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EARTH: Kamikaze typhoons spared Japan from Kublai Kahn

American Geosciences Institute

Alexandria, VA - In a small lake along the Japanese coast, scientists have found evidence of turbulent waters centuries ago. These telltale signs of severe weather in the geologic record support the legend of the two kamikaze typhoons that protected Japan from Mongol invasion. EARTH Magazine follows University of Amherst geoscientist Kinuyo Kanamaru and his research team as the dig up history in search of signs of the storms. Read more in a new story from EARTH Magazine: http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/kamikaze-typhoons-spared-japan-kublai-khan.

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