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2014-09-05 16:20:47

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp. of Boulder, Colorado, for the Ozone Mapping and Profiling Suite (OMPS) for flight on the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The JPSS-2 mission is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide global environmental data in low Earth polar...

2014-09-05 08:25:18

BERLIN and KARLSRUHE, Germany, September 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Disy Informationssysteme GmbH will present GIS 2go at INTERGEO 2014. GIS 2go is a novel solution for mobile GIS. It transfers maps from ArcGIS Desktop to an iPad or Android tablet. With the novel GIS-app, users can access their own maps while they are in the field - even without internet connection, e.g. in rural areas. For more information about GIS 2go, visit http://www.gis2go.com. (Logo:...

Is The Fossil Record Too Incomplete?
2014-09-04 03:17:32

University of Bristol Do all the millions of fossils in museums around the world give a balanced view of the history of life, or is the record too incomplete to be sure? This question was first recognized by Charles Darwin and has worried scientists ever since. Methods have been developed to try to identify and correct for bias in the fossil record but new research from the Universities of Bristol and Bath, suggests many of these correction methods may actually be misleading. The...

2014-09-04 12:22:36

ADDIS-ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "Africa is the youngest and fastest-growing continent, with young people that are full of dreams and ambition" President Barack Obama at the US-Africa leadership Summit, WA D.C, August 2014 With the Power Africa Initiative investment extended to $276 billion to reach 60 million beneficiaries, America's role in the economic development of Africa is set to transform the power sector by supporting the...

asteroid visitor
2014-09-04 09:04:03

NASA A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014.  At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC), the asteroid will be roughly over New Zealand.  From its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that the asteroid is about 60 feet (20 meters) in size. Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson,...

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...


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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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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