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2012-11-20 13:44:13

The ocean provides 95% of the habitable space on Earth and harbors a vast diversity of life.

Ocean May Contain One Million Species Or More
2012-11-16 12:36:12

A vast undertaking has been launched to catalog the life that inhabits our world’s oceans. For the first time, a comprehensive register of marine species has been compiled. This effort was part of a massive collaboration among hundreds of experts around the globe.

Ecuador To Drop 20 Tons Of Poison On Galapagos To Kill Rats
2012-11-16 07:54:47

For decades, conservationists have been vying to protect the native bird and reptile species of the Galapagos Archipelago, many of which are exclusively found here and nowhere else.

Tropical Mangrove Forests Must Be Saved
2012-11-15 05:35:11

Tropical mangrove forests, which have one foot on land and one foot in the sea, are being decimated by human activity and need to be approached with sustainability in mind.

Alpine Glaciers Important For Carbon Cycle 091812
2012-09-18 12:19:01

Recently, an international collaboration headed by Tom Battin from the Department of Limnology at the University of Vienna looked at an little-studied example of a carbon cycle. His team’s task was to explore and determine the role of Alpine glaciers in the carbon-cycling process. Glaciers are, in effect, nature’s freezers. Items that were deposited into the glaciers over several millennia became locked in a frozen tomb. And it is only on account of unprecedentedly rapid glacial melt...

Biodiversity Abounds In Madidi National Park
2012-09-14 04:45:24

At the IUCN World Conservation Congress, it was announced that the Madidi National Park, located in the remote Northwestern region of Bolivia, may be the most biologically diverse location on the globe.

Deforestation Reduces Rainfall
2012-09-06 10:45:47

Tropical rainfall can be significantly affected by deforestation, a new study finds, which can have potentially devastating impacts for people living in and near the Amazon and Congo forests.


Latest Biogeography Reference Libraries

Hispaniolan Pine, Pinus occidentalis
2014-02-26 08:30:03

Hispaniolan pine (Pinus occidentalis) is found largely on the Caribbean island Hispaniola growing on the slopes. Hispaniolan pine forests can be found on the island of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the mountain range. The Hispaniolan pine can grow in mixed stands of trees with other broadleaf trees at elevations between 2789 and 6890 feet and in pure stands from 6890 feet up to 10,420 feet. These trees are also found in the lowlands growing in acidic soil that is rich in iron and...

Avocado Tree, Persea americana
2014-02-14 16:17:00

Persea americana is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lauraceae family. It is widely known as the Avocado tree. P. americana is a tree that grows up to 66 feet tall. It has alternately arranged leaves that measure about 5 to 10 inches long. Its flowers are tiny and greenish-yellow, measuring .2 to .4 inches in diameter. The tree’s popular, pear shaped green fruit measures 2.8 to 7.9 inches long and weighs between 3.5 and 35 ounces. It contains a single large seed, measuring 2 to 2.5...

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...

Great Basin Shrub Steppe
2013-04-19 20:40:07

The Great Basin shrub steppe ecoregion, located within the Deserts and xeric shrublands Biome, incorporates a variety of xeric shrub-steppe sub-ecoregions in the area of the Great Basin in the Western United States. It’s within the North American Desert area, and includes a great deal of Nevada, northeastern and eastern California east of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range rain shadows, and some parts of Utah and Idaho. The Great Basin Desert and semi-arid non-desert xeric shrubland...

Mulga Lands
2013-04-19 20:34:07

The Mulga Lands are an interim Australian bioregion out of eastern Australia made up of dry and sandy plains that are scattered with mulga trees. Located in inland New South Wales and Queensland these are level plains with some low hills and infertile sandy soil with a cover of shrubs and grasses with mulga and eucalyptus trees. The region incorporates regions of wetland, the majority of which are only seasonally flooded, these include Lake Numalla and Lake Wyara, the Currawinya Lakes,...

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  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
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