 billion were applied in 34 Florida counties, and their establishment, spread, and impact on mole crickets were monitored. The infected mole crickets dispersed the nematode rapidly, so that within 6 months these parasites were present in most of the insects trapped in experimental pastures. Three years later, mole cricket populations were reduced to acceptable levels and the bahiagrass had recovered. The nematode was released for the first time in Puerto Rico during 2001 and has persisted; the wasp was introduced in the late 1930s. The geographical distribution of the wasp is being expanded in Florida and Puerto Rico by planting plots of Spermacoce verticillata (L.), a wildflower indigenous to Puerto Rico and widely distributed in southern Florida. Pastures, sod farms, golf courses, landscapes, and vegetable farms in Florida and Puerto Rico are benefiting from biological control of invasive mole crickets. (author) [Spanish] Los grillotopos invasores no indigenas, Scapteriscus vicinus (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) en el estado de Florida y S. didactylus ('changa') en Puerto Rico, estan siendo manejados por el nematodo entomopathogeno, Steinernema scapterisci (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae) y la avispa parasitica, Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Las poblaciones de los grillotopo plagas han declinado un 95% en el norte central de la Florida desde que estos enemigos naturales especialistas fueron liberados y establecidos en los 80s. Consecuentemente, la produccion comercial del nematodo fue iniciada, casi 70 billones fueron aplicados en 34 condados de la Florida, y se realizo un monitoreo para evaluar su establecimiento, dispersion e impacto sobre los grillotopos. Los gillotopos infectados dispersaron los nematodos rapidamente, tanto que despues de 6 meses estos parasitos estaban presentes en la mayoria de los insectos atrapados en los pastos experimentales. Tres anos despues, las poblaciones de los grillotopos fueron reducidas a niveles aceptables y los campos de pasto 'bahia' se recuperaron. El nematodo fue liberado para la primera vez en Puerto Rico durante del 2001 y ha persistido; la avispa fue introducida al final de los 30s. La distribucion geografica de la avispa se esta extendiendo en la Florida y Puerto Rico por medio de la siembra de parcelas de Spermacoce verticillata, una flor silvestre indigena a Puerto Rico y distribuida ampliamente en el sur de la Florida. Los campos de pasto, las operaciones comerciales de cesped, los campos de golf, los paisajes y las fincas de hortalizas en la Florida y Puerto Rico se estan beneficiando del control biologico de los grillotopos invasores. (author)
Manunta, Michele; CalÃ², Fabiana; De Luca, Claudio; Elefante, Stefano; Farres, Jordi; Guzzetti, Fausto; Imperatore, Pasquale; Lanari, Riccardo; Lengert, Wolfgang; Zinno, Ivana; Casu, Francesco
The incoming Sentinel missions have been designed to be the first remote sensing satellite system devoted to operational services. In particular, the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Sentinel-1 sensor, dedicated to globally acquire over land in the interferometric mode, guarantees an unprecedented capability to investigate and monitor the Earth surface deformations related to natural and man-made hazards. Thanks to the global coverage strategy and 12-day revisit time, jointly with the free and open access data policy, such a system will allow an extensive application of Differential Interferometric SAR (DInSAR) techniques. In such a framework, European Commission has been funding several projects through the GMES and Copernicus programs, aimed at preparing the user community to the operational and extensive use of Sentinel-1 products for risk mitigation and management purposes. Among them, the FP7-DORIS, an advanced GMES downstream service coordinated by Italian National Council of Research (CNR), is based on the fully exploitation of advanced DInSAR products in landslides and subsidence contexts. In particular, the DORIS project (www.doris-project.eu) has developed innovative scientific techniques and methodologies to support Civil Protection Authorities (CPA) during the pre-event, event, and post-event phases of the risk management cycle. Nonetheless, the huge data stream expected from the Sentinel-1 satellite may jeopardize the effective use of such data in emergency response and security scenarios. This potential bottleneck can be properly overcome through the development of modern infrastructures, able to efficiently provide computing resources as well as advanced services for big data management, processing and dissemination. In this framework, CNR and ESA have tightened up a cooperation to foster the use of GRID and cloud computing platforms for remote sensing data processing, and to make available to a large audience advanced and innovative tools for DInSAR products generation and exploitation. In particular, CNR is porting the multi-temporal DInSAR technique referred to as Small Baseline Subset (SBAS) into the ESA G-POD (Grid Processing On Demand) and CIOP (Cloud Computing Operational Pilot) platforms (Elefante et al., 2013) within the SuperSites Exploitation Platform (SSEP) project, which aim is contributing to the development of an ecosystem for big geo-data processing and dissemination. This work focuses on presenting the main results that have been achieved by the DORIS project concerning the use of advanced DInSAR products for supporting CPA during the risk management cycle. Furthermore, based on the DORIS experience, a sustainability model for Core and Downstream Copernicus services based on the effective exploitation of cloud platforms is proposed. In this framework, remote sensing community, both service providers and users, can significantly benefit from the Helix Nebula-The Science Cloud initiative, created by European scientific institutions, agencies, SMEs and enterprises to pave the way for the development and exploitation of a cloud computing infrastructure for science. REFERENCES Elefante, S., Imperatore, P. , Zinno, I., M. Manunta, E. Mathot, F. Brito, J. Farres, W. Lengert, R. Lanari, F. Casu, 2013, "SBAS-DINSAR Time series generation on cloud computing platforms". IEEE IGARSS Conference, Melbourne (AU), July 2013.
Zinno, Ivana; De Luca, Claudio; Elefante, Stefano; Imperatore, Pasquale; Manunta, Michele; Casu, Francesco
Differential Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (DInSAR) is an effective technique to estimate and monitor ground displacements with centimetre accuracy . In the last decade, advanced DInSAR algorithms, such as the Small Baseline Subset (SBAS)  one that is aimed at following the temporal evolution of the ground deformation, showed to be significantly useful remote sensing tools for the geoscience communities as well as for those related to hazard monitoring and risk mitigation. DInSAR scenario is currently characterized by the large and steady increasing availability of huge SAR data archives that have a broad range of diversified features according to the characteristics of the employed sensor. Indeed, besides the old generation sensors, that include ERS, ENVISAT and RADARSAT systems, the new X-band generation constellations, such as COSMO-SkyMed and TerraSAR-X, have permitted an overall study of ground deformations with an unprecedented detail thanks to their improved spatial resolution and reduced revisit time. Furthermore, the incoming ESA Sentinel-1 SAR satellite is characterized by a global coverage acquisition strategy and 12-day revisit time and, therefore, will further contribute to improve deformation analyses and monitoring capabilities. However, in this context, the capability to process such huge SAR data archives is strongly limited by the existing DInSAR algorithms, which are not specifically designed to exploit modern high performance computational infrastructures (e.g. cluster, grid and cloud computing platforms). The goal of this paper is to present a Parallel version of the SBAS algorithm (P-SBAS) which is based on a dual-level parallelization approach and embraces combined parallel strategies , . A detailed description of the P-SBAS algorithm will be provided together with a scalability analysis focused on studying its performances. In particular, a P-SBAS scalability analysis with respect to the number of exploited CPUs has been carried out on real data acquired by ENVISAT and COSMO-SkyMed sensors. Moreover, the P-SBAS performances with respect to the size of the input dataset will also be investigated. This kind of analysis is essential for assessing the goodness of the P-SBAS algorithm and gaining insight into its applicability to different scenarios. Besides, such results will also become crucial to identify and evaluate how to appropriately exploit P-SBAS to process the forthcoming large Sentinel-1 data stream. References  Massonnet, D., Briole, P., Arnaud, A., "Deflation of Mount Etna monitored by Spaceborne Radar Interferometry", Nature, vol. 375, pp. 567-570, 1995.  Berardino, P., G. Fornaro, R. Lanari, and E. Sansosti, "A new algorithm for surface deformation monitoring based on small baseline differential SAR interferograms", IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., vol. 40, no. 11, pp. 2375-2383, Nov. 2002.  Elefante, S., Imperatore, P. , Zinno, I., M. Manunta, E. Mathot, F. Brito, J. Farres, W. Lengert, R. Lanari, F. Casu, "SBAS-DINSAR Time series generation on cloud computing platforms", IEEE IGARSS 2013, July 2013, Melbourne (AU).  Zinno, P. Imperatore, S. Elefante, F. Casu, M. Manunta, E. Mathot, F. Brito, J. Farres, W. Lengert, R. Lanari, "A Novel Parallel Computational Framework for Processing Large INSAR Data Sets", Living Planet Symposium 2013, Sept. 9-13, 2013.
Prado-Simón, Leyre; Martinón-Torres, María; Baca, Pilar; Olejniczak, Anthony J; Gómez-Robles, Aida; Lapresa, María; Luis Arsuaga, Juan; María Bermúdez de Castro, José
The aim of this study is to describe the morphology of the roots and root canals of permanent lower second premolars (LP4s) with fully developed roots of five hominin groups: Homo sp. (ATE9-1 specimen) from Atapuerca-Sima del Elefante locality, H. antecessor (ATD6-4 and ATD6-125) from Atapuerca-Gran Dolina TD6 locality, H. heidelbergensis from Atapuerca-Sima de los Huesos locality, H. neanderthalensis from Krapina, Regourdou, and Abri Bourgeois-Delaunay localities, and two contemporary H. sapiens groups. The teeth were scanned by means of microtomography. The roots were divided into three virtual segments by three planes: cemento-enamel junction (CEJ), mid-root (MR), and mid-apex (MA). Volumetric and planar direct measurements of the whole teeth and each segment were taken. Descriptive statistical analyses and nonparametric Mann-Whiney test were performed to test for significant differences (P < 0.025) between groups. ATE9-1 and Gran Dolina-TD6 fossils present intricate radicular complexes that might be transitional between the morphologies of Australopithecus robustus and African early Homo and the derived conditions typically found in later Homo. In H. neanderthalensis and H. heidelbergensis, the root canals are wide, with small apical convergence. This trait is particularly pronounced in the Sima de los Huesos sample which may reflect a particularity of this population. Our study demonstrates the potential of hominin roots and root canals as untapped sources of taxonomic information when the tooth crown is fragmented. Future studies, including more fossil specimens and species will shed light in the polarity of the morphologies observed. PMID:22282075
Garcia, Joan; Martínez, Kenneth; Cuenca-Bescós, Gloria; Carbonell, Eudald
The first migration out of Africa undertaken by the genus Homo is documented in Georgia at 1.8 Myr (Dmanisi) and some 0.4 Myr afterwards in the Middle East ('Ubeidiya). However, the debate on when the European continent was populated for the first time remains open. The first human presence in Europe prior to the Jaramillo subchron (1.07-0.99 Myr) is evidenced at Fuente Nueva 3 and Barranco León D (Orce) and at Sima del Elefante (Atapuerca), an occupation that seems to have continued through the Jaramillo at Gran Dolina TD3-4 and TD5 (Atapuerca), at Vallparadís (Barcelona), and up to the Matuyama-Brunhes boundary at Gran Dolina TD6. Even so, those who still defend a short chronology' espouse an intermittent early population limited to the Mediterranean area, delaying the first occupation until after the Jaramillo. These hypotheses fail to explain what factors were behind the absence of population in Europe prior to this period, bearing in mind that there were populations of hominins at the gates of Europe between 1 and 0.5 Myr before the first archaeological record documented in Western Europe. Paleomagnetic analyses of the archaeological sites are rarely able to detect the Jaramillo subchron due to its short duration, while the radiometric dating methods (U-series/ESR) usually applied are limited in the accuracy they can achieve for the chronologies in question. These limitations make it necessary to depend on the biostratigraphy of small and large mammals to ascertain with precision the time of the first colonization of the continent. Accordingly, in the present article we discuss the chronological data from the older Iberian archaeological sites using biostratigraphic data to establish an archaeological sequence that demonstrates the expansion of the first hominin occupation of Southern Europe prior to Jaramillo.
Cuda, J.P.; Dunford, J.C.; Leavengood, J.M. Jr.
Torpedograss, Panicum repens L., is an adventive, rhizomatous grass species that has become an invasive weed of terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic environments in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Until recently, strategies for controlling torpedograss in the USA have focused almost exclusively on mechanical and chemical methods, either alone or in combination, with varied results. A survey of the arthropods and nematodes currently associated with the plant in Lake Okeechobee, Florida, was conducted as part of a feasibility study to determine whether torpedograss is an appropriate target for a classical biological control program. Overall, approximately 4,000 arthropods and 400 nematode specimens were collected. Sweep, clipped vegetation, and soil core samples were dominated by representatives of the arthropod orders Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, and Acari. Lesion nematodes of the genus Pratylenchus were commonly associated with the roots of torpedograss. None of the organisms collected were torpedograss specialists. Although classical biological control of torpedograss is feasible based on the extent of the infestation, economic losses, resistance to conventional controls, and the report of a potentially host specific natural enemy in India, the botanical position of this grass weed will require a formal risk assessment before proceeding with a classical biological control program. (author) [Spanish] La conota, Panicum repens L., es una especie foranea de pasto que produce rizomas que ha convertido en ser una maleza invasora de ambientes terrestres, pantanosos y acuaticos en regiones tropicales y subtropicales en todo el mundo. Hasta hace un tiempo reciente, las estrategias para controlar conota en los EEUU eran enfocadas casi exclusivamente en los metodos mecanicos y quimicos, solos o en combinacion, con resultados variables. Un muestreo de los artropodos y nematodos asociados corrientemente con esta planta en el Lago de Okeechobee, Florida, fue realizado como parte de un estudio de factibilidad para determinar si conota es una candidata apropiada para un programa de control biologico clasico. En general, especimenes de aproximadamente unos 4,000 artropodos y unos 400 nematodos fueron recolectados. Muestras recolectadas pasando una red sobre vegetacion mezclada, cortando la vegetacion y tomando centros del suelo fueron dominados por representantes de artropodos de los ordenes de Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Diptera, y Acari. Nematodos en el genero Pratylenchus, que causan lesiones sobre tejido, fueron asociados regularmente con las raices de conota. Ninguno de los organismos recolectados eran especialistas sobre conota. Aunque el control biologico clasico de la conota es factible basado sobre la magnitud de la infestacion, las perdidas economicas, la resistencia hacia los metodos de control convencionales y el informe en la India de un posible enemigo natural especifico a esta planta, la posicion botanica de este pasto maleza requiere una evaluacion de riesgo economico formal antes de continuar con un programa de control biologico clasico. (author)
Banks, N. G.; Calvache V, M. L.; Williams, S. N.
