Active Interest Media Acquires Outdoor and Fitness News Company

first_imgBackpacker magazine publisher Active Interest Media has acquired SNEWS, a news network serving the outdoor and fitness markets. SNEWS publishes magazines such as GearTrends and eFitBiz.”With this strategic alliance, AIM becomes a leading source of news, content and communication for both the engaged media consumer and the businesses who want to reach them,” AIM president and CEO Efrem Zimbalist III said in a statement.In 2007, AIM completed seven acquisitions, including the purchase of Rodale’s Backpacker for $14 million and Restore Media’s Old-House Journal and Old-House Journal’s New Old House titles. The company also acquired Yoga Journal in 2006. “We are actively looking for special interest media properties that fit within the segments we’re in, healthy living, home and arts, marine, and outdoor,” AIM COO Andrew Clurman wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “SNEWS is a great complement to Backpacker’s coverage of the outdoor industry.  We’re exploring how SNEWS might serve as a model for b-to-b media in our other markets.”SNEWS will continue to operate from it Grass Valley, California office and will retain a number of its senior staffers, including former San Jose Mercury News reporter Therese Iknoian and author Michael Hodgson. AIM, which also publishes Vegetarian Times and Better Nutrition, is based in El Segundo, California.The deal was completed on December 21. The terms were not disclosed.last_img read more

FW CDO Chad Phelps to Resign

first_img Ogle’s memo to employees: Phelps’ decision to leave comes just weeks after CEO David Nussbaum stepped down to take a position as chief executive at America’s Test Kitchen. During that time, the company also made two quick divestitures of its World Tea Media group and its HOW Design events. Thanks, Jim Phelps joined the company about eight years ago and instantly made a mark by overseeing a digital transformation that a led to a significant ecommerce operation.  His departure will also trigger a reorg of the company’s digital team “in several ways,” says Ogle.  F+W chief digital officer Chad Phelps is resigning from the company, according to an internal memo from interim CEO James Ogle.  Again, I appreciate Chad staying on for the next short while to ensure we stay the course with this important business. I am in Fort Collins this week and we will continue to talk through these changes; but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. I would like to hear from you as your input will be valuable in setting our long term direction. In the spring of 2014, F+W underwent a corporate rebranding and then sold a majority stake to Tinicum, a private investment firm.   Early last week Chad Phelps, Chief Digital Officer, tendered his resignation effective December 1st. Chad has been a driving force for F+W for eight years and he is ready for a new challenge. We thank him for his tremendous effort transforming a primarily print-focused media company to the ecommerce and content leader we are today. While at F+W, Chad has also created a talented and results-driven team, second to none. The Digital Media team formerly centralized under Chad will be reorganized in several ways. Chad and I have spoken about this at length mindful of what’s best for the business and least disruptive in the short term. There will be some ‘moving parts’ so I ask everyone associated with these changes to be flexible knowing the ultimate structure we end up with will be dependent on the final candidate we choose to fill our search. And that you continue to perform the important work you do without interruption as we head into the critical holiday shopping season. Chad and I have had the pleasure of working together for nearly 15 years and I want to thank him personally for the innovation, drive, and passion he brings to his work. I hope you will join me in wishing him well in the next venture of his career. Chad will stay on through the next six weeks to allow for a smooth transition as we search for our next leader of the digital business.  According to the memo, Phelps’ last day will be December 1, allowing the company time to find his replacement.  Between 2008 and 2014 ecommerce revenues grew from $6 million to $60 million, and the company now has about 33 online stores that generate more than 100,000 transactions each month.  last_img read more

