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Explaining Dune Field Patterns
2012-02-08 05:04:26

In a study of the harsh but beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered a unifying mechanism to explain dune patterns. The new work represents a contribution to basic science, but the findings may also hold implications for identifying when dune landscapes like those in Nebraska´s Sand Hills may reach a “tipping point” under climate change, going from valuable grazing land to barren desert. The study was...

2011-07-13 12:30:00

Five Major Parks In or Near Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Highlighted; Significant and Growing Impact on Beaches, Wildlife, Tourism Revenue and Jobs Detailed. CHICAGO, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five major Great Lakes national parks are already feeling the impact of climate change in the forms of rising temperatures, decreased winter ice, eroding shorelines, spreading disease, and a crowding out of key wildlife and plant life, according to a major new...

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2009-08-27 12:26:20

U.S. scientists have developed an alternate theory for the origin of linear dunes on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, similar to ones on Earth. Louisiana State University Professor Patrick Hesp and U.S. Geological Survey scientist David Rubin said they examined the linear -- or longitudinal -- dunes stretching across the surface of China's Qaidam Basin, finding them composed of sand and some salt and silt. The scientists said the latter two elements make the dunes cohesive or...

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2009-08-25 14:15:00

A new and likely controversial paper has just been published online in Nature Geoscience by LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology Chair Patrick Hesp and United States Geological Survey scientist David Rubin. The paper, "Multiple origins of linear dunes on Earth and Titan," examines a possible new mechanism for the development of very large linear dunes formed on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The authors examined the linear "“ or longitudinal "“ dunes that...

2009-06-11 08:45:00

Wild Dunes Resort Celebrating With 'All Day Unlimited Play' Special Golf Package ISLE OF PALMS, S.C., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Golfers can once again enjoy one of the Charleston area's most acclaimed par-5 finishing holes at Wild Dunes Resort, with the reopening of the famed oceanfront 18th hole of the Links Course on June 12 following a redesign led by golf architect Tom Fazio. The reopening closes the chapter on the beach erosion cycle that temporarily shut down the signature hole that's...

2008-10-06 21:00:17

By Scott Richardson Dominick "Big Knobs" Culjan, a premiere Illinois River fishing guide and good friend, died last year after he fell from a tree stand. With archery season underway, please be careful. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released these tips for deer hunters: - Always wear a safety belt and harness while climbing and sitting in a stand. Remember, 85 percent of tree stand accidents happen when the hunter is climbing or descending the tree; - Maintain a short tether...

2008-08-06 06:00:30

By Mike Weatherford By MIKE WEATHERFORD REVIEW-JOURNAL Frederic Apcar, producer of the long-running "Casino de Paris" and ground-breaking "Vive Les Girls" at the Dunes, died Saturday in Las Vegas. He was 93. The Paris-born producer first made his mark on the Strip in late 1961 with "Vive Les Girls," a lounge-sized revue that boasted a cast of 30. Production values competed with the large French-style revues but in a more intimate setting with more daring choreography and performances...

2008-08-04 15:00:28

By Robert Mitchum, Chicago Tribune Aug. 4--Authorities resumed their search Monday morning for a 13-year-old Chicago boy who presumably drowned Saturday while swimming at a Lake Michigan beach in Indiana. Indiana State Police and officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources searched the area of Porter Beach, near Indiana Dunes State Park, where Raphael Palomar disappeared Saturday afternoon, said IDNR Lt. Jerry Shepherd. Though severe weather delayed the search, officials...

2008-07-19 00:00:22

By James Gilbert, The Sun, Yuma, Ariz. Jul. 18--After completing a second status review of Peirson's milk-vetch plant, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that it should remain listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. "The threatened status means it is likely that the plant will become extinct in the foreseeable future," said Jane Hendron, spokeswoman for the USFWS office in Carlsbad, Calif. The finding of the 12-month status review was posted to the federal...


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Pinnacles National Park
2013-04-24 16:46:42

Pinnacles National Park is located in the state of California in the United States. The park is comprised of 26,606 acres of land that was once inhabited by Native American tribes including the Ohlone people. When Spanish explorers arrived in the area, they brought diseases that nearly wiped out all of the Ohlone people, leaving the area uninhabited until Anglo-Americans arrived in 1865. By the 1880’s, visitors like picnickers and explorers began moving into the area, with the first...

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2010-02-03 15:48:19

Mahakala is a genus of dinosaur from the Campanian age (80 million years ago) of the Upper Cretaceous Period. It was found in the Djadokhta Formation of Mongolia. It is known from a partial skeleton found in the Gobi Desert. Mahakala is named for one of eight deities from Sanskrit in Tibetan Buddhism. Mahakala was a very small dinosaur, only about 2.5 feet in length. Despite its late arrival in the dinosaur era, it has primitive characteristics. Its small size is thought to be an early...

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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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