VolcÃ¡n Galeras is the southernmost Colombian volcano with well-recorded historic activity. The volcano is part of a large and complex volcanic center upon which 400,000 people live. Historic activity has centered on a small-volume cone inside the youngest of several large amphitheaters that breach the west flank of the volcano, away from the city of Pasto (population 300,000). Lava flows (SiO 2 between 54.6 and 64.7 wt.%) have dominated activity for more than 1 Ma, but explosive events have also occurred. Joint studies by volcanologists from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and the United States produced 24 new 14C ages and more than 100 stratigraphic sections to interpret the past 50 ka of activity at Galeras, including sector collapse events. The youngest collapse event truncated 12.8 ka lava flows and may have occurred as recently as 8 to 10 ka. Tephra-fall material rapidly thins and becomes finer away from the vent area. The only widespread marker in the < 10 ka section is a biotite-bearing tephra deposited between 4.1 and 4.5 ka from a source south of Galeras. It separates cryoturbated from largely undisturbed layers on Galeras, and thus dates a stratigraphic horizon which is useful in the interpretation of other volcanoes and geotectonics in the equatorial Andes. Pyroclastic flows during the past 50 ka have been small to moderate in volume, but they have left numerous thin deposits on the north and east flanks where lava flows have been impeded by crater and amphitheater walls. Many of the pyroclastic-flow deposits are lithic rich, with fines and clasts so strongly altered by hydrothermal action before eruption that they, as well as the sector collapse deposits, resemble waste dumps of leached cappings from disseminated sulfide deposits more than volcanogenic deposits. This evidence of a long-lived hydrothermal system indicates susceptibility to mass failure and explosive events higher than expected for a volcano built largely by lava flows and modest Vulcanian eruptions. Photographs, written accounts, and our study document historic north and east flank pyroclastic flows as far as 10 km from the summit; however, none have left recognizable deposits in Pasto for more than 40 ka.
Banks, N.G.; Calvache, V.M.L.; Williams, S.N.
VolcÃ¡n Galeras is the southernmost Colombian volcano with well-recorded historic activity. The volcano is part of a large and complex volcanic center upon which 400,000 people live. Historic activity has centered on a small-volume cone inside the youngest of several large amphitheaters that breach the west flank of the volcano, away from the city of Pasto (population 300,000). Lava flows (SiO2 between 54.6 and 64.7 wt.%) have dominated activity for more than 1 Ma, but explosive events have also occurred. Joint studies by volcanologists from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and the United States produced 24 new14C ages and more than 100 stratigraphic sections to interpret the past 50 ka of activity at Galeras, including sector collapse events. The youngest collapse event truncated 12.8 ka lava flows and may have occurred as recently as 8 to 10 ka. Tephra-fall material rapidly thins and becomes finer away from the vent area. The only widespread marker in the < 10 ka section is a biotite-bearing tephra deposited between 4.1 and 4.5 ka from a source south of Galeras. It separates cryoturbated from largely undisturbed layers on Galeras, and thus dates a stratigraphic horizon which is useful in the interpretation of other volcanoes and geotectonics in the equatorial Andes. Pyroclastic flows during the past 50 ka have been small to moderate in volume, but they have left numerous thin deposits on the north and east flanks where lava flows have been impeded by crater and amphitheater walls. Many of the pyroclastic-flow deposits are lithic rich, with fines and clasts so strongly altered by hydrothermal action before eruption that they, as well as the sector collapse deposits, resemble waste dumps of leached cappings from disseminated sulfide deposits more than volcanogenic deposits. This evidence of a long-lived hydrothermal system indicates susceptibility to mass failure and explosive events higher than expected for a volcano built largely by lava flows and modest Vulcanian eruptions. Photographs, written accounts, and our study document historic north and east flank pyroclastic flows as far as 10 km from the summit; however, none have left recognizable deposits in Pasto for more than 40 ka.
Ruiz, M. C.; Gomez, D.; Torres, R.; Cadena, O.; Mothes, P. A.; Anzieta, J. C.; Pacheco, D. A.; Bernard, B.; Acero, W.; Hidalgo, S.; Enriquez, W.; Cordova, A.
The increasing seismic activity at the area of Chiles - Cerro Negro volcanic complex, located at the Ecuador-Colombian border, has been jointly monitored by the Instituto Geofisico - Ecuador and the Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico de Pasto OVSP, a division of the Servicio Geologico Colombiano. Since April 2013, three seismic swarms have been detected in this area and more than 100.000 events are recorded since November 2013. The largest and more recent swarm has a daily average of 676 events between March and June 2014. Currently a seismic network of 8 seismic stations (5 in the Colombian and 3 in Ecuadorean side) are deployed in this area. Epicenters of more than 315 seismic events with magnitudes Ml>2.0 and 10 or more phases are located in an area 1-4 km south of Chiles volcano with shallow depths (up to 14 km). Most of events have magnitudes between 1.0 to 4.0. Nine events have magnitudes larger than 4.0 and the largest event occurred on April 30. 2014 with a local magnitude of 4.7 and inverse-transcurrent component focal mechanism. Waveforms and spectral patterns define these events as volcano-tectonic. Events with large magnitudes (above 3.0) show a very long-period component. Hot spring and deformation measurements also show signals of volcanic unrest.
Vargas, Carlos Alberto; Torres, Roberto
A three-dimensional estimation of the Vp, Vs and Vp/Vs ratio structure at Galeras volcano was conducted by means of passive local earthquake tomography. 14,150 volcano-tectonic events recorded by 58 stations in the seismological network established for monitoring the volcanic activity by the Colombian Geological Survey - Pasto Volcano Observatory between the years 1989 and 2015, were inverted by using the LOTOS code. The seismic events are associated with shear-stress fractures in solid rock as a response to pressure induced by magma flow. Tomography resolution tests suggest a depth of imaging that yield 10 km from the summit of the main crater, illuminating a large portion of the volcanic structure and the interaction of tectonic features like the Buesaco and Silvia-Pijao faults. Full catalog tomographic inversion, that represents the stacked image of the volcanic structure or the most permanent features underneath the volcano, shows vertical structures aligned with seismicity beneath the main crater. We hypothesize that these structures correspond to a system of ducts or fractures through which magma and fluid phases flow up from deeper levels toward the top and related with the intersection of the surface traces of the Silvia-Pijao and Buesaco faults.
Sheridan, Michael F.; Cordoba, Gustavo
Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration in Volcanic Risk Mitigation at Galeras Volcano, Colombia; Pasto, Colombia, 6-11 July 2009; Galeras volcano, located in southwestern Colombia, imposes several hazards on the surrounding population: pyroclastic flows, lahars, ashfall, and shock waves. The current hazard map shows three zones: high, medium, and low (see A. D. Hurtado Artunduaga and G. P. CortÃ©s JimÃ©nez, J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 77, 89-100, 1997). The pyroclastic flow hazard on this map defines the Zone of High Volcanic Hazard (ZAVA) for civil authorities. Current activity of Galeras has provoked two contentious issues related to hazard management: (1) Decision makers announce an evacuation order of ZAVA whenever the volcanic alert reaches a high level, and (2) the Colombian government initiated a relocation program for the inhabitants within ZAVA (Colombian Decrees-Laws 4106 and 3905). However, communities within ZAVA refuse to obey both the evacuation orders and the relocation process. To help resolve this situation, the University of NariÃ±o (Colombia) and the State University of New York at Buffalo organized a workshop, which was sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation. A daily average of 92 people attended, including residents of ZAVA, decision makers, Colombian technical and scientific personnel, international scientists and researchers, students, and academics from the University of NariÃ±o.
Fernando, Gil JosÃ©; Cotes, JosÃ© Miguel; MarÃn, Mauricio
In Colombia, potato crops are affected by a wide variety of viruses such as PVY, PLRV, PVX, PMTV and PVS. Unfortunately, there are very few studies on the biology, distribution and pathogenicity of these viruses; this situation is even worse for the latent virus PVS. In this work, we evaluated the presence ofPVS in four Colombian provinces (Antioquia, BoyacÃ¡, Cundinamarca, NariÃ±o) by the use of ELISA. We also studied the degree of molecular variation by sequence comparison of a segment of the gene encoding for the viral coat protein. In average, PVS was detected in 40% of 320 analyzed samples of potato leaves; the highest levels were observed in the East ofAntioquia (49%) and Pasto (NariÃ±o) (47%), while in the other regions ranged between 35% and 42%. Analysis of sequence revealed the presence of two PVS strains in Colombia: three isolates were associated to PVSo (Ordinary) and twelve belonged to PVSA (Andean). A high diversity was observed among PVSA strains with percent identities in the range of 88-99%. These findings highlight the importance of strengthening seed certification programs and quarantine measures in Colombia for viruses like PVS, which can cause losses of up to 20% in potato crops and even higher in mixed virus infection. PMID:23885575
CortÃ©s J, Gloria Patricia; Raigosa A, Jaime
The current period of re-activation since 1988 at Galeras volcano, Colombia, has been characterized mainly by the following events: (1) a semi-continuous series of Vulcanian eruptions during 5-9 May 1989; (2) emplacement of an andesitic lava dome at the bottom of the main crater in October-November 1991; (3) six vulcanian eruptions during 1992-1993, the first of which destroyed most of the dome on 16 July 1992; and (4) three volcano-tectonic seismic crises in April 1993, November-December 1993 and March 1995. During much of this seven-year period, several small ash and gas emissions also have taken place. The 4-9 May 1989 eruptions originated from the secondary crater El Pinta and deposited ash, lapilli and blocks in the crater area. The 1992-1993 eruptions originated from the main crater and were associated with obstruction of the conduit by magma from dome emplacement in late 1991, causing overpressurization of the system. For the 1992-1993 eruptions, pre-eruptive seismicity, deformation and SO 2 flux all exhibited very low levels. The eruptions were characterized by their sudden initiation, low intensity (VEI = 1), small eruption columns, and small volumes of erupted material. The source of the volcano-tectonic seismic crises is located approximately 3 km north and northeast of the crater. Some of these events were felt in Pasto and other towns located around the volcano, on one occasion causing loss of life, injuries and damage to buildings.
Seidl, Dieter; Hellweg, Margaret
In the past decade several of the ash eruptions at Galeras Volcano, Colombia, have been preceded by tornillos. These unusual tremor wavelets have quasi-sinusoidal waveforms with screw-like envelope profiles and can last up to several minutes. A swarm of tornillos occurred at Galeras Volcano between 8 December 1999 and 12 February 2000. These tornillos appear to be more complex than those previously recorded with the broadband instruments or with the short-period network of the Observatorio VulcanolÃ³gico y SismolÃ³gico in Pasto. They are multichromatic with a varying number of narrow spectral peaks between 1 and 20 Hz. We describe a procedure for parameterizing the tornillo signals in the time and frequency domains to determine signal parameters. In addition to wavelets like the tornillos, the procedure can be applied to random signals such as volcanic tremor. We derive distribution and correlation functions for the signal parameters determined from the swarm. These provide, along with the signal signature, constraints for modelling variations of the source process. From these observations we derive qualitative conclusions about the characteristics of differential equations which describe the underlying processes and excitation mechanisms as forced or self-excited oscillators.
Hellweg, M.; Seidl, D.
In 1993, five of the six ash eruptions at Galeras Volcano, Colombia were preceded by distinctive seismic events, called tornillos. These unusual tremor wavelets have quasi-sinusoidal waveforms with screw-like envelope profiles and can last up to several minutes. Since December 1990, more than 60 of these events have been recorded at Galeras Volcano. As a class, they appear to be more complex than those previously recorded with the broadband instruments or with the shortperiod network of the Observatorio VulcanolÃ³gico y SismolÃ³gico in Pasto. They are multichromatic with a varying number of spectral peaks between 1 and up to 50 Hz. The peaks for frequencies which extend into the coda are extremely narrow, while those present only during the initial excitation are relatively broad. We parameterize the tornillo signals in the time and frequency domains, examining differences in the two classes of spectral peaks, and derive distribution and correlation functions for signal parameters such as frequency, Q, energy, and polarization. We investigate variations in these parameters with regard to ash eruptions during the past 3 years. In addition, we use the parameters along with the signal signature to derive qualitative conclusions about possible underlying processes and excitation mechanisms and to provide constraints for modelling variations of the source process, as, for example, a cavity resonator. For example, the distribution of frequencies for the suite of tornillos appears to be discrete below 6 Hz and a continuum above, as would be expected for a cavity.
