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2010-02-17 08:30:00

The southern limit of permanently frozen ground, or permafrost, is now 130 kilometers further north than it was 50 years ago in the James Bay region, according to two researchers from the Department of Biology at Universit© Laval. In a recent issue of the scientific journal Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, Serge Payette and Simon Thibault suggest that, if the trend continues, permafrost in the region will completely disappear in the near future. The researchers measured the retreat...

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2009-09-08 09:00:21

Peat has been a major component of substrates used in container plant production since the 1960s. Highly porous with the capacity to hold water, peat makes an ideal rooting and growing medium for potted plants. But harvesting peat (and draining valuable peatlands in the process) releases the carbon stored in peat into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. And because peat plays an important role in wetland ecosystems"”peat bogs improve groundwater quality and are unique habitats for wild...

2009-09-01 14:46:19

Organizers of the annual World Bog Snorkeling Championship in Wales said more than 150 people turned out to brave a pair of 60-yard trenches. Gordon Green, 74, the mastermind behind the Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, event, said more than 150 people donned flippers, masks and snorkels Monday to make their way through the bog, The Sun reported Tuesday. You have to swim but actually that takes the form of a doggy paddle in a snorkel, mask and flippers, said Green's wife, Diana, 66, who was among the...

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2008-11-06 09:40:00

Carbon release from desiccated bogs will speed up the rate of global warming Billions of tons of carbon sequestered in the world's peat bogs could be released into the atmosphere in the coming decades as a result of global warming, according to a new analysis of the interplay between peat bogs, water tables, and climate change. Such an atmospheric release of even a small percentage of the carbon locked away in the world's peat bogs would dwarf emissions of manmade carbon, scientists at...

2008-09-08 15:00:50

By Rob Edwards Environment Editor A MAJOR opencast coal mining company has been reported to the police for allegedly breaching planning conditions and damaging an internationally important peat bog in Ayrshire. ATH Resources has been accused of failing to prevent a "bog burst" during an expansion of its Grievehill mine near New Cumnock. The "bog burst" saw an area of peatland, under legal protection because of the wildlife it supports, collapse into the mine. The coal industry remains...

2008-08-25 21:00:21

By ANNE LUCEY UP to 30,000 people were without water yesterday after a bog landslide polluted water courses and threatened reservoirs. Boil notices were issued following the soil slip in Kerry's Stack's Mountains. According to council estimates the problem could continue for some time. Anglers expressed dismay at the pollution of the rivers Feale and Smearlagh, and Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris called for a "thorough investigation into the causes." Wildlife including the protected hen...

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2008-08-20 10:05:00

Scientists have found that the ground is drying out in a 13,700-year-old peat bog, just another sign, they say, of the Earth's warming climate. Ecologist Ed Berg says the peat bog is turning into forest. "There has been a big change," Berg said. Core samples taken from the bog show moss nearly 22 feet under the ground, with no sign of trees or shrubs growing here for centuries, Berg said. The bog could be covered by black spruce trees during the next 50 years, he said. Alaska is one state,...

2008-08-03 06:00:14

By Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. Aug. 3--ASHLAND -- After ducking under a low bridge, students entered a world of water "roads" earlier this week in the Kakagon Sloughs. The sloughs in Ashland are known as the "everglades of Wisconsin." The high-school students were there to learn to walk a bog. They were part of the Lake Superior Pathfinders camp, a summer environmental and social justice program put on by Northland College and the Sigurd Olson Environmental...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

By Susan Kuczka, Chicago Tribune Jun. 18--Fox Waterway Agency workers temporarily staked three massive floating bogs to the Grass Lake shoreline Tuesday, preventing a potentially dangerous backup of floodwater from the Fox River. The bogs had broken off from the Chain O' Lakes State Park and Conservation Area. "The thing is huge," said Ingrid Ruttendjie, the agency's executive director, after taking a boat tour of the land mass that had plugged the channel connecting Glass Lake and Lake...

2006-07-30 20:05:37

By Kevin Smith DUBLIN (Reuters) - Life in the Iron Age may have been nasty, brutish and short but people still found time to style their hair and polish their fingernails -- and that was just the men. These are the findings of scientists who have been examining the latest preserved prehistoric bodies to emerge from Ireland's peat bogs -- the first to be found in Europe for 20 years. One of the bodies, churned up by a peat-cutting machine at Clonycavan near Dublin in 2003, had...


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Young Kerry Bog Pony
2014-04-17 12:16:10

The Kerry Bog Pony originated in Ireland, possibly a descendent of the Irish Hobby Horse, originally inhabiting the peat bogs of County Kerry, southwest Ireland. Although the exact origin of the Kerry Bog Pony is unknown, images from a 1617 book show similarities to the Irish Hobby as well as the Kerry Bog of today. The pony was initially used for transporting peat and kelp from the bog over a variety of terrain. Some were used to pull carts and others were for harness. When they were not...

Wetland
2013-04-19 18:19:23

A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the traits of a distinct ecosystem. First and foremost, the factor that distinguishes the wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the unique vegetation that has adapted to its characteristic soil conditions. The wetland consists mostly of hydric soil, which is supportive of aquatic plants. The water that is found in wetlands can be saltwater, brackish, or freshwater....

Southern Bog Lemming, Synaptomys cooperi
2012-07-27 12:32:47

The southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) is native to North America, and its range overlaps with that of the Northern Bog Lemming in southeastern Canada. It prefers a habitat within wetlands, grasslands, and mixed forests in eastern North America. It once held two subspecies, the Kansas and Nebraska, bog lemmings, but these are now extinct. The southern bog lemming can reach an average body length of 5.1 inches and a weight of around 1.2 ounces. Its body is round with contrastingly...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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