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2014-07-22 04:20:42

PORTLAND, Ore., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In less than two weeks Portland, Oregon will host StormCon 2014, the largest annual stormwater pollution prevention conference in the country. Improperly managed stormwater runoff can cause flooding and significant erosion, damage streams, and carry excessive nutrients, sediment, metals, volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants downstream. Green infrastructure solutions can supplement our sewer systems to help prevent flooding, at...

2014-07-21 12:24:58

Rebel forces bring tribal warfare within miles of Make Way Partners orphanage BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Make Way Partners, the only indigenously operated relief organization in [North] and South Sudan, fears for one of its orphan facilities following an outbreak of violence incited by rebel forces. The rebel forces have begun an onslaught of mass killings just miles from the New Life Ministry orphanage, which houses over 750 unadoptable South Sudanese children....

2014-07-18 23:06:48

Astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz Inspires a Second Galaxy Menu, Starlit Golf Course Nocturnal Golf has Monkeys and Iguana Audience, and Perfect 10 Package Takes a Ride to Ecological Treasure Coco Island Guanacaste, Costa Rica (PRWEB) July 18, 2014 WHO: FOUR SEASONS RESORT COSTA RICA WHAT: A triplet of Wonders to celebrate the resort’s 10th Anniversary WONDER #1: GASTRONOMY MEETS ASTRONOMY Taste of the Stars: A collaboration with Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz...

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2014-07-18 03:37:38

NASA NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain. Phytoplankton, tiny ocean plants that absorb carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen to Earth’s atmosphere, play a major role in the global cycling of atmospheric carbon between the ocean and the atmosphere. NASA has long used satellites to...

Arctic Lakes Soak Up More Greenhouse Gases Than They Emit: Study
2014-07-18 03:19:15

University of Alaska Fairbanks New University of Alaska Fairbanks research indicates that arctic thermokarst lakes stabilize climate change by storing more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere. Countering a widely-held view that thawing permafrost accelerates atmospheric warming, a study published this week in the scientific journal Nature suggests arctic thermokarst lakes are 'net climate coolers' when observed over longer, millennial, time scales. "Until now, we've...

2014-07-17 12:35:09

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A decade can reflect vast leaps in technology, and that's certainly been the case with satellite Internet - an industry with deep roots in Colorado. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20091216/VIASATLOGO This month marks the 10(th) anniversary of the launch of the Anik F2 satellite, which enabled a new Internet service from WildBlue Communications, an Englewood-based startup. Designed to deliver Internet service for households based outside of...

Scientists Tracking Breakup Of Arctic Summer Sea Ice
2014-07-17 03:27:40

By Hannah Hickey, University of Washington As sea ice begins to melt back toward its late September minimum, it is being watched as never before. Scientists have put sensors on and under ice in the Beaufort Sea for an unprecedented campaign to monitor the summer melt. The international effort hopes to figure out the physics of the ice edge in order to better understand and predict open water in Arctic seas. "This has never been done at this level, over such a large area and for such...

2014-07-17 12:22:22

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA embarks this week on a coordinated ship and aircraft observation campaign off the Atlantic coast of the United States, an effort to advance space-based capabilities for monitoring microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Phytoplankton, tiny ocean plants that absorb carbon dioxide and deliver oxygen to Earth's atmosphere, play a major role in the...

Siberia Yamal Peninsula
2014-07-17 10:01:06

Joshua Garrett for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What could cause an 80 meter hole to form somewhere in northern Siberia? A meteorite strike? Aliens? Cthulhu? Researchers all over the world are scratching their heads over this one, as no one seems to have an answer they are 100 percent sure of. Reported by the Siberian Times, this giant hole of unknown depth appeared rather suddenly in the Yamal Peninsula, which is said to translate as “end of the world,” giving the whole...

2014-07-16 23:11:43

PenBay Solutions is thrilled to be recognized together with the City of New York Fire Department for a 2014 Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award. The award will presented on Wednesday, July 16th at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 PenBay Solutions, the leading developer of GIS-based facility management and public safety software, and the City of New York Fire Department (FDNY) were selected out of 100,000 Esri clients...


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
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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