MuÃ±oz, F. A.; Calvache, M. L.; Cortes, G. P.; Gomez, D. M.; Narvaez, L.; Ordonez, M.; Ortega, A.; Torres, R.; Silva, B.; Williams, S. N.; Sanders, C. O.; Stix, J.
Galeras, a 4270-m high andesitic stratovolcano in southwestern Colombia near the Ecuadorian border (Figure 1), gradually reawoke in 1988 after more than 40 years of dormancy. In 1991, after a request from the Geological Survey of Colombia (INGEOMIAS) and the National Disaster Prevention Office (ONAD), Galeras was named a âDecade Volcanoâ by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) as part of the United Nations' International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) program. A workshop was held in 1993 to research, monitor, and mitigate the hazards of the volcano.Galeras lies at latitude 1Â°14â§N, longitude 77Â°22â§W (see Figure 2), and its active cone rises about 150 m above the floor of a small summit caldera that is open to the west [Calvache and Williams, 1992]. The active crater is located about 6 km west of Pasto, a city of about 300,000 inhabitants. At least six major Galeras eruptions have been identified during the past 4500 years. These eruptions were mainly vulcanian, with inferred low-altitude eruption columns (<10 km) that produced small-volume pyroclastic flow deposits containing a high proportion of nonjuvenile material and lava flow fragments [Calvache and Williams, 1992]. During the last 500 years, eruptions have been characterized by gas and ash emissions, small lava flows, and explosive eruptions producing pyroclastic flows that have traveled up to 15 km from the crater [Calvache, 1990; Cepeda, 1993].
Demuro, Martina; Arnold, Lee J; Parés, Josep M; Pérez-González, Alfredo; Ortega, Ana I; Arsuaga, Juan L; Bermúdez de Castro, José M; Carbonell, Eudald
The archaeological karstic infill site of Galería Complex, located within the Atapuerca system (Spain), has produced a large faunal and archaeological record (Homo sp. aff. heidelbergensis fossils and Mode II lithic artefacts) belonging to the Middle Pleistocene. Extended-range luminescence dating techniques, namely post-infrared infrared stimulated luminescence (pIR-IR) dating of K-feldspars and thermally transferred optically stimulated luminescence (TT-OSL) dating of individual quartz grains, were applied to fossil-bearing sediments at Galería. The luminescence dating results are in good agreement with published chronologies derived using alternative radiometric dating methods (i.e., ESR and U-series dating of bracketing speleothems and combined ESR/U-series dating of herbivore teeth), as well as biochronology and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions inferred from proxy records (e.g., pollen data). For the majority of samples dated, however, the new luminescence ages are significantly (?50%) younger than previously published polymineral thermoluminescence (TL) chronologies, suggesting that the latter may have overestimated the true burial age of the Galería deposits. The luminescence ages obtained indicate that the top of the basal sterile sands (GIb) at Galería have an age of up to ?370 thousand years (ka), while the lowermost sub-unit containing Mode II Acheulean lithics (base of unit GIIa) was deposited during MIS 9 (mean age?=?313±14 ka; n?=?4). The overlying units GIIb-GIV, which contain the richest archaeopalaeontological remains, were deposited during late MIS 8 or early MIS 7 (?240 ka). Galería Complex may be correlative with other Middle Pleistocene sites from Atapuerca, such as Gran Dolina level TD10 and unit TE19 from Sima del Elefante, but the lowermost archaeological horizons are ?100 ka younger than the hominin-bearing clay breccias at the Sima de los Huesos site. Our results suggest that both pIR-IR and single-grain TT-OSL dating are suitable for resolving Middle Pleistocene chronologies for the Sierra de Atapuerca karstic infill sequences. PMID:25338076
Demuro, Martina; Arnold, Lee J.; ParÃ©s, Josep M.; PÃ©rez-GonzÃ¡lez, Alfredo; Ortega, Ana I.; Arsuaga, Juan L.; BermÃºdez de Castro, JosÃ© M.; Carbonell, Eudald
The archaeological karstic infill site of GalerÃa Complex, located within the Atapuerca system (Spain), has produced a large faunal and archaeological record (Homo sp. aff. heidelbergensis fossils and Mode II lithic artefacts) belonging to the Middle Pleistocene. Extended-range luminescence dating techniques, namely post-infrared infrared stimulated luminescence (pIR-IR) dating of K-feldspars and thermally transferred optically stimulated luminescence (TT-OSL) dating of individual quartz grains, were applied to fossil-bearing sediments at GalerÃa. The luminescence dating results are in good agreement with published chronologies derived using alternative radiometric dating methods (i.e., ESR and U-series dating of bracketing speleothems and combined ESR/U-series dating of herbivore teeth), as well as biochronology and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions inferred from proxy records (e.g., pollen data). For the majority of samples dated, however, the new luminescence ages are significantly (â¼50%) younger than previously published polymineral thermoluminescence (TL) chronologies, suggesting that the latter may have overestimated the true burial age of the GalerÃa deposits. The luminescence ages obtained indicate that the top of the basal sterile sands (GIb) at GalerÃa have an age of up to â¼370 thousand years (ka), while the lowermost sub-unit containing Mode II Acheulean lithics (base of unit GIIa) was deposited during MIS 9 (mean ageâ=â313Â±14 ka; nâ=â4). The overlying units GIIb-GIV, which contain the richest archaeopalaeontological remains, were deposited during late MIS 8 or early MIS 7 (â¼240 ka). GalerÃa Complex may be correlative with other Middle Pleistocene sites from Atapuerca, such as Gran Dolina level TD10 and unit TE19 from Sima del Elefante, but the lowermost archaeological horizons are â¼100 ka younger than the hominin-bearing clay breccias at the Sima de los Huesos site. Our results suggest that both pIR-IR and single-grain TT-OSL dating are suitable for resolving Middle Pleistocene chronologies for the Sierra de Atapuerca karstic infill sequences. PMID:25338076
RodrÃguez, J.; Burjachs, F.; Cuenca-BescÃ³s, G.; GarcÃa, N.; Van der Made, J.; PÃ©rez GonzÃ¡lez, A.; Blain, H.-A.; ExpÃ³sito, I.; LÃ³pez-GarcÃa, J. M.; GarcÃa AntÃ³n, M.; AlluÃ©, E.; CÃ¡ceres, I.; Huguet, R.; Mosquera, M.; OllÃ©, A.; Rosell, J.; ParÃ©s, J. M.; RodrÃguez, X. P.; DÃez, C.; Rofes, J.; Sala, R.; SaladiÃ©, P.; VallverdÃº, J.; Bennasar, M. L.; Blasco, R.; BermÃºdez de Castro, J. M.; Carbonell, E.
The present paper analyses the evidence provided by three sites (Sima del Elefante, Gran Dolina, and GalerÃa) located in the Trinchera del Ferrocarril of the Sierra de Atapuerca. These three sites are cave infillings that contain sediments deposited from approximately 1.2 Ma to 200 kyr. Pollen, herpetofauna, and small and large mammal remains are used as proxies to obtain a general picture of the environmental changes that occurred at the Sierra de Atapuerca throughout the one million-year period represented at these sites. Similarly, cultural changes are tracked analyzing the evidence of human behavior obtained from the study of several bone and lithic assemblages from these three sites. At least three periods with different cultural features, involving technology, subsistence and behavior, are determined from the available evidence. The first two periods correspond to the Mode 1 technology and Homo antecessor: the first is dated around 1.2 to 1.0 Ma and reflects opportunistic behavior both in technology and subsistence. The second period is around 800 kyr BP. Mode 1 technology is still maintained, but subsistence strategies include systematic hunting and the use of base camps. The third period is dated between 500 ka and 200 ka and corresponds to the Mode 2 technology and the acquisition of directional hunting and other organizational strategies by Homo heidelbergensis. A transition from Mode 2 to Mode 3 seems to appear at the end of this time-range, and may reflect the early phases of a fourth cultural change. With regard to the environment, our main conclusion is that there was an absence of extremely harsh conditions at Atapuerca throughout this time period. The presence of Mediterranean taxa was constant and the dominant landscape was a savannah-like open environment, probably with small forest patches. An alternation of Mediterranean and mesic species as the dominant component of the tree storey was induced by the climatic cycles, and steppes spread across the landscape during the drier periods. In any case, it is not possible to establish clear cut-off points separating entirely different environmental episodes. Our results show no evidence of any relationship between environmental change and cultural change at the Sierra de Atapuerca.
Bermúdez de Castro, José María; Martinón-Torres, María; Blasco, Ruth; Rosell, Jordi; Carbonell, Eudald
The nature, timing, pattern, favourable circumstances and impediments of the human occupation of the European continent during the Early Pleistocene are hot topics in Quaternary studies. In particular, the problem of the (dis) continuity of the settlement of Europe in this period is an important matter of discussion, which has been approached in the last decade from different points of view. The Gran Dolina (TD) and Sima del Elefante (TE) cave sites in the Sierra de Atapuerca, (Spain) include large and quasi-continuous stratigraphic sequences that stretch back from at least 1.2 million years ago (Ma) to the Matuyama/Brunhes boundary. The archaeological and paleontological record from these sites can help to test different hypotheses about the character of the human settlement in this region and period. Furthermore, the TD6 level has yielded a large collection of human fossil remains attributed to Homo antecessor. According to different geochronological methods, as well as to paleomagnetic and biostratigraphical analyses, these hominins belong to an age range of 0.96-0.80 Ma. Unfortunately, the finding in 2007 of some human fossil remains in the TE9 level, dated to about 1.22 Ma, was not enough to conclude whether H. antecessor had deep roots in the European Early Pleistocene. A set of derived features of H. antecessor shared with both the Neanderthal lineage and modern humans suggests that this species is related, and not far, from the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens. If we assume that there was a lineal biological relationship between the TE9 and TD6 hominins, we should reconsider many of the conclusions achieved in previous paleontological and genetic studies. In addition, we would be obliged to build a highly complicated paleogeographical scenario for the origin of the MRCA. Although continuity in the settlement of Europe during the entire late Early Pleistocene is not discarded (e.g. in refuge areas), it seems that this Western extreme of Eurasia, and the Iberian Peninsula in particular, was occupied by at least two different hominin populations.
Faber, E.; MorÃ¡n, C.; Poggenburg, J.; GarzÃ³n, G.; Teschner, M.; Weinlich, F. H.
(1) Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Hannover, Germany (firstname.lastname@example.org), (2) Instituto de InvestigaciÃ³n en Geocientifica, Mineroambiental y Nuclear - INGEOMINAS, San Juan de Pasto, Colombia (3) Instituto de InvestigaciÃ³n en Geocientifica, Mineroambiental y Nuclear - INGEOMINAS, Manizales, Colombia A gas monitoring system has been installed on the volcano Galeras in Colombia as part of a multi-parameter station. Gases are extracted from the fumarolic vapour through a short pipe. After the water has been condensed the gas passes over sensors for carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and radon. Other parameters measured are temperature of the fumarolic vapour, fumarolic pressure, temperature of the ambient air and the ambient atmospheric pressure. The signals of the sensors are digitised in the electronics. The digital data are transmitted every 6 seconds by a telemetry system to the observatory down in the city of Pasto via a repeater station at the rim of the Galeras. The system at the volcano is powered by batteries connected to solar panels. Data are stored in the observatory, they are plotted and compared with all the other information of the multi-parameter station. Although the various compounds of the gas system are well preserved for the very aggressive environment close to the fumarole some problems still remain: Sulphur often plugs the pipe to the sensors and requires maintenance more often than desired. As the volcano is most of the time in clouds the installed solar power system (about 400 Watts maximum power) does not enable to run the system at the fumarole (consumption about 15 Watts) continuously during all nights. Despite these still existing problems some results have been obtained encouraging us to continue the operation of the system, to further develop the technical quality and to increase the number of fumaroles included into a growing monitoring network. In March 2000 seismic activity in the crater increased accompanied by a small eruption. Several hours before the eruption occurred the usually high CO2-concentration of the fumarolic gas was no longer constant as before but started to oscillate. It continued to oscillate until the seismic events started. Then the CO2-concentration as well as the radon counts decreased and the pressure of the fumarolic vapour increased. Some hours later the seismic activity ceased and the CO2 and radon readings increased again. From other observations it is suggested that meteorological parameters like wind direction and wind speed at the volcano do influence the pressure and flow regime in the conduits of the fumarole. The observations made so far are important to improve the understanding of processes within the volcano. However, more âeventsâ have to be waited for during the coming years before processes in the volcano can be modelled.
