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FEFU to discuss global warming
Whether the consequences of modern global warming on Earth will be as irreversible as similar changes in the Cretaceous period - this question is being worked on by paleontologists from all over the country, who met at the FEFU campus. Here, for the first time in the Far East, the VII All-Russian meeting "The Cretaceous System of Russia and the Near Abroad" is being held, the press service of the university reports.
The meeting was attended by leading paleontologists from the main scientific centers of the Far East, the central part of Russia and foreign countries - Japan, China and Mongolia. All of them specialize in the study of the most interesting time in the history of the planet - the Cretaceous period, which began 135 million years ago and ended 65 million years ago. As the scientists themselves note, this period is very close in terms of the climatic picture to the modern state of the Earth, but it was then that dinosaurs disappeared from the surface of the planet, flora and fauna completely changed, and global warming occurred. In addition, more than half of all world oil reserves were formed at this time.
— There have been several mass extinctions in Earth's history, and they all followed the same scenario. The extinction at the border of the Cretaceous and Paleogene was one of the most ambitious - dinosaurs were gone, the face of the planet changed, the modern flora and fauna formed. Now scientists all over the world are concerned that we are moving towards the same climate as in the Cretaceous period, ”says Evgenia Bugdaeva, a leading researcher at the Biology and Soil Institute of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. - On the one hand, the melting of the Arctic will lead to the availability of oil fields, and on the other hand, waterlogging of many territories will begin, and fresh water will disappear in the rivers. All of this has happened before, and now we know where this may lead in the future.
The conference program, organized on the FEFU campus, includes not only speeches by leading scientists, but also the study of Cretaceous sections on the eastern coast of the Ussuri Bay. Participants will get acquainted with the Lower Cretaceous sections preserved in the vicinity of Vladivostok, Bolshoy Kamen and the village of Podyapolsky, and the data obtained may form the basis or continue the research of Russian paleontologists.