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Removing Nitrogen From The Environment The Natural Way
2013-09-17 12:57:56

University of Illinois Removing nitrogen from the environment "the natural way" by creating a wetland is a long-term, nutrient-removal solution, more cost effective than upgrading a wastewater treatment plant, but it isn't necessarily socially beneficial to offer landowners multiple payments for the environmental services that flow from such wetlands, according to a study conducted at the University of Illinois. "In the areas we studied in Bureau County with small wastewater treatment...

2013-09-12 11:34:04

A team of researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has developed an antibody that could prevent Candida infections that often afflict hospitalized patients who receive central lines. Margaret Hostetter, MD, director of infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children's, and her team developed the antibody, which prevents Candida albicans from binding to heparin, thereby stopping the formation of biofilm in a rat model of catheter-associated infection. A biofilm is a...

Next Generation Of Medicine Could Come From The Oceans
2013-09-02 12:21:36

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are starting to look to the ocean to find the next generation of medications that could help yield a variety of cures. The SeaBioTech project launched in 2012 with the hope of finding raw material for the world's biotechnology industry -- specifically new antibiotics and other medical compounds. “The oceans can be deep or shallow, they can be more or less tidal, and they can include unique environments such as volcanic...

2013-08-30 23:00:37

Checkered Flag Plumbing®, a leader in septic system services in Simi Valley, CA, is offering property owners five new tips on septic system health. Maintaining a septic system properly can lengthen the lifespan of the system and prevent expensive repairs. Simi Valley, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2013 Checkered Flag Plumbing® is giving property owners the ability to keep their septic systems healthy with five new tips associated with septic tanks in Simi Valley, CA. These new tips are...

2013-08-20 23:26:15

MaxWest Environmental Systems, Inc., the leader in biogasification systems for wastewater treatment facilities, has appointed Mabarex, Inc. to represent MaxWest in the Province of Quebec. Sanford, Florida (PRWEB) August 20, 2013 Mabarex is well known in Canada for their experience in the municipal and industrial water and wastewater industries. Mabarex’s water and wastewater experience, along with sludge treatment processes, is a one stop shop for water and sewage treatment....


Latest Environmental soil science Reference Libraries

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Land Degradation
2013-04-02 09:20:15

Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by one or more combination of human-induced processes acting on the land. It is also the gradual destruction or reduction of the quality and quantity of human activities, animal activities or natural means. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or unwanted. Natural hazards are not included in the causes; however, human activities can indirectly affect...

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

Soil Salinity
2013-04-01 11:15:13

Soil salinity is the salt content within the soil; the process of increasing the content of salt is known as salination. Salt is a natural element of water and soils. Salination can be a result of natural processes such as the gradual withdrawal of an ocean or mineral weathering. It can be caused by artificial processes such as irrigation as well. Soils that are affected by salt are a result of excess accumulation of salts, normally most obvious at the surface of the soil. Salts can be...

Dryland Farming
2013-03-15 11:32:48

Dryland farming is farming without the aid of irrigation and only with the amount of rain fall given by Mother Nature. Dryland farming is typical in arid regions such as Southwestern United States, Mexico, the Middle East, and other regions that are known for growing grains. Dryland farming is practiced in all parts of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory. Process Dryland farming involves the constant assessing of the amount of moisture present or lacking for any given...

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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.
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  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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