The increasing seismic activity in the area of the Chiles - Cerro Negro volcanic complex, located on the Ecuador-Colombian border, has been jointly monitored by the Instituto Geofisico - Ecuador and the Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico de Pasto (OVSP), a division of the Servicio Geologico Colombiano. Since April 2013, three seismic swarms have been detected in this area, and more than 400.000 events have been recorded since November 2013. The largest and most recent swarm has a daily average of 3894 events between March and the 12th of December 2014. Currently a seismic network of 13 short- and broad-band stations (5 Colombian, 8 Ecuadorian) was deployed in this area. High quality epicenters of seismic events with magnitudes Ml>2.0, RMS<0.75 s, Gap < 180Â° and 10 or more phases are located in an area 1-4 km south of Chiles volcano with shallow depths (up to 14 km). Most events have magnitudes between 1.0 to 4.0. Fifteen events have magnitudes larger than 4.0 including an event that occurred on October 20, 2014. This event had a local magnitude of 5.7 and an oblique (strike-slip with some thrusting) focal mechanism. Waveforms and spectral patterns define these events as volcano-tectonic. However, events with moderate to large magnitudes (above 3.0) contain pronounced very-long-period components. Position time series recorded by a dual-frequency GPS receiver at the SE flank of Chiles show a slight departure from the normal tectonic trend beginning with the appearance of the last seismic swarm on or around September 30, 2014. This trend is subsequently punctuated by a sharp deformation transient related to the coseismic displacement of the October 20 event. After more than a year of very anomalous seismic activity and concurrent minor deformation, no evidence of surficial volcanic activity has been documented.
Ibarra, Adriana; Restrepo, Tomás; Rojas, Winston; Castillo, Adriana; Amorim, António; Martínez, Beatriz; Burgos, German; Ostos, Henry; Álvarez, Karen; Camacho, Mauricio; Suarez, Zuleyma; Pereira, Rui; Gusmão, Leonor
The European and African contribution to the pre-existing Native American background has influenced the complex genetic pool of Colombia. Because colonisation was not homogeneous in this country, current populations are, therefore, expected to have different proportions of Native American, European and African ancestral contributions. The aim of this work was to examine 11 urban admixed populations and a Native American group, called Pastos, for 32 X chromosome indel markers to expand the current knowledge concerning the genetic background of Colombia. The results revealed a highly diverse genetic background comprising all admixed populations, harbouring important X chromosome contributions from all continental source populations. In addition, Colombia is genetically sub-structured, with different proportions of European and African influxes depending on the regions. The samples from the North Pacific and Caribbean coasts have a high African ancestry, showing the highest levels of diversity. The sample from the South Andean region showed the lowest diversity and significantly higher proportion of Native American ancestry than the other samples from the North Pacific and Caribbean coasts, Central-West and Central-East Andean regions, and the Orinoquian region. The results of admixture analysis using X-chromosomal markers suggest that the high proportion of African ancestry in the North Pacific coast was primarily male driven. These men have joined to females with higher Native American and European ancestry (likely resulting from a classic colonial asymmetric mating type: European male x Amerindian female). This high proportion of male-mediated African contributions is atypical of colonial settings, suggesting that the admixture occurred during a period when African people were no longer enslaved. In the remaining regions, the African contribution was primarily female-mediated, whereas the European counterpart was primarily male driven and the Native American ancestry contribution was not gender biased. PMID:24498042
Ibarra, Adriana; Freire-Aradas, Ana; MartÃnez, Martha; Fondevila, Manuel; Burgos, German; Camacho, Mauricio; Ostos, Henry; Suarez, Zuleyma; Carracedo, Angel; Santos, Sidney; GusmÃ£o, Leonor
Various strategies for analysing SNP markers and genotyping have been published with the goal of obtaining informative profiles from biological samples that contain only small amounts of template and/or degraded DNA. In this study, a multiplex assay of 52 autosomal single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) was used to analyse 438 individuals from urban populations from different regions of Colombia, as well as a sample of 50 Native American individuals of the Pastos ethnic group from NariÃ±o. To determine if significant differences in these 52 SNPs exist between the distinct regions of Colombia, genetic distance and admixture analyses were performed based on the available data for 17 different Colombian population groups and for population groups from Africa, Europe and America. The results demonstrate significant differences between the populations from the Southwest Andean, Central-West Andean, Central-East Andean, Orinoquian and northern Colombian Pacific Coast regions. Most of the regions exhibited a European and Native American admixture. One exception is the population from the region of ChocÃ³ (on the northern Pacific Coast), which exhibits a high proportion of African admixture (54Â %). From the observed genetic backgrounds, it is possible to conclude that a single reference database for the entire country would not be suitable for forensic purposes. The allele frequencies and the forensically relevant parameters were calculated for all of the markers in each Colombian region with significant values for the combined matching probability (power of discrimination â¥0.99999999999999990) and the combined probability of exclusion (â¥0.9990) in trios that were obtained from all of the population groups. PMID:23665814
Nakada, S.; Noguchi, S.; Cortes, G. P.; Calvache, M. L.
On-going volcanic activity at Galeras began in 1988, and major explosive eruption events occurred in 1993. Long- period seismic events had occurred before these events. In late 2004, explosive eruptive events resumed and intermittently continued by the present. Long-period events similar to those before the 1993 explosive eruptive events have been observed since early 2006. Evaluating potential of more explosive future eruptions becomes very important to minimize volcanic disasters in cities and towns around this volcano, including the city of Pasto. Investigation of temporal changes in petrological characteristics of eruption products makes us possible to understand the magma system undergone at Galeras. Whether has it changed (or developed) from the 1993 explosive events or not? Ballistics and scoria of vulcanian explosions during 2004-2006 and of the 1991 eruption were investigated in this paper. Rocks are two pyroxene andesite with various crystallinity in groundmass. Small amount of hornblende and olivine microphenocrsyts are involved. The whole rock chemistry hardly changed with time. Lines of petrological evidence suggest that magma mixing occurred throughout the eruption products during 1991-2006; 1) bimodal populations in core compositions of plagioclase phenocrysts, 2) plagioclase microlites with the composition between the two polulations, 3) plagioclase phenocrysts rims more enriched in Fe, and 4) reverse zoning of pyroxene phenocrysts that rather show single chemical population. Melt inclusions in pyroxene phenocrysts are slightly less evolved than the groundmass glass, suggesting that most pyroxenes were derived from felsic magma. These suggest mixing of low-temperature hydrous felsic magma with high-temperature anhydrous (pyroxene-free) mafic magma. Similarity in the petrographical characteristics and temperatures with the pyroxene geothermometry among all the samples shows that nearly constant mixing processes has been operated throughout the recent eruption events, including the 1991 eruption.
Gomez, D.; Hellweg, M.; Buttkus, B.; BÃ¶ker, F.; Calvache, M. L.; CortÃ©s, G.; Faber, E.; Gil Cruz, F.; Greinwald, S.; Laverde, C.; NarvÃ¡ez, L.; Ortega, A.; Rademacher, H.; Sandmann, G.; Seidl, D.; Silva, B.; Torres, R.
Following 11 years of relatively low activity, Galeras Volcano (Colombia) produced a sequence of ash eruptions in July and August, 2004. Starting in March 1996, a multiparameter real-time monitoring system was installed at Galeras, as a part of a cooperative program between INGEOMINAS (Colombia) and the BGR (Germany). Broadband seismometers were installed first, with electromagnetic (EM) sensors, sensors for the chemistry and physics of the fumarole gases and a weather station following later. The data from these instruments augment the short-period seismic network and tiltmeters of Observatorio VulcanolÃ³gico de Pasto (OVP). Additional spot measurements are made using visual inspection from the ground or helicopter, a thermal camera and regular geological forays onto Galeras' slopes. Initial evidence of the activity transition appeared in the gas measurements in early June, followed by a strong increase in the shallow seismic activity below the active cone on June 27. As in many cases at other volcanoes, the most clear evidence for the transition came in the form of seismic swarms and tremor. The current activity has culminated in two brief episodes of ash emission, on July 16 and July 21, followed by two longer episodes, July 27 - August 8, and August 11 - 19. This last episode began with a large explosion and released more ash than any individual episode from 1989 to 1993. Sudden deformation, as well as changes in the electric and magnetic fields at the crater EM station, and the gas parameters such as CO2 concentration and fumarole temperature accompanied the ash emissions on July 16 and July 21. Unfortunately, the EM and gas instruments were lost to ashfall shortly afterward. As of the writing of this abstract, the ash emissions continue intermittantly.
Hellweg, M.; Seidl, D.
In the past decade several of the ash eruptions at Galeras volcano (Colombia) have been preceded by tornillos. These unusual seismic events of unknown origin have screw-like profiles on seismograms and can last up to several minutes. Since 1997, a joint project between the Bundesanstalt fÃ¼r Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) and the Instituto de InvestigaciÃ³n e InformaciÃ³n GeocientÃfica, Minero-Ambiental y Nuclear (INGEOMINAS) has supplemented the shortperiod network of the Observatorio VulcanolÃ³gico de Pasto with four broadband, three-component seismometer stations, continuous fumarole gas chemistry measurments, electromagnetic sensors, an infrasound sensor and weather observations in the hopes to learn more about the physical or chemical process which generates tornillos and their significance in the sequence leading to ash explosions. The events of a suite of tornillos which occurred at Galeras Volcano between 08 December 1999 and 11 February 2000 were recorded well at the crater rim broadband stations, ANG and ACH. They appear to be more complex than many of the tornillos recorded previously. They are multichromatic, having narrow spectral peaks at up to 9 frequencies. Some peaks last throughout the entire tornillo, others only contribute to the turn-on transient. We compare polarization, frequency, amplitudes and decay measured from this suite of tornillos in each frequency band at the stations ANG and ACH. They indicate a single source location for all these tornillos. While other parameters correlate well at both stations, the amplitude of the 1.9 Hz peak is nearly twice as large at ACH than at ANG. This may indicate a distinct radiation pattern at this frequency. While none of these observations gives us a clear picture of the source process of tornillos, they provide additional puzzle pieces we can add those collected from other measurements.
This radar image of the area surrounding the Galeras volcano in southern Colombia shows the ability of a multi-frequency radar to map volcanic structures that can be dangerous to study on the ground. Galeras has erupted more than 20 times since the area was first visited by European explorers in the 1500s. Volcanic activity levels have been high in the last five years, including an eruption in January 1993 that killed nine people on a scientific expedition to the volcano summit. Galeras is the light green area near the center of the image. The active cone, with a small summit pit, is the red feature nestled against the lower right edge of the caldera (crater) wall. The city of Pasto, with a population of 300,000, is shown in orange near the bottom of the image, just 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the volcano. The image was acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/ X-SAR) aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on its 96th orbit on April 15, 1994. North is toward the upper right. The area shown is 49.1 by 36.0 kilometers (30.5 by 22.3 miles), centered at 1.2 degrees north latitude and 77.4 degrees west longitude. The radar illumination is from the top of the image. The false colors in this image were created using the following radar channels: red represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted and received); green represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted, vertically received); blue represents the C-band (horizontally transmitted, vertically received). Galeras is one of 15 volcanoes worldwide that are being monitored by the scientific community as an 'International Decade Volcano' because of the hazard that it represents to the local population.