Pegi Young Musician And Neil Youngs Former Wife Dies At 66

first_imgNews Email Pegi Young Dies At 66 pegi-young-musician-and-neil-youngs-former-wife-dies-66 Pegi Young, Musician And Neil Young’s Former Wife, Dies At 66 Young died following a yearlong battle with cancerJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 3, 2019 – 1:24 pm Pegi Young, singer/songwriter, activist and musician, whose career includes solo work as well as being frontwoman of Pegi Young & The Survivors, has died following a yearlong battle with cancer. She was 66.Young’s death was confirmed via her official social-media accounts. She died surrounded by family and friends in California, where she was born.center_img Twitter With great sadness, we confirm that on Jan 1st, after a yearlong battle with cancer, Pegi Young- mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School- passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native CA. https://t.co/14bElPjCsI— Pegi Young (@pegiyoung) January 3, 2019Young released five albums both as a solo artist and with Pegi Young & The Survivors. Her last tour was in the fall of 2017. The musician’s last album, Raw, released in 2017, addresses her separation from Neil Young, to whom she was married for 36 years. They share two children. The album is a deeply emotional account of their relationship.”As we were making [Raw], I was encouraging her to write self-affirming songs,” bandmate Phil Jones said. “And I believe she did that.”Pegi and Neil met in 1974 and were married in the late ‘70s. They began to perform together in the 1990s; Pegi was Neil’s backup singer.Neil recalls how they met in “Unknown Legend.”In 1987, Pegi and Neil opened the Bridge School which serves children with physical and speech impairments. They were inspired to do so by their son, Ben, who has cerebral palsy.Years before becoming a musician, Young, who was born in San Mateo, Calif., taught herself folk covers on an acoustic guitar. She wrote poetry in grade school and studied it in college.Young saw herself as a survivor. “Although we named the band The Survivors after Ben Keith died, we didn’t have any idea some 10 years ago, what an apt name it would turn out to be! I’ve gone through a lot of good stuff and scary stuff, and I will keep going forward,” she said on her site.”I’d like to be remembered for the good I tried to do in my life and for the world. I’m just a human being who tried to be a good person, despite my failings,” Pegi Young told Thread MB.Young leaves behind her son, Ben, and daughter, Amber.Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Miley Cyrus & Katy Perry Added To MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Dolly PartonRead more Facebook last_img read more

