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Malaspina Expedition Finds World's Oceans Littered With Microplastics
2014-07-01 11:18:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The result of a 2010 ocean voyage around the world, a new study has found evidence of tiny “microplastics” in five large accumulations across the world -- accumulations that match the five large open-ocean currents called gyres. According to the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, large amounts of these microplastics could be moving through the marine food chain or sinking to the ocean...

2014-07-01 10:00:13

American Society for Horticultural Science Experiments reveal best varieties for high salinity soils Earth-Kind® roses are favorites with gardeners and landscapers. Chosen for their superior tolerance to heat, drought, and pests, as well as their outstanding performance in landscapes, Earth-Kind® roses can thrive in most environments, even with limited care. A new study focused on determining the best Earth-Kind® varieties for withstanding the challenges of salt stress. As...

2014-07-01 08:35:56

DUBLIN, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pxjp8k/commercial) has announced the addition of the "Commercial Satellite Imaging Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2013 - 2019" report to their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 This report analyzes the commercial satellite imaging market on a global basis, with further breakdown into various sub-segments. It provides...

2014-07-01 08:22:08

PALO ALTO, CA, July 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a multi-mission communications satellite to Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT Group. The satellite, Hispasat 1F will be used for a broad range of services in Europe and the Americas. "Hispasat 1F is the third satellite that SSL will build for HISPASAT and we are pleased to welcome our colleagues back to our facility," said...

2014-06-30 23:02:13

Thirty-two organizations, including several well-known think tanks and advocacy organizations, are cosponsoring an event billed as “the world’s largest gathering of global warming skeptics” in Las Vegas July 7–9. The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (#ICCC9) features 60 of the world’s leading scientists and policy experts who are skeptical of man-caused global warming. (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 Number of Sponsors Illustrates Range and Depth of Skepticism about...

Stored Carbohydrates Make Trees More Resistant To Drought
2014-06-30 03:41:47

University of Zurich How well tropical trees weather periods of drought depends on the carbohydrates stored, as revealed by a novel experiment conducted by an international team of researchers headed by ecologists from the University of Zurich in contribution to the University Research Priority Program on “Global Change and Biodiversity”. The findings are extremely important for assessing the resistance of tropical forests to climate change and reforestation. Water is the limiting...

2014-06-30 15:08:17

University of Bristol The impact of the greenhouse gas CO2 on the Earth's temperature is well established by climate models and temperature records over the past 100 years, as well as coupled records of carbon dioxide concentration and temperature throughout Earth history. However, past temperature records have suggested that warming is largely confined to mid-to-high latitudes, especially the poles, whereas tropical temperatures appear to be relatively stable: the tropical thermostat...

2014-06-30 08:24:26

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists from land-grant universities in 12 central U.S. states have entered into a partnership with the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Hypoxia Task Force to support state and national efforts to reduce water pollution and help to maintain the productivity and vitality of American agriculture. The participating land-grant universities include: the University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, University...

emperor penguins
2014-06-30 04:52:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In less than 100 years, global warming’s impact on the sea ice where emperor penguins breed will result in the loss of at least one-fifth of the species’ population, according to new research appearing in the June 29 edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. There are currently 600,000 emperor penguins living in Antarctica and populations in 45 known colonies are expected to increase slightly by 2050 before declining over...

2014-06-30 04:20:50

BEIJING, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, Oscar Cabrera Coca, Minister of the Ministry of Interior of Bolivia, sent a letter of thanks to Kerui Petroleum to express his gratitude for Kerui's international humanitarian assistance to the flood-stricken areas. From January to February, 2014, a continuous storm flood hit Bolivia, and more than 100 cities and 17,000 hectares of farmland were affected by the disaster, which resulted in large casualties and a great shortage of food...


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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This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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