Vodniza, Alberto Quijano; Pereira, Mario Rojas
The Asteroid â2015 KA122â was discovered on May 25/2015 by the Catalina Sky Survey. This object is not well known. Its absolute magnitude, of 23.2, indicates a diameter of about 70 meters. The asteroid was at aproximately 3.3 lunar distances from the Earth, on June 6/2015. It has an orbital period of 2.11 years. From our Observatory, located in Pasto-Colombia, we captured several pictures, videos and astrometry data during three days. Our data was published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) and also appears at the web page of NEODyS. Our observatoryâs code at the MPC is âH78â. Pictures of the asteroid were captured with the following equipment: 14â LX200 GPS MEADE (f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope) and STL-1001 SBIG camera. Astrometry was carried out, and we calculated the orbital elements. We obtained the following orbital parameters: eccentricity = 0.4089630 +/- 0.00189, semi-major axis = 1.64254884 +/- 0.00505 A.U, orbital inclination = 12.68490 +/- 0.039 deg, longitude of the ascending node = 73.14715 +/- 0.0013 deg, argument of perihelion = 214.82393 +/- 0.007 deg, orbital period = 2.11 years (768.90 days), mean motion = 0.46819485 +/- 0.00216 deg/d, perihelion distance = 0.97080706 +/- 0.000119 A.U, aphelion distance = 2.31429061 +/- 0.0103 A.U. The parameters were calculated based on 81 observations (2015 June 3-5) with mean residual = 0.343 arcseconds. Our videos appear in the following links:http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=113197http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=113238&PHPSESSID=f2lkigjogsfgcmi1rscc9jil36http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=113257
Vanthomme, Hadrien; Kolowski, Joseph; Korte, Lisa; Alonso, Alfonso
Abstract We present the first community-level study of the associations of both roads and other human disturbances with the distribution of mammals in Gabon (central Africa). Our study site was in an oil concession within a littoral mosaic landscape. We conducted surveys along 199 line transects and installed camera traps on 99 of these transects to document mammal presence and abundance. We used generalized linear mixed-effect models to document associations between variables related to the ecosystem (land cover, topography, and hydrology), roads (coating, width of rights of way, condition, type of vehicle used on the road, traffic level, affiliation of users, and general type of road), and other human disturbances (urbanization, agriculture, hunting, logging, gathering, and industrial activities) and the abundance or presence of 17 species or groups of mammals including elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei), red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus), smaller ungulates, gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), side-striped jackal (Canis adustus), carnivores, monkeys, and large rodents. Some types of roads and other human disturbances were negatively associated with the abundance or presence of elephants, buffalos, gorillas, sitatungas, some monkeys, and duikers. The pattern of associations of mammals with roads and other human disturbances was diverse and included positive associations with road presence (red river hog, some monkeys, and duikers), agriculture (sitatunga, small carnivores, and large rodents) and industrial activities (sitatunga, red river hog, red duikers, and side-striped jackal). Our results suggest that the community of mammals we studied was mostly affected by hunting, agriculture, and urbanization, which are facilitated by road presence. We recommend increased regulation of agriculture, hunting, and road building in the area. DistribuciÃ³n de una Comunidad de MamÃferos en RelaciÃ³n a Carreteras y Otras Perturbaciones Humanas en GabÃ³n, Africa Central Resumen Presentamos el primer estudio a nivel de comunidad de la relaciÃ³n entre carreteras y otras perturbaciones humanas con la distribuciÃ³n de mamÃferos en GabÃ³n (Ãfrica central). Nuestro sitio de estudio estÃ¡ dentro de una concesiÃ³n petrolera en un paisaje litoral heterogÃ©neo. Realizamos muestreos a lo largo de 199 transectos lineales e instalamos cÃ¡maras trampa en 99 de ellos para documentar la presencia y abundancia de mamÃferos. Utilizamos modelos lineales generalizados con efectos mixtos para documentar las asociaciones entre variables relacionadas con el ecosistema (cobertura de suelo, topografÃa e hidrologÃa), carreteras (tipo de revestimiento, ancho de derecho de vÃa, condiciÃ³n, tipo de vehÃculos que utilizan la carretera, nivel de trÃ¡fico, afiliaciÃ³n de los usuarios y el tipo general de carretera) y otras perturbaciones humanas (urbanizaciÃ³n, agricultura, caza, tala, recolecta y actividades industriales) y la abundancia o presencia de 17 especies o grupos de mamÃferos incluyendo elefantes (Loxodonta cyclotis), bÃºfalo (Syncerus caffer), sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei), cerdo rojo de rÃo (Potomochoerus porcus), ungulados pequeÃ±os, gorila (Gorilla gorilla), chimpancÃ© (Pan troglodytes), chacal con rayas a los lados (Canis adustus), carnÃvoros, monos y roedores de talla grande. Ciertos tipos de carreteras y otras perturbaciones humanas estuvieron asociadas negativamente con la abundancia o presencia de elefantes, bÃºfalos, gorilas, sitatungas, algunos monos y antÃlopes. Los patrones de asociaciÃ³n de mamÃferos con carreteras y otras perturbaciones humanas fueron diversos e incluyen asociaciones positivas con la presencia de carreteras (cerdo rojo de rÃo, algunos monos y antÃlopes), agricultura (sitatunga, carnÃvoros pequeÃ±os y roedores de talla grande) y actividades industriales (sitatunga, cerdo rojo de rÃo, antÃlope rojo y chacal con rayas a los lados). Nuestros resultados sugieren que la comunidad de mamÃferos que estudiamos fue afectada principalmente por la caza, agricultura y urbanizaciÃ³n, que son facilitadas por la presencia de carreteras. Recomendamos una mayor regulaciÃ³n de la agricultura, caza y construcciÃ³n de carreteras en el Ã¡rea. PMID:23410077
Vodniza, Alberto Q.; Pereira, M. R.; Arecibo Observatory Team; JPL Target Asteroids Team
This big asteroid was at 5.8 millions of kilometers from the Earth on May 31 (2013) and it has a diameter of 2.7 km. The radar images obtained by JPL showed that the period of rotation around its axis is close to five hours. Hills. K (2013) reported that the period is of 5.281 +/- 0.002 hours. On June 4 the team of Goldstone-Arecibo found a period of 4.75 +/- 0.01 hours. We also contributed with the light and phase curves to estimate the period by means of the telescope (with red filter). The radar imagery (JPL and Arecibo) revealed that 1998 QE2 has a moon, and we captured a mutual event (eclipse). From our Observatory, located in Pasto-Colombia, we captured several pictures, videos and astrometry data during several days. Our data was published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) and also appears at the web page of NEODyS. The pictures of the asteroid were captured with the following equipment: CGE PRO 1400 CELESTRON (f/11 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope) and STL-1001 SBIG camera. We obtained the light curve of the body. Astrometry was carried out, and we calculated the orbital elements. We obtained the following orbital parameters: eccentricity = 0.5692181, semi-major axis = 2.41104631 A.U, orbital inclination = 12.82771 deg, longitude of the ascending node = 250.16876 deg, argument of perihelion = 345.61328 deg, mean motion = 0.26326658 deg/d, perihelion distance = 1.03863508 A.U, aphelion distance = 3.78345755 A.U. The asteroid has an orbital period of 3.74 years The parameters were calculated based on 191 observations (2013 May: 17-24) with mean residual = 0.162 arcseconds. A video of the asteroid from our Observatory was published on the main page of the âSPACEWEATHERâ web: http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=21&month=05&year=2013 Note: The autors would like to thank to: Dr. Alessondra Springmann (Arecibo Observatory), Dr. Petr Pravec (Czech Republic), Dr. Lance Benner (JPL), Dr. Carl Hergenrother (Target Asteroids Team), and Dr. Dolores Hill (Target Asteroids Team) for their special suggestions.
MartÃn-Sotoca, Juan J.; Saa-Requejo, Antonio; DÃaz-Ambrona, Carlos G. H.; Tarquis, Ana M.
The severity of drought has many implications for society, including its impacts on the water supply, water pollution, reservoir management and ecosystem. However, its impacts on rain-fed agriculture are especially direct. Because of the importance of drought, there have been many attempts to characterize its severity, resulting in the numerous drought indices that have been developed (Niemeyer 2008). 'Biomass index' based on satellite image derived Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) has been used in countries like United States of America, Canada and Spain for pasture and forage crops for some years (Rao, 2010). This type of agricultural insurance is named as 'index-based insurance' (IBI). IBI is perceived to be substantially less costly to operate and manage than multiple peril insurance. IBI contracts pay indemnities based not on the actual yield (or revenue) losses experienced by the insurance purchaser but rather based on realized NDVI values (historical data) that is correlated with farm-level losses (Xiaohui Deng et al., 2008). Definition of when drought event occurs is defined on NDVI threshold values mainly based in statistical parameters, average and standard deviation that characterize a normal distribution. In this work a pasture area at the north of Community of Madrid (Spain) has been delimited. Then, NDVI historical data was reconstructed based on remote sensing imaging MODIS, with 500x500m2 resolution. A statistical analysis of the NDVI histograms at consecutives 46 intervals of that area was applied to search for the best statistical distribution based on the maximum likelihood criteria. The results show that the normal distribution is not the optimal representation when IBI is available; the implications in the context of crop insurance are discussed (MartÃn-Sotoca, 2014). References Kolli N Rao. 2010. Index based Crop Insurance. Agriculture and Agricultural Science Procedia 1, 193-203. MartÃn-Sotoca, J.J. (2014) Estructura Espacial de la SequÃa en Pastos y sus Aplicaciones en el Seguro Agrario. Master Thesis, UPM (In Spanish). Niemeyer, S., 2008: New drought indices. First Int. Conf. on Drought Management: Scientific and Technological Innovations, Zaragoza, Spain, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. [Available online at http://www.iamz.ciheam.org/medroplan/zaragoza2008/Sequia2008/Session3/S.Niemeyer.pdf.] Xiaohui Deng, Barry J. Barnett, Gerrit Hoogenboom, Yingzhuo Yu and Axel Garcia y Garcia 2008. Alternative Crop Insurance Indexes. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 40(1), 223-237. Acknowledgements First author acknowledges the Research Grant obtained from CEIGRAM in 2014
Vodniza, Alberto Q.; Pereira, M. R.
The asteroid 2000 ET70 (162421) was discovered by Lincoln Laboratory ETS (LINEAR) in New Mexico on March 8, 2000. Whiteley (2001) classified 2000 ET70 as an X-type object: This asteroid belongs to an ambiguous group that includes objects that are large and dark, metallic.The composition of this asteroid is unknown.The asteroid was at 0.0454430 U.A from the Earth on February 19.85956 (2012) and it will be at approximately 0.1503270 A.U from the Earth on August 21.07061 (2012).The asteroid 2000 ET70 was studied by radar in Arecibo and Goldstone. Shantanu Naidu and Jean-Luc Margot studied this object by Arecibo radar (Feb 13-2012) and they suggest that 2000 ET70 is roughly 1.5 km in diameter and that it has a period of rotation of about 9.5 hours. It has an orbital period of 0.92 years.From our Observatory, located in Pasto-Colombia, we captured several pictures, videos and astrometry data during three days. Our data was published by the Minor Planet Center (MPC) and also appears at the web page of NEODyS. Our observatoryâs code at the MPC is âH78â. Pictures of the asteroid were captured with the following equipment: 14â LX200 GPS MEADE (f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope) and STL-1001 SBIG camera.Astrometry was carried out, and we calculated the orbital elements. We obtained the following orbital parameters: eccentricity = 0.1243231, semi-major axis = 0.94541495 A.U, orbital inclination = 22.32919 deg, longitude of the ascending node = 331.05007 deg, argument of perihelion = 45.20913 deg, orbital period = 0.92 years (335.76 days), mean motion = 1.07218658 deg/d, perihelion distance = 0.82787796 A.U, aphelion distance = 1.06295195 A.U. The parameters were calculated based on 71 observations (2012 Mar. 1-7) with mean residual = 0.262 arcseconds.
Sotoca, Juan J. Martin; Saa-Requejo, Antonio; Borondo, Javier; Tarquis, Ana M.
Agricultural drought quantification is one of the most important tasks in the characterization process of this natural hazard and its implications in crop insurance. Recently, several vegetation indexes based on remote-sensing data (VI) has been applied to quantify it (Dalezios et al, 2012). VIs are obtained combining several frequency bands that represent the relationship between photosynthesis and absorbed/reflected radiation. The most widely used VI is the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). It is based on the principle that healthy vegetation mainly absorbs visible light and reflects the near-infrared frequency band. Drought can be highly localized, and several authors have recognized the critical role of soil moisture and its spatial variability in agricultural losses (Anderson et al., 2011). Therefore, it is important to delimit locations within a homogeneous area that will share main NDVI statistics and in which the same threshold value can be applied to define drought event. In order to do so, we have applied for the first time in this context the method of singularity maps (Cheng and Agterberg, 1996) commonly used in localization of mineral deposits. The NDVI singularity maps calculated in each season through 2011/2012 are showed and discussed (MartÃn-Sotoca, 2014). References Anderson, M:C:, C. R. Hain, B. Wardlow, J. R. Mecikalski and W. P. Kustas (2011) Evaluation of drought indices based on thermal remote sensing of evapotranspiration over the continental United States. J. Climate, 24, 2025-2044. Dalezios, N.R., A. Blanta, N.V. Spyropoulos and A.M. Tarquis (2012) Risk identification of agricultural drought for sustainable Agroecosystems. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 2435-2448. Cheng, Q. and F.P. Agterberg (1996) Multifractal modeling and spatial statistics. Math. Geol., 28, 1-16. MartÃn-Sotoca, J.J. (2014) Estructura Espacial de la SequÃa en Pastos y sus Aplicaciones en el Seguro Agrario. Master Thesis, UPM (In Spanish). Acknowledgements First author acknowledges the Research Grant obtained from CEIGRAM in 2014
Escribano, Juan A.; DÃaz-Ambrona, Carlos G. H.; Recuero, Laura; Huesca, Margarita; Cicuendez, Victor; Palacios, Alicia; Tarquis, Ana M.
The Iberian pig valued natural resources of the pasture when fattened in mountain. The variability of acorn production is not contained in any line of Spanish agricultural insurance. However, the production of arable pasture is covered by line insurance number 133 for loss of pasture compensation. This scenario is only contemplated for breeding cows and brave bulls, sheep, goats and horses, although pigs are not included. This insurance is established by monitoring ten-day composites Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) measured by satellite over treeless pastures, using MODIS TERRA satellite. The aim of this work is to check if we can use a satellite vegetation index to estimate the production of acorns. In order to do so, two Spanish grassland locations have been analyzed: regions of Olivenza (Jerez-Oliva) and Merida (Badajoz). The acorns production was evaluated through 2002-2005 gauging conducted by the Grupo Habitat de la Orden (Badajoz). Medium resolution (500x500 m2) MODIS images were used during the same time period to estimate the ten-day composites NDVI at these locations. Finally, meteorological data was obtained from SIAR and MAGRAMA network stations, calculating the ten-day averaged temperature and ten day accumulated precipitation. Considering two accumulated factors, NDVI and temperature, three phenological stages were well defined being the second one which pointed differences among campaigns. Then, accumulated precipitation versus accumulated NDVI was plot for this second phenological stage obtaining maximum differences at 300 mm of cumulative rainfall. Analyzing acorn production with accumulated NDVI in that moment a production function was obtained with a correlation coefficient of 0.71. These results will be discussed in detail. References J.A. Escribano, C.G.H. Diaz-Ambrona, L. Recuero, M. Huesca, V. Cicuendez, A. Palacios-Orueta y A.M. Tarquis. Aplicacion de Indices de Vegetacion para evaluar la falta de produccion de pastos y montaneras en dehesas. I Congreso Iberico de la Dehesa y el Montado. 6-7 Noviembre, 2013, Badajoz. J.A. Escribano Rodriguez, A.M. Tarquis, C.G. Hernandez Diaz-Ambrona. Pasture Drought Insurance Based on NDVI and SAVI. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 14, EGU2012-13945, 2012. EGU General Assembly 2012. Juan Escribano Rodriguez, Carmelo Alonso, Ana Maria Tarquis, Rosa Maria Benito, Carlos Hernandez Diaz-Ambrona. Comparison of NDVI ?elds obtained from different remote sensors. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15, EGU2013-14153, 2013. EGU General Assembly 2013 Acknowledgements. This work was partially supported by ENESA under project P10 0220C-823.
