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Date:4/3/2014

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This paper reports the discovery of an ancient ocean within the northeast Brazilian highlands, which existed around 820 million years ago. Fragments of this ancient ocean were entrapped between two colliding tectonic plates during a mountain building process around 630 million years ago, in a similar way to modern-day collision of India and Tibet that generated the Himalayan mountains. This finding helps geoscientists to better understand how Earth's continent-oceanic distribution looked like in this very special time known as the Neoproterozoic era (1000 to 542 million years ago), when major climatic, geochemical and biological changes took place, with extreme global glaciations and culminating with the explosive diversification of complex life.


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Contact: Kea Giles
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Geological Society of America
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