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Environmental Science
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Environmental science is a science that contains a wide range of scientific disciplines. These disciplines are grouped together based on the natural environment which they encompass and interact with. These sciences include physical, chemical, and biological components. Environmental science provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environmental systems. The most common way...

Biology
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Biology is the study of living organisms. Before the 19th century, biology was known as natural history (the study of all living things). Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus was the first person to coin the term biology. Biology comes from the Greek words bios (meaning "life") and logia (meaning "study of"). It is a common science that is a standard subject in schools and universities around the...

Ivory Gull
2009-04-01 14:08:45

The Ivory Gull (Pagophila eburnea) is a species of bird that breeds in the high arctic and typically found through Greenland, northernmost North America, and Eurasia. It is a short distance migratory species with most of the population wintering further south at the edge of the pack ice. Some birds may winter in more temperate regions. The adult is 17 inches in length. It is more...

Bonytail Chub
2009-01-13 19:58:20

The Bonytail Chub (Gila elegans) is a species of freshwater fish native to certain areas of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah in the United States. Bonytail chub prefer backwaters with rocky or muddy bottoms and flowing pools, although they have been reported in swiftly moving water. They are mostly restricted to rocky canyons today, but were historically abundant in the wide...

Australasian Gannet
2008-11-29 19:40:10

The Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator), also known as the Australian Gannet, or Tākapu, is a large seabird found along the coastal islands around Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand. These birds have been increasing in numbers since 1950, although some colonies have decreased in size, and others have disappeared all together. Adults have a white body with dark wing tips. The head is...

Cape Gannet
2008-11-29 19:38:09

The Cape Gannet (Morus capensis, formerly Sula capensis), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. The breeding range is restricted to three islands off Namibia and three islands off South Africa. They normally nest in large and dense colonies on flat islands or flat ledges. In 1996, this bird's population was estimated at 340,000 individuals with the largest colony found on Malgas...

Northern Gannet
2008-11-29 19:35:41

The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly Sula bassana), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. They range through the North Atlantic. They are commonly found in large colonies, on cliffs overlooking the ocean or on small rocky islands. There is a one colony of this bird on Bonaventure island, Quebec with a total population of over 60,000 birds. More than half of the entire...

Neotropical River Otter
2008-05-05 23:30:48

The Neotropical River Otter (Lontra longicaudis), is a species of otter found in Central America, South America and the island of Trinidad. It is found in many different riverine habitats, including deciduous and evergreen forests, savannas, llanos and pantanal. It is possible that this species prefers to live in clear, fast-flowing rivers and streams, and is probably rare in sluggish,...

Star-nosed Mole
2007-10-24 12:38:27

The Star-nosed Mole (Condylura cristata), is a small mole found in eastern Canada and the north-eastern United States. It is found in wet lowland areas where it lives on invertebrates, aquatic insects, worms, and mollusks. It is a very good swimmer and can forage along the bottoms of streams and ponds. It is active at day and night and throughout the winter. It will tunnel through snow and also...

Bearded Seal
2007-10-23 16:48:25

The Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), or Square Flipper Seal, is a seal found in or near to the Arctic Ocean. Its most characteristic feature is the whiskers on its face. When dry, the whiskers curl up giving the bearded seal a raffish look. Other distinguishable features are the square fore-flippers and thick bristles pn their muzzles. Adults are grayish-brown in color, darker on the...

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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