Escribano RodrÃguez, Juan; Tarquis, Ana M.; Saa-Requejo, Antonio; DÃaz-Ambrona, Carlos G. H.
Satellite data are an important source of information and serve as monitoring crops on large scales. There are several indexes, but the most used for monitoring vegetation is NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index), calculated from the spectral bands of red (RED) and near infrared (NIR), obtaining the value according to relationship: [(NIR - RED) / (NIR + RED)]. During the years 2010-2013 monthly monitoring was conducted in three areas of Spain (Salamanca, Caceres and Cordoba). Pasture plots were selected and satellite images of two different sensors, DEIMOS-1 and MODIS were obtained. DEIMOS-1 is based on the concept Microsat-100 from Surrey. It is designed for imaging the Earth with a resolution good enough to study terrestrial vegetation cover (20x20 m), although with a wide range of visual field (600 km) to get those images with high temporal resolution. By contrast, MODIS images present a much lower spatial resolution (500x500 m). Indices obtained from both sensors to the same area and date are compared and the results show r2 = 0.56; r2 = 0.65 and r2 = 0.90 for the areas of Salamanca, CÃ¡ceres and Cordoba respectively. According to the results obtained show that the NDVI obtained by MODIS is slightly larger than that obtained by the sensor for DEIMOS for same time and area. References J.A. Escribano, C.G.H. Diaz-Ambrona, L. Recuero, M. Huesca, V. Cicuendez, A. Palacios-Orueta y A.M. Tarquis. Aplicacion de Indices de Vegetacion para evaluar la falta de produccion de pastos y montaneras en dehesas. I Congreso Iberico de la Dehesa y el Montado. 6-7 Noviembre, 2013, Badajoz. J.A. Escribano Rodriguez, A.M. Tarquis, C.G. Hernandez Diaz-Ambrona. Pasture Drought Insurance Based on NDVI and SAVI. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 14, EGU2012-13945, 2012. EGU General Assembly 2012. Juan Escribano Rodriguez, Carmelo Alonso, Ana Maria Tarquis, Rosa Maria Benito, Carlos Hernandez Diaz-Ambrona. Comparison of NDVI fields obtained from different remote sensors. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15, EGU2013-14153, 2013. EGU General Assembly 2013 Juan Escribano, Carlos G.H. DÃaz-Ambrona, Laura Recuero, Margarita Huesca, Victor Cicuendez, Alicia Palacios, and Ana M. Tarquis. Application of Vegetation Indices to Estimate Acorn Production at Iberian Peninsula. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 16, EGU2014-16428, 2014. EGU General Assembly 2014. Acknowledgements This work was partially supported by ENESA under project P10 0220C-823
Seidl, Dieter; Hellweg, Margaret; Calvache, Marta; Gomez, Diego; Ortega, Adriana; Torres, Roberto; BÃ¶ker, Franz; Buttkus, Burkhard; Faber, Eckhard; Greinwald, Siegfried
Volcanoes are complex systems, in which the interaction of many different physical and chemical factors and processes contribute to changes in activity. In the past 40 years, our ability to observe and quantify short-term changes in a volcano's activity has improved due to the installation of seismometers and tiltmeters and the continuous records they provide. However, due to instrumental limitations, the observations have mainly been used phenomenologically, to draw inferences about possible changes on the basis of previous experience. Since 1995, the Bundesanstalt fÃ¼r Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR) and the Instituto de InvestigaciÃ³n e InformaciÃ³n GeocientÄ±Â´fica, Minero-Ambiental y Nuclear (INGEOMINAS) have been working to develop and deploy a multiparameter (MP) station on Galeras Volcano, Colombia. This station is designed to concurrently measure various geophysical and geochemical parameters. It includes three broadband seismometers at the crater rim, as well as a more remotely located, broadband seismic reference. At other locations in the crater or on the rim, electromagnetic probes, an infrasound sensor and a weather station are operating. The data from these sensors are digitized at each site with 24-bit digitizers and transmitted by spread-spectrum radio, via repeater when necessary, to the Observatorio VulcanolÃ³gico y SismolÃ³gico (OVP) in the city of Pasto. There they are received and displayed on a networked personal computer and recorded continuously. The data flow into the routine analysis procedures of the OVP and the continuous data are archived on CD. In addition to the other sensors, a system of specially developed sensors continuously monitors the chemistry and physics of the gases at fumaroles on the active cone. The data from this system are also transmitted in realtime to OVP and recorded. The continuous recordings of the MP station are supplemented by regular thermographic measurements of the surface temperature in the crater using an infrared camera. Joint analysis and interpretation of the data streams from the many sensors of the MP station will improve our understanding of the physical processes occurring in Galeras Volcano.
NarvÃ¡ez M, Lourdes; Torres C, Roberto A.; GÃ³mez M, Diego M.; CortÃ©s J, Gloria Patricia; Cepeda V, HÃ©ctor; Stix, John
Unusual low-frequency seismic events, called 'tornillos' ('screws') at the Observatorio VulcanolÃ³gico y SismolÃ³gico de Pasto (OVSP), have been observed at Galeras volcano during 1992-1993. Of six eruptions that occurred between July 1992 and June 1993, five were preceded by episodes of tornillo signals. These signals are characterized by (1) a waveform having a homogeneous distribution of frequencies, (2) a long coda lasting up to several minutes, (3) a small amplitude compared to the duration, and (4) a slow decay of the coda. The tornillo signals have been grouped into thirteen principal forms. The 1992-1993 tornillos showed four main periods of occurrence, each of which was followed by an eruption. Episode I occurred from 11 to 16 July 1992 and consisted of nine events. Episode II lasted from 23 December 1992 to 14 January 1993, with twenty events. Episode III was observed from 13 February to 23 March 1993, with 74 events. Episode IV lasted from 10 April to 7 June 1993, with 109 events. The seismic activity at Galeras in April-May 1993 was characterized mainly by the occurrence of tornillo signals. The behavior of these signals was similar to that before previous episodes ending with eruptions; these observations permitted us to forecast the 7 June 1993 eruption several days to weeks beforehand. The occurrence of tornillos is the most important criterion for determining the probability of an eruption at Galeras in the current period of reactivation. The maximum daily number of tornillos and the longest duration of individual events occur near the end of each episode. Within an individual episode, the durations of single events increase progressively near to the point of eruption. A positive correlation is observed between the total number of pre-eruptive tornillo signals during an episode and the volume of material ejected by the eruption. These observations may suggest that the presence of tornillos is an indication of variations in the physical conditions between the fluid and the surrounding solid material within the volcano, and they constitute an important tool for forecasting future eruptions at Galeras.
Sotoca, Juan J. Martin; Saa-Requejo, Antonio; Grau, Juan B.; Tarquis, Ana M.
Satellite information has contributed to improve our understanding of the spatial variability of hydro-climatic and ecological processes. Vegetation activity is tightly coupled with climate, hydro-ecological fluxes, and terrain dynamics in river basins at a wide range of space-time scales (Scheuring and Riedi, 1994). Indices of vegetation activity are constructed using satellite information of reflectance of the relevant spectral bands which enhance the contribution of vegetation being Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) widely used. How can we study such a complex system? Multifractals and fractals are related techniques mainly used in physics to characterize the scaling behaviour of a system; they differ in that fractals look at the geometry of presence/absence patterns, while multifractals look at the arrangement of quantities such as population or biomass densities (Saravia et al., 2012). Scaling laws are an emergent general feature of ecological systems; they reflect constraints in their organization that can provide tracks about the underlying mechanisms (Solé and Bascompte, 2006). In this work, we have applied these techniques to study the spatial pattern through one year of NDVI maps. A rectangular area that includes the Community of Madrid and part of the surroundings, consisting of 300 x 280 pixels with a resolution of 500 x 500 m2 has been selected and monthly NDVI maps analyzed using the multifractal spectrum and the map of singularities (Cheng and Agterberg, 1996). The results show a cyclical pattern in the multifractal behaviour and singularity points related to river basin networks (Martín-Sotoca, 2014). References Cheng, Q. and Agterberg, F.P. (1996). Multifractal modeling and spatial statistics. Math. Geol. Vol 28, 1-16. Martín-Sotoca, J.J. (2014) Estructura Espacial de la Sequía en Pastos y sus Aplicaciones en el Seguro Agrario. Master Thesis, UPM (In Spanish). Saravia LA, Giorgi A, Momo F.: Multifractal growth in periphyton communities. Oikos. 2012;121(11):1810-1820 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20423.x Scheuring, I., Riedi, R.H., 1994. Application of multifractals to the analysis of vegetation pattern. J. Veg. Sci. 5, 489-496. Solé RV, Bascompte J.: Self-organization in complex ecosystems. Princeton University Press,2006. Acknowledgements First author acknowledges the Research Grant obtained from CEIGRAM in 2014
Vodniza, Alberto Q.; Pereira, M. R.
From the Astronomical Observatory -University of NariÃ±o, located at the city of Pasto (NariÃ±o-Colombia) we recently took photographs of two asteroids considerably large. The asteroids are designated 2003 QO104 and 1994 CC. The main objective of this work is the study of the 2003 QO104 whose diameter ranges from 2.5 to 4 kilometers. This massive asteroid is about 1/3rd the size of the K-T impactor that probably wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. It was discovered on August 31st 2003 by the NEAT-Haleakala-AMOS system and turns around the Sun in 1139.73 days. It was at a 36.8 Lunar distance on June 9th 2009 (miss distance). We studied the asteroid 2003 QO104 during several days of June of this year and we carried out precision astrometry. The data was endorsed by the MINOR PLANET CENTER (MPC) of the United States and along with them we calculated the orbital parameters. Our observatory's code at the MPC is "H78". Our data also appears at the web page of NEODyS. Taking into account the gravitational perturbations caused by various bodies, the results obtained are the following: eccentricity = 0.5244282, semi-major axis = 2.13491648 A.U, orbital inclination = 11.61549 deg, longitude of the ascending node = 58.30828 deg, argument of perihelion = 183.53924 deg, orbital period = 3.12 years, mean motion = 0.31596046 deg/d, perihelion distance = 1.01530595 A.U, aphelion distance = 3.25452701 A.U. The parameters were calculated based on 72 observations: from june 3/2009 to june 20/2009 with RMS error = 1.393 arcseconds. Pictures of the 2003 QO104 were published at SPACEWEATHER (june 09/2009) web and were captured with the following equipment: 14â LX200 GPS MEADE (f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope) and STL-1001 SBIG camera.
Keeffe, Reviewed By James
The third edition of Williamson's Macroscale and Microscale Organic Experiments is welcome. Williamson's lab texts trace their lineage back not only through earlier editions, but, via a multi-edition conventional-scale text (Fieser and Williamson), to Louis Fieser's 1935 lab text. All these books are characterized by well-honed, reliable experiments and innovations such as the use of high-boiling solvents to accelerate reactions and an interesting sequence of transformations based on derivatives of 1,2-diphenylethane. Another connective thread, familiar to many, is the construction and use of simple homemade devices for a variety of laboratory purposes. Williamson himself is a pioneer in the change from macroscale chemistry in the student lab to the microscale approach. His text is written to use a set of glassware designed by him. At San Francisco State University we have used this glassware since the appearance of his first microscale book. Other instructors prefer microscale glassware with ground glass joints, but we find Williamson's kit to be entirely adequate for the undergraduate lab. Moreover, it is the least expensive type available, does not break easily, and is unattractive to graduate research students, hence does not "disappear". Other innovations appearing in earlier editions include sharp attention (all of Chapter 2) to safety, and the integration of waste disposal methods into the lab experiments themselves. By having students convert waste products into less harmful and less bulky materials in the lab, the enormous costs of disposal can be reduced without postlab treatment, a step not permitted except by a licensed waste-treatment facility. Williamson is also the first or one of the first to place computational chemistry into an introductory organic lab text. In this new edition, (optional) molecular mechanics calculations remain the workhorse method. These are now used in conjunction with 20 experiments, and are supplemented in some cases by suggested semiempirical computations. Other new texts, for example that by Pavia et al. (3rd ed., 1999), take computation even further. New features in the third edition include reduction of the macroscale experimental quantities to amounts compatible with 14/20 standard-taper glassware. Additionally, there are some useful and characteristically clever equipment adaptations for microfiltration and gas phase IR spectra, a few new or updated experiments, replacement of all IR spectra by Fourier transform spectra, and routine use of 250-MHz 1H NMR spectra. Two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy is briefly discussed but not further encountered. One new feature which looks promising is called "Surfing the Web". Pertinent Web site addresses dot the book, but it would be useful if these were indexed as a group. The brief but up-to-date chapter on searching the literature includes addresses and some advice on accessing commercial databases. Regarding the lab course itself, two useful addresses are http://ull.chemistry.uakron.edu/organic_lab/ and Williamson's own site (under construction as I write), http://www.mtholyoke.edu/courses/kwilliam/microscale.shtml, where pictures of techniques and other support information will interest teachers and students alike. Williamson has always been responsive to users of his texts, and will probably be quick to incorporate new information and improved techniques at this site. There are a few areas where improvement can still be made. The chapter on IR spectroscopy, although revised, does not contain an extensive, conventional table of characteristic group frequencies. All our instructors supplement the text with standard tables. We also find the section on organic qualitative analysis to be limited and mildly difficult to use. Students must do a lot of page turning, back and forth, to find some of the tests and recipes needed. At SFSU more than half of our second-semester lab is given over to organic qual, and no single lab text except that of Pasto, Johnson, and Miller seems adequate for this purpose. These cautions aside,
Sheridan, M. F.; Cordoba, G. A.