Star Wars 9 Stranger Things Game of Thrones When will we get

first_img Game of Thrones Disney Star Wars Netflix Share your voice 77 Photos TV and Movies Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Netflix tricked me on Thursday. The streaming service dropped a new video with the familiar, haunting-looking Stranger Things logo on it, and for a minute I thought: Is it? Could it be? A season 3 trailer?I pushed play and seconds later I felt like Netflix tossed me into the Upside Down. That was no trailer, but instead a two-minute video showing the kid actors from Netflix’s hit wrapping presents. Ho-ho-horribly not funny, Netflix.The Avengers: Endgame trailer is finally here, after impatient fans tweeted about it pretty much every day since Avengers: Infinity War came out in April. But isn’t it time for a Stranger Things trailer? And Star Wars: Episode 9? Maybe Game of Thrones? Here’s a look at the three trailers that have moved to the top of fans’ want lists now that Endgame ended that waiting game.Star Wars: Episode 9Movie release date: December 2019 in theatersWhat we want to know: The title (personally still rooting for this), how Princess Leia’s story will be handled since the death of beloved Carrie Fisher, what role Luke (Mark Hamill) will play after the events of The Last Jedi, are Rey’s parents really “filthy junk traders”… heck, we’re waiting for pretty much everything.How to get caught up: You can watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Netflix streaming if you’re a member, and you can rent or buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens on various online services, from Amazon Prime Video to iTunes. If you’re old-school, you can buy them on DVD or Blu-ray.The fates of Leia (Carrie Fisher) and her brother, Luke, are both up in the air in Episode IX. Lucasfilm No one’s eager to see new footage from a Star Wars movie, right? Naw, can’t imagine anyone caring about that. PSYCHE. Even Mark Hamill snarked on fans’ desire for Episode IX footage by promising an “exclusive Star Wars trailer photo” and then punking them. When? So when will the first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer make the Kessel Run into our browsers? The Last Jedi came out in December 2017, just like Episode IX is scheduled to come out in December 2019. The first Jedi trailer came out in April 2017 at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. It’s a good bet Episode IX will follow suit. Star Wars Celebration is just over 100 days away — it’ll be held April 11-15 in Chicago. Hey, at least US tax day means something good this time.Game of ThronesSeries release date: April 2019 on HBOWhat we want to know: How will Jon and Daenerys learn that they’re not just lovers, but are related? Will any of our long-lost favorites (Syrio Forel! Khal “Aquaman” Drogo!) make a return for the show’s final six episodes? Will any Starks get a happy ending? How will that 55-day battle we’ve heard about come across onscreen? Cersei’s going to have to pay for her crimes, right, whether by the hand of brother Jaime or brother Tyrion? Oh, and almost as an afterthought: Who will win the Iron Throne?How to get caught up: The easiest way to watch previous seasons is to have HBO NOW or HBO Go. (HBO Go is the one that comes with an HBO cable subscription, but HBO NOW is the standalone service for cord-cutters and the like.) Individual episodes and seasons are also available to buy via services such as iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. Or buy past seasons on DVD or Blu-ray.sansastarkcrop.jpgSansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has come a long way from that idealistic girl who once dreamed only of her prince. HBO How can Game of Thrones possibly wrap up eight seasons of drama and dragons and death in just six episodes, even if they’re super-sized? A trailer would give us a clue. And no, not a plain old tease, like the 39-second goodie dropped earlier this month that was about as generous with details as Cersei is with her wine. When? It’s hard to tell exactly when HBO will provide that real look — but here’s a new clue. Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, who watched some of the final season being filmed, published an interview with Game of Thrones producer Carolyn Strauss this week. They mostly discussed the Deadwood movie, which she is also producing, and Hibberd flat-out asked where the trailer is. “I gotta believe something is going to come out before too long,” she said. We’ll just cling to that for now, thanks.Stranger ThingsSeries release date: Sometime in 2019What we want to know: How will the kid romances — Eleven-Mike and Max-Lucas — continue in this season, which takes place in the summer of 1985? It’d be too boring if the course of true love ran smooth. What exactly will go down at Starcourt Mall, the new mall hyped in this video from July? Can Will ever shake off what happened to him? Will “Dad Steve” stay cool? Can we ever truly understand what happened to Eleven and the the other numbered kids? And will Joyce and Hopper start sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G?How to get caught up: You can watch all the seasons on Netflix, duh, or pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray. Some of the home video packaging is made to look like old VHS tapes you might’ve picked up in the actual 1980s time period of the show. Make it a Blockbuster night!joycenoah1Dammit, kid, where is the trailer? Netflix Stranger Things is the master of releasing videos that look enticing, but leave you empty. Kinda like Eggos. On Dec. 9, a video delivered what are apparently the episode titles for season three, but left fans to do the detective work behind what they mean. Two of the titles, Mall Rats and The Battle of Starcourt, seem to hint there will be a big fight of some kind in the new Starcourt Mall. Class of 1985 grad here to say this rings true, we loved the mall back in the day. I’d even brave the Upside Down for an Orange Julius and a Benetton sweater.When? But when it comes to Stranger Things, Netflix is in love with its own fake-outs. Here are the episode titles! Here’s a trailer promoting the mall! Here are the kid stars wrapping gifts! Here’s a made-up holiday, Stranger Things Day, upon which we will deliver nothing! So stay strong, fans, there could be more feints before we get anything real. If season two is any guide — and it may or may not be — fans might want to get ready for some football. The first trailer for Stranger Things season 2 came out during the 2017 Super Bowl, preceding an October release of the show. The Super Bowl certainly provides a big enough canvas for the Stranger Things trailer. This year’s big game is on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. GEORGIA. Where STRANGER THINGS IS FILMED. Coincidence? Yeah, totally, but still, you might want to mark your calendar for the big game, and try and take bathroom breaks during the gridiron action, not during the ads.center_img Tags 0 2019 movies to geek out over Post a commentlast_img read more

