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How Plants Benefit From Forest Fires
2013-04-30 11:18:53

Forest fires are a major cause of plant death and destruction, but they can also be a source of life as some dormant seeds begin to germinate in the aftermath of a raging inferno.

Long-Term Plant-Monitoring Program Digitized By Arizona Researchers
2013-04-30 10:04:51

More than a hundred years of growth data on individual plants has been digitized by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona’s Tumamoc Hill. The team has made this data available for study by people around the globe.

Wildfires Can Burn Hot Without Ruining Soil
2013-04-24 08:52:48

When scientists torched an entire 22-acre watershed in Portugal in a recent experiment, their research yielded a counterintuitive result: Large, hot fires do not necessarily beget hot, scorched soil.

2013-04-12 10:15:07

Airborne imaging technology developed at NASA and transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USFS) in 2012 is being tested to prepare for this year's wildfire season in the western United States.

Bats Undisturbed By Forest Fires
2013-03-08 09:07:56

A survey of local bat populations in burned and unburned areas after a major wildfire in the Sierra Nevada mountains found that there was no evidence of detrimental effects on bats one year after the fire.

161-Year Study Shows Warmer World Causes Earlier Spring Flowering
2013-01-17 09:10:44

Scientists from three universities have found that record temperatures in 2010 and 2012 resulted in the earliest spring flowering season in the eastern United States in more than 160 years.

Invasive Grass May Be Contributing To Extreme Wildfires
2012-12-06 13:33:34

An international team of scientists has revealed that an invasive grass species may be one reason that fires are bigger and more frequent in certain regions of the western U.S.

NASA Says More Wildfires By 2050
2012-12-04 19:40:53

If some NASA climate models hold true, scientists predict the United States will become a drier place over the next 4 decades.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.