Galeras has been in nearly constant activity during modern historic times (roughly the past 500 years). Approximately 10,000 people live within an area designated as the highest-hazard and nearly 400,000 people are within areas of potential harmful effects. A wide variety of stakeholders are affected by the hazards, including: farmers, indigenous villagers, and people in urban environments. Hazards assessment and volcano monitoring are the responsibility of the Colombian Geological Survey (INGEOMINAS), whereas decisions regarding mitigation and response procedures are the responsibility of various governmental offices and the national emergency system (SNPAD). According to the current plan, when the risk level rises to a high level the people in the highest risk zone are required to evacuate. The volcano currently is in a very active, but fluctuating, condition and a future large eruption in a medium time frame (years to decades) is possible. There is a growing level of discomfort among many of the affected groups, including indigenous communities, farmers, and urban dwellers, related to the risk assessment. The general opinion prior to July 2009 was quite polarized as the decision makers saw the people of the region as poorly prepared to understand this hazard, whereas the population felt that their views were not being heard. The result was that the people in the hazardous areas decided not to evacuate, even during the current period of explosive activity. To resolve this situation the University of NariÃ±o (Colombia) and the State University of New York at Buffalo organized a workshop named "Knowledge, Sharing and Collaboration in Volcanic Risk Mitigation at Galeras Volcano, Colombia" that was held in Pasto (Colombia), between 6 and 11 July, 2009. The general objective of this workshop was to analyze the existing hazard maps and safety plans for Galeras and form a bridge connecting scientists, decision makers, and other stake holders to promote a better understanding of the hazards presented by Galeras and the measures needed for mutual understanding and protection of people and property in the potentially threatened areas. Progress towards developing trust was achieved by requiring all the parties, including technicians, scientists, administrators and even farmers and indigenous people to listen to each othersâ perceptions thought the entire week of the workshop. On the final day of the meeting a roundtable dialogue between the conflicting parts was moderated by social scientists. This intercourse identified, in a consensual manner, points of agreement to serve as starting positions for finding solutions to the areas of conflict. Irresolvable points were also identified during this roundtable discussion. The workshop showed that by sharing information within the framework of a full and frank communication, accepting (or at least listening to) each othersâ arguments and trying to understand different points of view and served as a framework for an ongoing process of dialogue focused on resolving conflicts between the various stakeholder groups, even though they had previously reached the point of radicalized positions and statements.
Crespo, G.; Rodriguez, I.; Martinez, O.
In very intensive milk production systems in Europe and America with the use of high amounts of chemical fertilizers, the nutrient recycling models consider the losses by leaching and N volatilization, as well as the hydro physical characteristics of the soil affecting the performance of this element (10; 6). However, in more extensive milk production systems, low input agriculture forming the natural cycle occurring within each farm, is of vital importance to potentate nutrient recycling for a stable animal production. The objective is the determination of the values of N, P and K inputs and outputs in a dairy farm with a sward composed by 60% of C. nlemfuensis and 40% of P. purpureum CT-115, associated with legumes in 28% of the area and the balance of these nutrients in the system using the "Recycling" software proposed by Crespo et al (2007). The grassland covered an area of 53.4 ha, composed by C. nlemfuensis (60%), P. purpureum CT-115 (40%) and L. leucocephala and C. cajan legumes intercropped in 28% of the area. The dairy herd consisted of 114 cows, 35 replacement heifers and 24 calves. There was a milk yield of 100 000 litters and the animals consumed 825 t DM from pastures and 75.1 t DM from other supplementary feeds. Nutrients extracted by pastures, nutrients intake by animals from pastures, symbiotically N fixation by legumes and N, P and K determinations outside the system due to animal production were determined (3-11). Volatilized ammonia, nutrient input and litter accumulated in the paddocks were measured once each season of the year. In the whole system the balance indicates negative values of N, P and K. Out of the total amount of nutrients consumed, animals used only 16 kg N, 5 Kg P and 4 Kg K for milk production, LW gain and calf production, the remainder returned to the system through excretions. Hence, more than 90% of the N and K, and approximately 81% of the P consumed by the animals were recycled to the system through the excretions. These results agree with those reported by Jarvis (1993) and Cadish et al (1994). However, 40% of the excretions occurred in the shade buildings and milking parlours ant thus these nutrients did not recycle in the system. An important internal recycling mechanism, especially for nitrogen and potassium, is their remobilization by the rejected pasture to re-use them for the regrowth activity. This is of particular interest in CT-115 Bank, since stems of CT-115 plants left after grazing remobilize an important amount of these nutrients, guarantee a favourable pasture regrowth (Martinez 1996). The return of all the excretion to the grassland is recommended as well as increasing the area of legumes to attain a satisfactory balance of N, P and K in the system. Further studies must consider maintenance fertilization, nutrient losses due to leaching and denitrification, as well as variation of the stable OM in the soil and the influence of hydro physical properties in the recycling process. The "Recycling" software was effective to determine the balance of nutrients in the dairy farm. Cadish, G., Schunke, R.N & Giller, K.E. 1994. Nitrogen cycling in a pure grass pasture and a grass-legume mixture on a red latosol in Brazil. Tropical Grasslands 28:43. Crespo G. y RodrÃguez, I. 2006. ContribuciÃ³n al conocimiento del reciclaje de los nutrientes en el sistema suelo-pasto-animal. Instituto de Ciencia Animal, Editorial EDICA, La Habana, Cuba, 94 pp. Hirata, M., Sugimoto, Y.G & Ueno, M.1991. Use of a mathematical model to evaluate the effects of dung from grazing animals on pasture production. J. Japan Grassld. Sci. 37:303.
Sentein, Carole; Schuster, FrÃ©dÃ©ric; Tardif, FranÃ§ois
Conference logo The second edition of the international conference on the "Safe production and use of nanomaterials" - NanoSafe2010 - was held between 16-18 November at the Maison Minatec congress center located in Grenoble, France. As is recognised, the rapidly developing field of nanotechnologies presents many opportunities and benefits for new materials with significantly improved properties as well as revolutionary applications in the fields of energy, environment, medicine, etc. However, the potential impact of these new materials on human health and the environment is viewed with apprehension. All the security aspects have to be solved in order to reach an acceptable level of risk. The new nano industry can only develop dynamically if these legitimate concerns are satisfactory allayed. Initiated within the framework of the Integrated European project NanoSafe2 and funded by the European Commission under FP6 programs, this biennial event was organized by the French Commissariat Ã l'Energie Atomique (CEA). NanoSafe2010 had broad international participation from 30 countries representing 4 continents, with registered delegates numbering over 300. The scientific program involved the presentation and discussion of 175 papers, classified as 13 plenary lectures, 117 oral presentations and 45 posters. The conference attracted many of the best known leading scientists and specialists from almost all of the different fields of expertise covering nanosafety issues: Exposure, Characterisation, Detection, Monitoring, Life cycle, Toxicology, Environmental impact, Personal protection, Secure industrial production, Safety parameter evaluation, Standardization, Regulation, and Education. An exhibition took place in parallel with the conference where 16 exhibitors presented the commercial equipment available today in relation to safety during the production or the use of nanomaterials. We believe that this conference, with the above topics, has provided a forum where the many matters of interest to the NanoSafety community have been debated. The success of the conference confirms the need of such a global meeting with the aim of bridging the gap between the best scientists, engineers, exhibitors and participants from countries concerned with safe and responsible nanomaterial activities. Therefore, the third edition of the International NanoSafe Conference "NanoSafe2012" will be held in Grenoble at Minatec, 13-15 November 2012. The meeting was financially supported by generous contributions from the European Commission, La RÃ©gion RhÃ´ne Alpes, la Ville de Grenoble, la Metro, and partners such as CEA, INERIS, Philips, Cordouan Technologies, Nanosight, TSI, Ecomesure, GRIMM Aerosol Technik, Particle Measuring Systems, Respirex, Lux Research, Dekati, Malvern Instruments, TSE Systems, INTERTEK ICS, NANO magazine and IOP Publishing. We would like to express our thanks to all the authors for their time and genuine efforts and to the reviewers for their fruitful comments during the preparation of this volume. The Conference OrganizersCarole SenteinFrÃ©dÃ©ric SchusterFranÃ§ois Tardif Conference photographs Local Organising CommitteeCarole SENTEIN (CEA)Dominique BAGUET (CEA)Didier MOLKO (MINATEC)Audrey SCARINGELLA (MINATEC)FrÃ©dÃ©ric SCHUSTER (CEA)FranÃ§ois TARDIF (CEA) International Advisory CommitteeChair: FrÃ©dÃ©ric SCHUSTER (CEA, FR), FranÃ§ois TARDIF (CEA, FR)Co-chair: Georgios KATALAGARIANAKIS (EC, BE)Paul AMYOTTE (Dalhousie U., CA)MÃ©lanie AUFFAN (CEREGE, FR)Daniel BERNARD (ARKEMA, FR)Jorge BOCZKOWSKI (INSERM, FR)Jean-Yves BOTTERO (CEREGE, FR)Jacques BOUILLARD (INERIS, FR)Jean-Philippe BOURGOIN (CEA, FR)Marie CARRIERE (CEA, FR)Krunal CHOPRA (LSFI, IN)Rolf ECKHOFF (U. Bergen, NO)Michael ELLENBECKER (U. Massachusetts, USA)Claude EMOND (U. MontrÃ©al, CA)FranÃ§ois GENDARMES (IRSN, FR)Peter HATTO (ISO, UK)Peter HOET (KUL, BE)Jean-Pierre KAISER (Empa, CH)Olivier LE BIHAN (INERIS, FR)Tinh NGUYEN (NIST, USA)Bernd NOWACK (Empa, CH)GÃ¼nter OBERDÃRSTER (U. Rochester, USA)David PUI (U. Minnesota, USA)Eric QUEMENEUR (CEA, FR)Robert SCHALLER (EPFL, CH)Carole SENTEIN (CEA, FR)Ken TAKEDA (U. Tokyo, JP)Louis TREPIED (MINEFE, FR)Jacques VENDEL (IRSN, FR)Olivier WITSCHGER (INRS, FR) List of Participants AGUY SCordouan, FR ALLEMAN LEcole des Mines de Douai, FR ALPER MUniv. California Berkeley, US ALVES O LUNICAMP, BR AMDAOUD MUniv. Joseph Fourier, FR AMODEO TINERIS, FR AMYOTTE PDalhousie Univ., CA ARAKELIAN M CFundacion Argentina de Nanotecnologia, AR ARZAMASTSEVA ETomsk Polytechnic Univ., RU ASCHBERGER KEuropean Commission-JRC, IT ASHTON AJPCS, GB ASIMAKOPOULOU ACERTH/CPER, GR AUBLANT J-MLNE, FR AUDE-GARCIA CCEA, FR AUFFAN MCEREGE, FR AUGER ACEA, FR BAEK MSeoul Woman's Univ., KR BAEZA AUniv. Paris 7 Diderot, FR BAGUET DCEA, FR BARONE FIstituto Superiore di SanitÃ , IT BAU SINRS, FR BELLEVILLE PCEA, FR BENAZET SSNPE-MatÃ©riaux EnergÃ©tiques, FR BERGER L-MFraunhofer Institute, DE BERGES MDGUV-IFA, DE BERNARD CNIST, US BERNARD DARKEMA, FR BERNE PCEA, FR BERRET J-FUniv. Paris 7 Diderot, FR BIGORGNE ECNRS, FR BILLAT BPMS, FR BLOCH DCEA, FR BOGDANOVIC-GUILLON AFreelance journalist, FR BOIVIN DRESPIREX France, FR BOLAND SUniv. Paris 7 Diderot, FR BOMBARDIER PFAURE QEI, FR BORASCHI DInstitute of Biomedical Technologies, IT BOTTERO J-YCEREGE, FR BRADLEY JLux Research, US BREGOLI LVeneto Nanotech, IT BRIGNON J-MINERIS, FR BROCHOT CIRSN, FR BROUWER DTNO Quality of Life, NL