I saw the plane landing and catching fire

first_imgHolding placards inscribed with the names of the plane crash victims, relatives wait in front of the morgue of the Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital. Photo was taken by Kamrul Hasan on Wednesday.Shocked relatives of US-Bangla plane crash victims are eagerly waiting to receive the dead bodies of their near and dear ones two days into the tragic plane crash in Nepal.A total of 51 passengers including 26 Bangladeshis died in the plane crash of US-Bangla aircraft (BS 211) at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday afternoon.The bodies have now been kept at the morgue of Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital.A number of relatives with placards with names of their near and dear ones were standing in front of the hospital morgue.One of them was grandfather of co-pilot Prithula Rashid, also waiting in front of the morgue.”I do not know when I would receive the dead body of Prithula,” said the grim-faced elderly man.Nepali woman Urmila, mother of Sylhet Rageeb-Rabeya Medical College student Shretha Thapa, was standing with placard of her daughter’s name and wailing continuously.Cap 2: US-Bangla airliner co-pilot Prithula Rashid’s grandfather is seen waiting in front of the morgue of the Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital. Photo was taken by Kamrul Hasan on Wednesday.”I was waiting at the airport for my daughter’s arrival. I saw the plane landing and catching fire… I do not know when I will get the dead body,” she said when this author approached her.Deceased Alimuzzaman’s relative Faruk Ahmed said, “There is no certainty of receiving the dead body. Nobody can tell the exact date.”A total of 26 Bangladeshis, 24 Nepalese and a Chinese citizen died in the accident.The relatives fear it will take time to receive the dead bodies. The authorities said the dead bodies will be handed over after carrying out autopsies, chemical test and DNA test.The DNA test is being conducted to ascertain the citizenship and gender.Bangladesh civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shajahan Kamal visited the hospital morgue.During the visit, head of the forensic department of the hospital Promoth Sherestha told the minister that autopsies of the dead bodies will be conducted soon. The identities of the bodies will be ascertained and later the bodies will be handed over to the family members, Sherestha added.*This report is rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

President asks people to keep houses surroundings clean to prevent dengue

first_imgPresident M Abdul Hamid exchanges greetings with dignitaries at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDPresident M Abdul Hamid on Monday asked all concerned to inspire people to keep households and surroundings clean and put sacrificial animals’ wastes at proper places for preventing dengue as he hosted a reception on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha at Bangabhaban in Dhaka.“If you put wastes of sacrificial animals (qurbani) without specific places, it will help increase Aedes mosquitoes breeding . . . So keep houses and surroundings clean as your respective responsibilities,” he said while delivering his congratulatory speech on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festivals of the Muslims.The head of the state said, “You have to keep in mind that anyone’s festivity should not become the pain for others” in society.President M Abdul Hamid exchanges greetings with dignitaries at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDThe Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated at the time when country is witnessing the outbreak of dengue infected patients, the president mentioned.Hamid hosted the reception for the people of all classes and professions, including distinguished people, senior politicians, high-ranking government officials, foreign diplomats, religious personalities, academics, senior journalists and representatives of the business community.Referring to suffering to recent flood victims at many places across the country in recent time, he urged affluent people to stand by the flood victims so that affected people are not deprived of getting Eid festivities.Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), the president said, set an incomparable example of love, obedience and sacrifice to Allah by taking steps to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) as per the directive of Him.President M Abdul Hamid addresses a programme after exchanging greetings with dignitaries at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PID“Qurbani (sacrifice) teaches people how to do sacrifice alongside to have patience. . . Being imbued with the spirit of patience and sacrificial mindset, we have to take lesson from the Eid-ul-Azha in a bid to establish peace and equity in society,” president Hamid said.Noting that the Eid-ul-Azha teaches all to sacrifice and tolerance, Abdul Hamid said everyone should exercise tolerance in their respective works and thoughts to establish peace and welfare in society.“So don’t confine the joys of this Eid-ul-Azha to only matter of celebration. Try to reflect the lesson of sacrifice in your personal, social and national life and share the cheerfulness amongst all and create a pollution free environment”, the head of the state added.President M Abdul Hamid exchanges greetings with minister at Bangabhaban, Dhaka on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Monday. Photo: PIDLater the president also exchanged views with the guests and enquired about their wellbeing going round different corners at the Durbar Hall of the Presidential Palace where the invited guests were entertained with delicious and traditional dishes.Chief justice, ministers, advisors, army and navy chief, diplomats, inspector of police (IGP), prominent people, high civil and military officials joined the programme.Secretaries concerned to the president were also present there.last_img read more

