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Snow on top of sea ice
2014-08-14 03:30:55

George Hale, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Over the past few decades, Arctic sea ice has been retreating, and although research shows a downward trend in snow on land in the Arctic, long-term measurements of snow depth on sea ice have been less clear. But now, new research using data from NASA's Operation IceBridge shows that snow depth on Arctic sea ice has been decreasing over the past several decades, a trend largely owing to later sea ice freeze-up dates in the Arctic. Arctic...

hurricane winds
2014-08-14 10:29:11

Rosalie Murphy, JPL Earth Science and Technology Directorate The ocean covers 71 percent of Earth's surface and affects weather over the entire globe. Hurricanes and storms that begin far out over the ocean affect people on land and interfere with shipping at sea. And the ocean stores carbon and heat, which are transported from the ocean to the air and back, allowing for photosynthesis and affecting Earth's climate. To understand all these processes, scientists need information about winds...

2014-08-14 08:23:24

AbTech Subsidiary AEWS Engineering Selected as Partner to Provide Engineering and Stormwater Design Services for Prince George's County, Maryland SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Abtech Holdings, Inc. (OTC QB: ABHD) ("AbTech" or the "Company"), a full-service environmental technologies and engineering firm providing innovative water pollution and contamination solutions to communities, industry and governments, today announced a major collaboration effort with...

2014-08-13 23:05:25

Neuralog announces the release of its newest E&P Data and Document Management application, Desktop. Desktop is an Esri-based interface for organizing all E&P well and area level data, logs and documents into meaningful global and project views. Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 13, 2014 Neuralog announces the release of its newest E&P Data and Document Management application, Desktop. Desktop is an Esri-based interface for organizing all E&P well and area level data, logs and...

2014-08-13 16:20:50

CARPINTERIA, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen lightweight antennas that self-deploy in 200 milliseconds have been delivered to support Canada's RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) by Astro Aerospace, a strategic business unit of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20121024/LA98563LOGO Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://media.globenewswire.com/noc/mediagallery.html?pkgid=27066. The highly configurable...

2014-08-13 12:23:30

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- StormCon Portland was a huge success. Over the last 13 years we've forged some tremendous relationships within the stormwater community and the industry. More of you then at any previous time attended the event, sharing with us and with each other your technical expertise, successes, frustrations, and insights on an array of surface water-quality issues. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130529/LA22573LOGO StormCon brought together...

Is The Western Wall In Jerusalem Wearing Away?
2014-08-13 03:48:17

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Discovery Of Extreme Erosion Process Could Guide New Preservation Techniques Visitors to the Western Wall in Jerusalem can see that some of its stones are extremely eroded. This is good news for people placing prayer notes in the wall's cracks and crevices, but presents a problem for engineers concerned about the structure’s stability. The Western Wall is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the courtyard of the Jewish Temple in...

2014-08-13 08:22:34

Focus on exploration and production SINGAPORE and PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- -- Net profit for the quarter of $52.3 million -- Refinery and downstream businesses sold to Puma Energy -- $885 million available at June 30, 2014 -- Preparation well advanced for Antelope appraisal wells -- Chris Finlayson, ex-CEO of FTSE100 BG Group appointed Chairman-designate InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC; POMSoX:IOC) has announced another...

2014-08-12 23:12:42

University of Akron Graduate Joshua G. Carpenter has joined KS Associates' Survey Group to provide responsive, quality surveying, mapping and 3D laser scanning services. Elyria, Ohio (PRWEB) August 12, 2014 KS Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, announces the appointment of Joshua G. Carpenter to the firm’s Survey Group. The KS Associates Survey Group provides responsive, quality surveying and 3D laser scanning services to public...

2014-08-12 16:32:53

Launch areas announced for August 18 rollout CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Monday, August 18, ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) will offer Exede® high-speed satellite internet plans that provide households in select locations across the country with virtually unlimited data usage for communications, web browsing, and streaming media. The new "Freedom" plan will be initially offered along portions of the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast; select counties in...


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
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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