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arctic ocean sea ice nasa
2014-09-04 03:00:24

Maria-José Viñas, NASA’s Earth Science News Team One of the most visible signs of climate change in recent years was not even visible at all until a few decades ago. The sea ice cap that covers the Arctic Ocean has been changing dramatically, especially in the last 15 years. Its ice is thinner and more vulnerable – and at its summer minimum now covers more than 1 million fewer square miles than in the late 1970s. That’s enough missing ice to cover Alaska, California and Texas....

2014-09-04 08:24:01

WEST CHESTER, Ohio, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- West Chester-based Contech Engineered Solutions announced today that it has acquired the assets of Filterra Bioretention Systems from Americast, Inc. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20120208/CL49625LOGO The purchase includes the Filterra product line and all related intellectual property. The Filterra system is an advanced stormwater treatment technology that utilizes enhanced bioretention for the removal of pollutants from...

2014-09-03 23:12:50

-40°C to +125°C operating temperature range now available in 2.5mm x 3.2mm low profile ceramic SMD package Costa Mesa, CA (PRWEB) September 03, 2014 Ecliptek Corporation has improved its ability to support extended temperature range crystal applications with the addition of the new EA2532 series. Designed for extreme temperature performance, this new product is available in a multitude of configurations, including the -40°C to +125°C operating temperature range up to...

2014-09-03 23:09:53

InterDev, an Atlanta-area provider of information technology and security services, today announced that URISA, an international organization dedicated to fostering excellence in GIS, has honored the firm’s custom GIS solution for Brookhaven, GA with its Distinguished System award in the Enterprise Systems category. For the project, InterDev GIS Analyst Mike Edelson led a team that developed a fully-functional, accurate, dependable ESRI-driven environment―with an integrated web...

Sierra Nevada snowpack
2014-09-03 02:00:01

Laura Rico, University of California - Irvine The cause? Increased high-elevation plant growth fueled by climate warming Freshwater runoff from the Sierra Nevada may decrease by as much as one-quarter by 2100 due to climate warming on the high slopes, according to scientists at UC Irvine and UC Merced. Accelerated plant growth at higher elevations caused by increasing temperatures would trigger more water absorption and evaporation, accounting for the projected runoff declines, the...

2014-09-03 08:23:51

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jim Jones, Head of US EPA's TSCA program and Ben Dunham, Senior Advisor to the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, will give their insider's view of the chances for toxic chemical reform in Congress at this year's Green Chemistry Conference, September 16 in San Francisco. The Green Chemistry Conference will also focus on the regulatory developments that businesses are facing, not only on the state level, but Nationally and...

ocean garbage
2014-09-03 06:35:54

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia have developed a new model which divides the world’s oceans into seven primary regions that experience little intermingling of water, but their research has also revealed the existence of flotillas of garbage located in large, circular ocean currents known as gyres. One of those trash flotillas, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is a region of environmental concern...

2014-09-02 16:22:43

MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kibush Capital Corporation (OTC: DLCR) announced today the signing of an Agreement with the leaseholders of Mining Lease ML369 located at Bitoi River, Wae, Papua New Guinea for the development and commercialization of the area. It provides for the parties to make an application to the Resource Mining Authority for an approved Alluvial Mining Lease. The leases cover approximately 4 hectares of Alluvial Resource and are located in an...

Wolf Spiders Feasting On American Toads Due To Invasive Grass
2014-09-02 03:57:51

By Sandi Martin, University of Georgia An invasive grass species frequently found in forests has created a thriving habitat for wolf spiders, who then feed on American toads, a new University of Georgia study has found. Japanese stiltgrass, which was accidentally introduced to the US in the early 1900s, is one of the most pervasive invasive species and has spread to more than a dozen states in the past century, particularly in the Southeast. Typically found along roads and in forests,...

2014-09-01 23:04:04

University of Hawaii, The Great Pacific Race and Project Kaisei collaborate on Fukushima disaster study. Honolulu , Hawaii (PRWEB) September 01, 2014 Final contestants of the Great Pacific Race reached Honolulu last weekend after a 2,400-mile adventure that started in Monterey, California over two months ago. Great Pacific Race support boat Captain Rod Mayer, took water samples at various points along the course as directed by the University of Hawaii and Project Kaisei, contributing to...


Latest Earth Reference Libraries

Sri Lanka cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions. C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they...

Erik The Red
2014-01-06 11:48:00

Known as Erik the Red, Erik Thorvaldsson is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition signifies that he was born in Rogaland, Norway. The designation “the Red” probably refers to his hair or his beard color. Leif Ericson, the well-known Icelandic explorer, was Erik’s son. When Erik the Red’s father was exiled from Norway due to manslaughter, he sailed west from Norway accompanied by...

Desert greening
2013-04-25 16:10:03

Desert greening is made up of any number of methods used to revitalize deserts. So far, only arid and semi-arid desert are meant when using this expression. The icy deserts and other types are considered to be unsuitable. The different methods include landscaping methods to reduce evaporation, erosion, consolidation of topsoil, temperature, sandstorms and more, permaculture in general, planting trees, regeneration of salty, polluted, or degenerated soils, floodwater retention and...

Mudflats
2013-04-19 21:07:34

Mudflats, or otherwise known as tidal flats, are coastal wetlands that form when mud is left behind by tides or rivers. They’re found in sheltered regions such as bayous, lagoons, estuaries, and bays. Mudflats might be seen geologically as exposed layers of bay mud, a result from the deposition of estuarine silts, marine animal detritus, and clays. The majority of the sediment in a mudflat is within the intertidal zone, therefore the flat is submerged and exposed about twice per day. In...

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....

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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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