How Do Law Enforcement Officers Investigate Bomb Explosions

first_imgGabriel C. Pérez/KUT NewsMembers of local, state and federal law enforcement including the FBI, ATF and Department of Homeland Security hold a press conference near the scene of the third fatal package explosion in East Austin.Federal agents are working alongside local law enforcement to identify the bomber behind a series of explosions in Austin.How does law enforcement investigate incidents like these? Texas Standard investigative reporter Alain Stephens says they begin with a secondary device sweep to search for a second bomb that might be intended to attack first responders.“When a bomb goes off, it’s going to take them a long time to secure the scene. They’re combing and they’re doing this thing called a secondary device protocol. Sources in the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] said that’s their first priority is that safety.”Stephens says ATF’s investigation strategy is typically to focus on the bomb.“One of the things that they point out is something called the bomb signature,” he says. “The tradecraft. It’s the make, it’s the model, it’s the details and how that bomb is packaged.”Stephens says federal agencies have developed the Bomb Arson Tracking System to look for patterns and trends. They also examine the bomber’s success rate.“This is something that they look at to kind of create a skill profile of this bomber,” he says.Written by Jen Rice. Sharelast_img read more

Jonas Brothers Documentary Chasing Happiness Premiere Date Set on Amazon Prime Video

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Experiencing the brothers back together again is the news that everyone hoped for and we can’t wait to share this intimate and compelling documentary special with all of our customers,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement when the project was announced.“Chasing Happiness” is from Philymack and Federal Films (a new division of Universal Music Group’s Republic Records) in association with UMG’s Polygram Entertainment and Amazon Studios. Executive producers are Phil McIntyre, John Varvatos, Monte Lipman and Dana Sano. The film’s producers are Reece Pearson, Steve Ecclesine and Grant MacDowell, and it’s directed by John Lloyd Taylor.In announcing the documentary’s premiere date, Amazon released a video clip of the Jonas Brothers asking Alexa who her favorite member of the group is: Latido Acquires ‘Historias Lamentables,’ From ‘Champions’ Javier Fesser (EXCLUSIVE) Popular on Variety “Chasing Happiness,” a documentary about the newly reunited Jonas Brothers, will premiere Tuesday, June 4, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video worldwide.The film promises never-before-seen footage of Nick, Joe, and Kevin Jonas, starting with their early days growing up in New Jersey in a family struggling to make ends meet. It follows them to their heights of stardom — and the events surrounding their 2013 breakup. “Chasing Happiness” also shows the brothers rebuilding their relationships as siblings and band mates, leading to their first new album since 2009.In their heyday, the Jonas Brothers earned two No. 1 albums and sold out shows across three continents, selling over 17 million-plus albums with over 1 billion streams worldwide. The trio announced their reunion earlier this year with their hit single “Sucker,” which has topped 445 million global streams to date. Last month, the group announced their first album since 2009, “Happiness Begins,” set to release June 7 via Republic Records. In addition, they announced details for their 40-city Happiness Begins Tour this summer and fall with special guests Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. They’re also slated to be the musical guests on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend (May 11). Related Eight Charged with Running Illegal TV Show and Movie Streaming Serviceslast_img read more

