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World’s Largest Artificial Watershed Has First Rain
2012-11-30 11:23:00

University of Arizona The Landscape Evolution Observatory, manmade hillsides inside the University of Arizona´s Biosphere 2, provides researchers with the first opportunity to study how water, microbes, soil and plants interact in a setting realistic enough to improve global climate models for years to come. Rain in Southern Arizona is scarce and precious to begin with, but the afternoon shower that soaked the soil 25 miles north of Tucson on Nov. 29 was unusual in several ways....

Scientists Present Recent Findings On The Subsurface Biosphere
2012-11-19 14:27:31

National Science Foundation "Who in his wildest dreams could have imagined that, beneath the crust of our Earth, there could exist a real ocean...a sea that has given shelter to species unknown?" So wrote Jules Verne almost 150 years ago in A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Verne probably couldn't have imagined the diversity of life that researchers observe today under the ocean floor. Scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Dark Energy...

2011-09-02 12:00:14

Unleash your inner explorer and accompany USC geobiologist Katrina Edwards as she embarks on an ocean adventure this month – by reading her blog. The blog´s first post can be found online at the Scientific American website at http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/expeditions/2011/08/30/introducing-expedition-336-at-north-pond/. Edwards and her colleague Wolfgang Bach of Bremen University will co-lead a team of more than 100 scientists and support crew for the Center for Dark...

2011-06-28 12:40:00

The Biosphere 2 facility in Oracle Arizona will become the official property of the University of Arizona on July 1. CDO Ranching & Development donated 40 acres of real estate, including the scientific apparatus of Biosphere 2, a state-of-the-art conference center, a 3 megawatt power-generating plant and several other support and administrative buildings. The Philecology Foundation will provide $20 million supporting the ongoing science and operations of the one-of-a-kind research...

2011-04-05 09:30:00

Patrick Lynch, NASA's Earth Science News Team Mary Cleave left the NASA astronaut corps in the early 1990s to make a rare jump from human spaceflight to Earth science. She was going to work on an upcoming mission to measure gradations in ocean color "“ something she had actually seen from low-Earth orbit with her own eyes. From space, differing densities of phytoplankton and algae and floating bits of plant life reveal themselves as so many blues and greens. For Cleave, a former...

2009-12-16 05:16:00

MANILA, Philippines, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectrum Blue Steel's global campaign in 2010 is to help Clean up the World by inspiring communities to go green while deploying Biosphere power plants. This Commitment is Held in partnership with the True Green Energy Group in an effort to clean up landfill sights and turn waste into energy. On December 15, 2009 with more than 350 people in attendance including True Green Energy Group and its affiliates the Ground Breaking ceremony took place...

2009-09-24 09:01:00

MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The 24th International Coastal Cleanup Day opened the eyes of the world to the volume of municipal solid wastes that threaten the world's marine life, contaminated beach waters set the stage for sea lovers to meet and help clean up the problem. The collective efforts of participants during the world wide commiseration of the International Coastal Cleanup Day yielded billions of tons of wastes from the seas and oceans. Ronald Flynn founder of...

2009-08-17 13:09:13

An academic at the University of Southampton has been awarded funding to predict the effects of climate change on soil behavior.Dr Alex Penn at the Science and Engineering of Natural Systems Group at the University's School of Electronics and Computer Science has been awarded a British Council Darwin Researcher Exchange Grant to carry out research into soil ecosystems in Biosphere 2.Biosphere 2 is a 3.15-acre, 12,700 m2 structure originally built to be a man-made, materially-closed ecological...

2009-04-21 16:47:00

MANILA, Philippines, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Biosphere Pilot Facility in the Philippines is set to be installed within a one hectare portion of the existing landfill in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The plan was disclosed by Ruth P. Briones, Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Blue Steel Corporation, during the management committee meeting of the City of San Fernando Biosphere Gasification Project held on April 18, 2009. The site has been officially turned-over to Spectrum Blue...

2009-04-14 09:14:44

Widespread die-off of piñon pine across the southwestern United States during future droughts will occur at least five times faster if climate warms by 4 degrees Celsius, even if future droughts are no worse than droughts of the past century, scientists have discovered in experiments conducted at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2. Their study is the first to isolate the impact of just temperature on tree mortality during drought. The temperature effect is usually...

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2014-01-12 00:00:00

Earth science (or geoscience) is the science of the planet Earth. Earth science can be broken down into four major disciplines, which are: geography, geology, geophysics, and geodesy. These disciplines use physics, chemistry, biology, chronology and mathematics to arrive to a greater understanding of the principal areas of the Earth system. Since Earth is the only known life-bearing planet, Earth science is solely dedicated to the geophysical makeup of our own planet. One discipline,...

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