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2012-01-29 11:51:43

In response to climate change, will a postage-sized-domain move uphill--and ultimately out of room? Climate change is on your porch and in your backyard and living room--anywhere you bedeck with flowering plants. Global warming affects favorite flowers of garden and vase. This is true of plants around the world, including the proteas and the pelargoniums native to South Africa. Pelargoniums are wild ancestors of common geraniums. Proteas, with their vase-shaped bracts surrounding...

Image 1 - Climate Change To Blame For Dead African Trees
2011-12-12 10:20:24

Trees are dying in the Sahel, a region in Africa south of the Sahara Desert, and human-caused climate change is to blame, according to a new study led by a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. "Rainfall in the Sahel has dropped 20-30 percent in the 20th century, the world's most severe long-term drought since measurements from rainfall gauges began in the mid-1800s," said study lead author Patrick Gonzalez, who conducted the study while he was a visiting scholar at UC...

2010-06-08 07:05:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Penrose Press is proud to announce the release of the experimental beta-test version of a new board game - Serengeti. The Serengeti Game is the first game to employ the 'predator-prey' game mechanics developed by Ray Lauzzana in 2009. This mechanism controls movement across a node network connected by directional vectors. The movement may only pass along the direction of the vectors at a cost indicated on the nodes. The game simulates the...

2008-09-11 09:00:32

Serengeti Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE: SIR) is pleased to report continued excellent results from the Central Zone and the best results to date on the South Zone from the 2008 drill program at its 100% owned Kwanika copper-gold property in BC. "Hole K-113 clearly demonstrates the exceptional grade and widths present in the heart of the Central Zone at Kwanika intersecting 0.5% copper, 0.9 g/t gold over 482.5 meters," stated President & CEO David Moore. "We have also intersected the...

2008-06-15 09:00:18

Serengeti Resources Inc. (TSX VENTURE: SIR) is pleased to report the results of the next batch of holes from its 2008 drill program currently underway on its 100% owned Kwanika copper-gold property, British Columbia. "Drilling continues to expand the central copper-gold zone with excellent grades being encountered at the upper contact," stated President & CEO David Moore. "K-89, the western-most hole also suggests that the mineralized zone may come closer to surface in this direction....

2005-12-09 11:15:00

By Daniel Flynn DAKAR -- Signs a three-decade long drought in Africa's arid Sahel belt may be ending could herald an increase in hurricanes battering the eastern seaboard of the United States, a leading climatologist in West Africa said. Hurricanes which pummel the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico each year often start their lives thousands of kilometres to the east as black storm clouds which cross the Sahel from the mountains of Chad or Sudan. "Many of the hurricanes which reach Florida or...

2005-10-17 08:57:22

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rainfall over parts of Africa's Sahel appears to be rising but its greening could prove a mixed blessing if the population surges as a result and drought follows, a leading ecologist said on Monday. "Climate change models suggest the Sahel should be getting drier but observations suggest it is currently getting wetter," Jon Lovett of the University of York in Britain told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference on climate change in Johannesburg. "This could...


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Micro Frog, Microbatrachella Capensis
2013-07-16 12:33:22

The Micro Frog (Microbatrachella capensis) is a minute species of frog belonging to the Pyxicephalidae family, in the monotypic genus Microbatrachella. At about .71 inches long, it is one of the smallest regional species. Its color varies from rufous brown with dark mottling, to tan or green, depending on the population. It is native to the south-western Cape area of South Africa, with a single population located on the Cape Flats of Cape Town and a series of populations on the eastern...

Al Hajar Mountains
2013-04-19 20:58:17

The Hajar Mountains, which is Arabic for stone mountains, is located in northeastern Oman and the eastern United Arab Emirates are the highest mountain range within the eastern Arabian Peninsula. Lying 50 to 100 kilometers inland from the Gulf of Oman coast, they divide the low coastal plain of Oman from the high desert plateau. The mountains start in the north, creating the Musandam peninsula. From there, the Northern Hajjar runs southeast, parallel to the coast but also moving gradually...

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2009-07-01 11:55:58

The Afrotropic is one of eight ecozones found on Earth. It includes Africa (south of the Sahara Desert), the southern and eastern borders of the Arabian Peninsula, the island of Madagascar, southern Iran and outermost southwestern Pakistan, and the islands of the western Indian Ocean. The Afrotropic was previously known as the Ethiopian Zone. The Afrotropic has mostly a tropical climate, except for Africa's far-southern region. The Afrotropic borders the Palearctic ecozone to the north, which...

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Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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