Analysis finds species diversity driven by tectonics and climate

first_imgHeat maps for the six selected temporal units, using an equal-area grid of 100-km cell size in Behrmann projection. Colors are based on the ordinary Kriging algorithm with 100-km cell size and 200-km interpolation radius performed on grid-specific species richness. Coloration is equal in all maps, scaled to the maximum grid richness of 218 species (Late Miocene, Lake Pannon). Credit: PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 24, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1503992112 Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Land animals proliferate faster than aquatic counterparts The researchers, from the Natural History Museum of Vienna, offer examples of such geodynamics-driven evolution as the development of the Indian monsoon, which was triggered by the collision of the Indian subcontinent with Eurasia causing the uplift of the Himalayas. This paleogeographic-climatic event over 20 million years ago now profoundly affects half of the world’s population. The paper regards hotspots as areas of species richness and their evolution over geologic time. The initiation and demise of continental basins leads to the development and persistence of freshwater and brackish environments, and strongly influences the dispersal, radiation and evolution of marine and nonmarine life. The paper attempts to track the geologic, climatic and physiographic parameters through an examination and regression analysis of marine species diversity in the fossil record.Early Miocene: Around 21 million years ago, there were only three known, fairly small hotspots of species richness. The authors find an increase in diversity that coincides with the rising temperatures after the comparatively cool Oligocene.Middle Miocene: During this period, species richness in Europe increased to a maximum—this occurred at what climatologists refer to as the Middle Miocene Climate Optimum. The changes in speciation were driven by the rise and dissipation of freshwater lake basins; although most declined, a new hotspot on the Balkan Peninsula resulted from the folding of the Dinaride Mountains, accommodating new lakes and species. After the decline, species richness rebounded about 5 million years ago.Late Miocene: All previous European hotspots disappeared, and a very large new one emerged in the Pannonian Basin. A peak in diversity was followed by another major Miocene turnover, with a rise in rates of extinction.Pliocene: The total number of species reached a temporary maximum; this is followed by the extinction of more than 300 species that corresponded with a mid-Pliocene warm period.Pleistocene: Global and regional cooling during this period resulted in a decline in species richness. A number of major long-lived lakes declined, along with the maximum number of species per lake.Recent: The Ice Ages brought glaciation of much of Northern Europe and the Alpine region, and many major lakes and their faunas vanished. Most of the existing lakes emerged after the Last Glacial Maximum, along with their faunas.The researchers demonstrate that the shifts of species richness hotspots throughout time are linked to the development of geologic basins that accommodate long-lived freshwater and brackish environments. They write that “the availability of a persisting, stable geologic basin providing continual freshwater or brackish environments is a prerequisite for hotspot evolution for aquatic gastropods… The rise and demise of species richness hotspots throughout time is tightly related to regional and tectonic phases.” © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org)—Biology often uses the word “hotspot” to characterize a region that gives rise to an abundance of species over a particular time period. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the development of continental aquatic species hotspots is tightly linked to the climatic and geodynamic history of the European continent. More information: “Tectonics, climate, and the rise and demise of continental aquatic species richness hotspots.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 24, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1503992112AbstractContinental aquatic species richness hotspots are unevenly distributed across the planet. In present-day Europe, only two centers of biodiversity exist (Lake Ohrid on the Balkans and the Caspian Sea). During the Neogene, a wide variety of hotspots developed in a series of long-lived lakes. The mechanisms underlying the presence of richness hotspots in different geological periods have not been properly examined thus far. Based on Miocene to Recent gastropod distributions, we show that the existence and evolution of such hotspots in inland-water systems are tightly linked to the geodynamic history of the European continent. Both past and present hotspots are related to the formation and persistence of long-lived lake systems in geological basins or to isolation of existing inland basins and embayments from the marine realm. The faunal evolution within hotspots highly depends on warm climates and surface area. During the Quaternary icehouse climate and extensive glaciations, limnic biodiversity sustained a severe decline across the continent and most former hotspots disappeared. The Recent gastropod distribution is mainly a geologically young pattern formed after the Last Glacial Maximum (19 ky) and subsequent formation of postglacial lakes. The major hotspots today are related to long-lived lakes in preglacially formed, permanently subsiding geological basins. Citation: Analysis finds species diversity driven by tectonics and climate (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-analysis-species-diversity-driven-tectonics.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more