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Invasive Species Abound In The River Thames
2012-10-10 05:02:07

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study out of the U.K. points out what many ecosystems of the world have already known. In this new study, scientists from the Queen Mary, University of London, claim that almost 100 non-native freshwater species have successfully invaded the River Thames, making it one of the world´s most highly invaded freshwater systems. Published in the journal Biological Invasions over the weekend, scientists suggest that previous...

Invasive Species Hypotheses Losing Steam And Support
2012-08-23 08:16:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Invasive species cost the world a whopping $1.4 trillion dollars a year. Humans are the main culprit behind the introduction of invasive species such as plants, animals or even microbes. Specific examples of these include zebra mussels in the Hudson River, Burmese pythons in the Florida everglades, giant hogweed in the Czech Republic, and gray squirrels in the UK. Invasive species are responsible for the loss of natural resources...

Record Giant Burmese Python Caught In Florida
2012-08-15 05:50:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Florida's infestation of the Giant Burmese python species has gained even more ground this week, as scientists announced a record has been set in the state for the alien snake species. The biggest Burmese python ever caught in the Florida wilderness has been reported in the Everglades, measuring 17-feet, 7-inches. The snake weighs 165 pounds and was found in Everglades National Park, according to the University of Florida....

2012-08-13 15:39:23

University of Florida researchers curating a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python, the largest found in Florida, discovered 87 eggs in the snake, also a state record. Scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus examined the internal anatomy of the 164.5-pound snake Friday. The animal was brought to the Florida Museum from Everglades National Park as part of a long-term project with the U.S. Department of the Interior to research methods for managing the state´s...

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2012-05-22 17:56:52

Michael Crumbliss for RedOrbit.com This week new research was published that points to seagrasses as a solution to climate change. Seagrass can store up to twice the carbon of the world´s terrestrial forests. The paper, "Seagrass Ecosystems as a Globally Significant Carbon Stock," is the first global analysis of carbon stored in seagrasses and was published in the journal Nature Geoscience.  The research was led by James Fourqurean of Florida International University, in...

Image 1 - Researchers Find Evidence That Pythons Are Eating Bird Eggs
2012-04-07 04:52:03

Burmese pythons, which have already been observed attacking birds in the Florida Everglades, have now been seen eating those birds' eggs directly from the nest, according to new research from the Smithsonian Institution. According to Jennifer Welsh of LiveScience, the study, which has been published in the March issue of the journal Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History, details three cases in which the Smithsonian researchers discovered eggs inside of the pythons,...

Burmese Pythons Taking Over The Everglades
2012-01-31 10:19:47

It has been 12 years since the first reports of giant Burmese pythons invading the Everglades came pouring in, something that most people made light of back in the day. But now, scientists have taken measurements of the real impact this voracious species has made on the local ecosystem and the news is quite troubling. In areas where the invasive pythons have established themselves, marsh rabbits and foxes can no longer be found. Raccoon sightings are down 99 percent, and opossums and...


Latest Everglades Reference Libraries

Everglades National Park
2013-04-18 00:57:02

Everglades National Park is located in the state of Florida in the United States. The park holds 1,508,538 acres of land and holds twenty percent of the original Everglades. This park is the third largest national park in the lower forty-eight states. The area was once inhabited by Native American tribes, like the Calusa and Tequesta peoples, and the Seminole people, a mixture of Creek people, escaped African slaves, and other Native Americans, known as the Seminole Nation. Most of this tribe...

Biscayne National Park
2013-04-17 23:58:18

Biscayne National Park is located in the southern area of Florida in the United States. The park holds 172,971 acres, of which ninety-five percent consists of water. Native Americans first inhabited the area when water levels were low in the Biscayne Bay. Evidence has been found in the area supporting the inhabitance of other Native Americans, like the Tequesta people, from at least 2,500 years ago. European settlement did not occur in the area until the 19th century, when farmers settled on...

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2009-02-28 22:49:00

Paurotis Palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii) also known as Everglades Palm, Madiera Palm, and Silver Saw Palmetto, is a single species of plant from the genus Acoelorrhaphe. It is native to Central America, southeastern Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and extreme southern Florida. It was once plentiful in Florida, but many plants were taken for the nursery trade. It is now protected in Florida in the wild. It grows in swamps and forests that flood periodically. The species is named after the...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.