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The journal Quaternary Research has published The Snowmastodon Project, a special volume edited by GECSC Geologist Jeff Pigati and Ian Miller of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Forty-seven scientists from around the world contributed to the 14 articles in this major scientific volume. Among these contributors are GECSC scientists Tom Ager, Bruce Bryant, Paul Carrara, Jeff Honke, Dan Muhs, Jim Paces, Jeff Pigati, Gary Skipp, Laura Strickland, and Bob Thompson.

The discovery of the Ziegler Reservoir fossil site near Snowmass Village, Colorado in October 2010 led to the recovery of bones belonging to an array of extinct Pleistocene animals, including mastodons, mammoths, deer, sloths, bison, horses, camels, salamanders and rodents. The world-class paleontological site also featured geologic evidence of climate conditions during the Last Interglacial Period.

In conjunction with the publication, Jeff Pigati and Ian Miller gave a sold out talk at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science called "Science Revealed: The Snowmastodon Project" on February 4th.

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Our world is being transformed due to climate variability, population growth, intensive land use, and the increasing demands on water, ecological, agricultural, energy, and mineral resources. To address these issues, the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center (GECSC) conducts research on (1) climatic, environmental, and landscape changes, (2) the geologic framework of natural resources and hazards, (3) ecological disturbance patterns resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes, and (4) the interactions among geologic, biologic, hydrologic, and human systems. This work supports policy and management decisions, the search for new sources of key materials, and the assessment of the combined environmental impacts of climate variability and human activities.

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