BUDIMAN TTSE-Systems, DE CABOCHE JEcole des Mines de Douai, FR CALLET GCEA, FR CALOGINE DINERIS, FR CAPONIGRO ALoreal, FR CARRIERE MCEA, FR CASSETTE SThales Research & Technology, FR CHARPENTIER DINERIS, FR CHEN C-CTaiwan Univ., TW CHEN LHealth Canada, CA CHEVALLET MCEA, FR CHOI S-JSeoul Woman's Univ., KR CHOU C-CChung Cheng University, TW CHUNG H-ESeoul Woman's Univ., KR CIMPAN MUniv. Bergen, NO CIOBANU NTU Munich, DE CLARK KInstitute for Work and Health, CH CONJEAUD HUniv. Paris 7 Diderot, FR COSTA PEREIRA CNational Health Institute, PT CROOKS MTSI, GB CUPERTINO DC-Tech Innovation Ltd, GB DASKALOS MCERTH/CPERI, GR DE BERARDIS BIstituto Superiore di SanitÃ , IT DE MIGUEL YTECNALIA, ES DELAHAYE AAd Air Solutions, FR DEMIDOVA TSevertsov Inst. of Ecology and Evolution, RU DENOO KSolae, GR DERROUGH SCEA, FR DOBRZYNSKA E BCentral Institute for Labour Protection, PL DOLEZ PÃcole de technologie supÃ©rieure, CA DOUKI TCEA, FR DRAIS EINRS, FR DUFOUR J-PCILAS, FR DURAN NUNICAMP, BR DURAND CCEA, FR DUTOUQUET CINERIS, FR DUVAL-ARNOULD GSaint-Gobain, FR ECKHOFF R KUniv. Bergen, NO ELLENBECKER M JUniv. Massachusetts Lowell, US EMOND CUniv. Montreal, CA ENGEL SBASF, DE ESTRELA-LOPIS ILeipzig Univ., DE FABBRI MJRC, IT FACCINI MLeitat technological center, ES FESSARD VAnses, FR FILIMUNDI ETSI, DE FIRSTOVA VSRCAMB, RU FLEURY DINERIS, FR FRABOULET DCEA, FR FRESNAY CThales Research & Technology, FR GABORIEAU ACEA, FR GAFFET ENanoMaterials Research Group, FR GALLET SCefic, BE GEIGER DBASF, DE GENSDARMES FIRSN, FR GERRITSEN-EBBEN RTNO Quality of Life, NL GKANIS VDemokritos, GR GLUSHKOVA ARIHOPHE, RU GONZALEZ-FERNANDEZ AUniv. Vigo, ES GOOSSENS HPhilips Research Aerasense, NL GRAHNSTEDT SOslo Univ., NO GREENHILL-HOOPER MRio Tinto Minerals, FR GROSSEAU PEcole des Mines de Saint Etienne, FR GUADAGNINI RUniv. Paris 7 Diderot, FR GUIOT ACEA, FR GUIZARD BCEA, FR HAASE AFederal Institute for Risk Assessment, DE HANINI AUniv. Paris 7 Diderot, FR HAYNES LUniv. de los Andes, VE HEJAZI MUniv. Tehran, IR HENRY FINERIS, FR HERRERA HInstitute for Work and Health, CH HOET PKU Leuven, BE HOLE PNanosight, GB HULME JUniv. Cambridge, GB JI XINERIS, FR JOUHANNAUD JCEA, FR JOUZEL J-NCenter for the Sociology of Organizations, FR JURKSCHAT KOxford Univ., GB KAISER J-PEmpa, CH KANAYA FNat. Center for Global Health and Medicine, JP KATALAGARIANAKIS GEuropean Commission, BE KECK LGrimm Aerosol Technik, DE KELLER MFraunhofer Institute, DE KHLEBNIKOVA NRIHOPHE, RU KHODABANDEH MUniv. Tehran, IR KHOLODENKO VSRCAMB, RU KOBAYASHI NAIST, JP KOPONEN INRCWE, DK KOWAL SINERIS, FR KRYSANOV ESevertsov Inst. of Ecology and Evolution, RU KÃCK AUniv. Bremen, DE KUO Y-MChung Hwa University, TW KVITEK LPalacky Univ., CZ LABILLE JCEREGE, FR LAMMINEN EDekati, FI LARUE CCEA, FR LE BIHAN OINERIS, FR LE DUR DEcomesure, FR LECERF PCILAS, FR LEGRAND MCordouan, FR LELONG CUJF CEA, FR LIMOUSIN SINERIS, FR LINDELOEV JGEA Process Engineering, DK LIU P PChina Jiliang University, CN LIU WCEREGE, FR MACHEREY A-CCNRS, FR MAGGA YCEA, FR MAHLENDORF FUniversity Duisburg-Essen, DE MANIER NINERIS, FR MANZO LUniv. Pavia, IT MARCHETTO ACEA, FR MARCONE GUNICAMP, BR MARI DEPFL, CH MARIE-DESVERGNE CCEA, FR MARIE-LOUISE APSA Peugeot-Citroen, FR MARMUSE LNano-H S.A.S., FR MARRA JPhilips Research Aerasense, NL MASION ACEREGE, FR MATEI EPolitehnica University Bucharest, RO MATSUI YKyoto Univ., JP MATZKE MUniv. Gothenburg, SE MAYNE-L'HERMITE MCEA, FR MELINTE G ABabes-Bolyai University, RO MERINO CGrupo Antolin Ingenieria, ES MICHAUD-SORET ICEA, FR MICHELETTI CJRC, IT MONTIGEL EBasler Versicherungen, CH MONTOYA ERAMEM, ES MOSSUZ VCEA, FR MOTELLIER SCEA, FR MOTZKUS CLNE, FR MUIR BNaneum, GB NAKAMURA KJAPAN NUS CO., JP NEUBAUER NKarlsruhe Institute of Technologie, DE NEUMEISTER LBG ETEM, DE NGUYEN TNIST, US NIORT NINTERTEK, FR NOIRTIN AINTERTEK, FR NOWACK BEmpa, CH NYEMBE DUniv. Johannesburg, ZA Ã CLAONADH NDublin Institute of Technology, IE OBERDÃRSTER GUniv. 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Katsar, C.S.; Hunter, W.B. . E-mail: Whunter@ushrl.ars.usda.gov; Sinisterra, X.H.
The salivary glands of the Glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS), Homalodisca vitripennis Germar 1821, (syn. H. coagulata, Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) were collected and used to produce a cDNA library. Examination by BLASTX analyses identified 2 viral sequences, one a 610-base pair fragment and a second 839-base pair fragment, both of which had significant homology to viruses within the genus Phytoreovirus. Resequencing of the fragments confirmed sequence validities. These sequences were used for in silico protein translation and BLASTP analysis confirming the established homology. While the GWSS is the primary vector of Pierce's disease of grapes, this is the first report that GWSS may be a vector of a phytoreoviruses. Phylogenetic and homology comparisons with BLASTX, BLASTP, and PAUP analyses indicated that the viral sequences isolated from GWSS were closely related to the viruses in the Family Reoviridae, Genus Phytoreovirus, specifically Rice Dwarf Phytoreovirus (RDV). RDV is the only plant reovirus that is not limited to the phloem. Phytoreoviruses are transmitted in a propagative manner by cicadellid leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae), which acquire and transmit them during feeding. Phytoreoviruses have been reported from Agallian, Agalliopsis, Nephotettix, and Recilia, genera of leafhoppers, with evidence for transovarial transmission. The GWSS, although considered to feed primarily from the xylem, ingests from other plant tissues, such as the phloem and mesophyll during probing similar to other leafhoppers. The feeding behavior and wide host range of the GWSS provides an overlapping condition for these two organisms, leafhopper and virus. GWSS will feed from grasses as a transitory host, and on herbaceous and woody plants as primary hosts, which may favor the acquisition and transmission of Phytoreovirus by this leafhopper. Monitoring for an increase of Phytoreovirus spread in graminaceous crops that are in proximity to vineyards or tree crop orchards, where GWSS occurs, such as in southern California, will provide a better understanding of the potential role of the GWSS as a disease vector in the spread of phytoreoviruses and other plant pathogens. The sequences have been deposited in NCBI database under the accession numbers (EF058280) for GWSS-V1, WHSg013C11 and (EF058281) for GWSS-V2, WHSg024H02. (author) [Spanish] Dos fragmentos de 610 y 839 pares de bases fueron aislados apartir de una genoteca de expresion derivada de las glandulas salivales del cucarron de las alas cristalinas (GWSS), Homalodisca vitripennis, Germar 1821 (syn. H. coagulata) el cual es vector de la enfermedad de Pierce de las uvas. Los resultados de alineamiento utilizando BLASTX, BLASTP y el analisis filogenetico utilizando PAUP indicaron que los fragmentos de DNA estaban relacionado de manera mas cercana a viruses en la familia Reoviridae, genero Phytoreovirus, y especificamente a los virus del enanismo del arroz (RDV) y al virus del tumor de las grietas (WTV). El cucarron de las alas cristalinas es un saltahoja que se alimenta no solo del xilema sino tambien del floema y del mesofilo. Saltahojas del genero Agallian, son los principales vectores de WTV, el cual infecta el floema de plantas dicotiledoneas tumoraciones en las hojas y en las raices. WTV es transmitido por saltahojas y es el unico reovirus que es capaz de infectar tanto tejidos del xilema como del floema. El comportamiento alimentario del GWSS y su amplio rango de hospederos que incluye pastos y plantas herbaceas y lenosas podria proveer la interaccion entre estos dos organismos facilitando la adquisicion y tranmision de fitoreovirus por el GWSS. Un adecuado monitoreo de el incremento en la expansion de reoviruses en cultivos de gramineas asociados al los vinedos en donde GWSS ocurre en regiones tales como el sur de California, y en general el sur de los Estados Unidos, podria proveer un mejor entendimiento del papel del GWSS como vector de fitoreovirus y otros patogenos de plantas. Las sequencias se depositaron en la base de datos NCBI con los siguientes numeros de identificacion: (EF058280) para GWSS-V1, WHSg013C11 y (EF058281) para GWSSV2, WHSg024H02. (author)
Rodis, Harry G.; Suszczynski, Edison F.
The Teresina-Campo Maior area lies in a presently developing farming and grazing region near the margin of drought-prone northeast Brazil where irrigated farming offers the best potential for economic development. The area comprises 9,700 square kilometers largely of catinga-covered tabular uplands which are drained by the perennial Rio Parnatba. The climate is hot and humid most of the year but with distinct wet and dry seasons. Temperature extremes range from 20?C to 39?C and the annum rainfall averages 1,200 millimeters. The area's ground-water reservoir is contained chiefly in sandstone aquifers of six westward-dipping sedimentary rock formations, all part of the Maranhao sedimentary basin. The youngest of these formations, namely the Piaut (Pennsylvarian), Poti (Mississippian), Longa (Upper Devonian), and Cabecas (Middle Devoniar), contain the principal aquifers. Precipitation is the primary source of recharge to these aquifers and is more than sufficient to replenish current withdrawals from wells. Underlying the principal aquifers are the untapped Pimenteiras and Serra Grande Formations (both Lower Devonian) which in areas adjacent to the report area are moderately good to excellent water producers. These aquifers are recharged principally by lateral inflow from the east. Water also occurs in the alluvial deposits (Quaternary) underlying the flood plain of the Rio Parnatba but recurrent and uncontrolled flooding at present (1966) precludes their development. Of little economic importance, because they lie above the zone of saturation, are the thin erosional remnants of the Pastos Bons (Upper Triassic), Matuca, and Pedra de Fogo (both Permian) Formations. There are in the report area about 200 drilled wells most of which are pumped with power-driven engines. The wells range from 40 to 500 meters deep but most do not exceed 150 meters, and practically all are completed open hole. Yields range from 500 liters per day for 6-inch-diameter domestic wells to 240,000 liters per hour for 10-inch high-capacity municipal wells. Although there are many more dug wells than drilled wells, dug wells account for less than 1 percent of the current (1966) draft. The current annual withdrawal from the principal aquifers is approximately 5 million cubic meters of which almost half is used for municipal supply and the rest for rural household and irrigation uses. Additional water for public supply is available from aquifers now being pumped, and larger yields probably could be obtained from rural wells designed to take full advantage of the aquifer. Analyses of 28 samples show that the chemical quality of the water is well below the accepted limits of mineral concentration for most uses. Water from the Longa Formation averages 842 milligrams per liter in total dissolved solids and is more mineralized than that in the Piaul and Port Formations which contain water averaging less than 300 milligrams per liter. The water in the Piaui and Poti aquifers is the most suitable in the area for irrigation and has SAR values of C1-S1 and C2-S1. The quantities of water currently being used for irrigation are relatively small (600,000 cubic meters annually) but will increase substantially when intensive irrigation becomes a reality. Divisio de Hydrogeologia da Superintendancia do Desenvolvimento do Nordeste estimates that about 2,500 million cubic meters of water per year would be needed to irrigate about 250,000 hectares in the Teresina-Campo Maior area (about 25 percent of the total area). This goal, however, is not likely to be realized as the water requirement is five times the estimated natural recharge to the aquifers of the area. Most of the water-bearing formations in the report area have barely been tapped and can be developed a great deal more. In fact, the current annual withdrawal from the principal aquifers is less than 0.0025 percent of a conservative estimate of annual replenishment from rainfall. Additionally, only the