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2014-04-15 16:22:15

MIAMI, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Miami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of international researchers including FIU Earth and Environment Professor Rene Price. Sea level rise is one of the most certain consequences of climate change. But the speed and long-term height of the rise is one of the great scientific unknowns. Some scientists believe sea level rise is accelerating, some suggest the rate is...

2014-04-15 16:21:59

ROSEBURG, Ore., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Communities for Healthy Forests, Inc. (CHF), with support from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®, Inc. (SFI®), held a ceremony celebrating the restoration of the Douglas Complex fire devastation area. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140415/73275 The Douglas Complex wildfires gripped the State of Oregon in August of 2013, threatening homes, and forcing evacuations and road closures. Approximately 3,000...

2014-04-15 08:35:35

DUBLIN, Apr. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/93773c/gis_market_in ) has announced the addition of the "GIS Market In South Korea" report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) The analysts forecast the GIS market in South Korea to grow at a CAGR of 6.90 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand from the Government...

2014-04-14 12:37:31

West African Nation works with World Health Organization and Others to Implement Proactive Campaign MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The government of Equatorial Guinea has launched a campaign to immunize the nation's children against polio following some recent outbreaks. The first case of polio was detected on February 6, 2014 in the district of Niefang, it was an acute flaccid paralysis diagnosed in a two-year old child who was never...

2014-04-14 12:30:48

DODOcase to launch line of custom designed iPad Air cases, iPad mini cases and iPhone 5/5S cases to support Disneynature's new big-screen adventure film "Bears" and the National Park Foundation. SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DODOcase, the creator of the original book-bound iPad case, announced today its collaboration with Disneynature for the upcoming film "Bears," a new True Life Adventure about a year in the life of a bear family in the Alaska Peninsula. Featuring...

Researchers Decipher Climate Paradox From The Miocene Using Complex Model Simulations
2014-04-14 12:34:00

AWI Scientists of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), have deciphered a supposed climate paradox from the Miocene era by means of complex model simulations. When the Antarctic ice sheet grew to its present-day size around 14 million years ago, it did not get colder everywhere on the Earth, but there were regions that became warmer. A physical contradiction? No, as AWI experts now found out, the expansion of the ice sheet on the Antarctic...

2014-04-14 12:26:01

STE announces SAVE THE EARTH DAY song, guitar auction, co sponsorship of symposium with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, endorses new book EMOTION FOR THE OCEAN PALM DESERT, Calif., April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Save the Earth Foundation (STE) has released SAVE THE EARTH DAY a new song and video with the message that every day is Earth Day. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3VgzBLhIrE to watch and listen. PSA versions of the new song can also be heard on...

stratospheric ozone intrusion
2014-04-11 13:12:51

[ Watch the Video: Ozone-Rich Air Descends From On High ] Kathryn Hansen, NASA's Earth Science News Team Outdoor enthusiasts in Colorado's Front Range are occasionally rewarded with remarkable visibility brought about by dry, clear air and wind. But it's what people in the mountainous U.S. West can't see in conditions like this – ozone plunging down to the ground from high in the stratosphere, the second layer of the atmosphere – that has attracted the interest of NASA scientists,...

noctilucent clouds
2014-04-11 10:36:00

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center First spotted in 1885, silvery blue clouds sometimes hover in the night sky near the poles, appearing to give off their own glowing light. Known as noctilucent clouds, this phenomenon began to be sighted at lower and lower latitudes -- between the 40th and 50th parallel -- during the 20th century, causing scientists to wonder if the region these clouds inhabit had indeed changed -- information that would tie in with understanding the weather...

How To Save Reefs Containing The Most Diversity With Limited Resources
2014-04-11 09:55:31

Wildlife Conservation Society Marine scientists keen on finding patterns of coral decline and persistence in gradually warming oceans have a complex challenge: how to save reefs containing the most diversity with limited resources. In the Western Indian Ocean, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Warwick, the ARC Centre for Excellence of Coral Reef Studies, Simon Fraser University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and other groups have found...


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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