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Bechstein's Bat Is Forest Specialist
2013-05-28 15:54:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study sheds a little light on the origins of the Bechstein's bat, which tends to be thought of as a Euro-Siberian species. The Bechstein's bat is distributed from the Iberian Peninsula to the Caucasus, and is even seen as far south as Scandinavia. Moreover, the species is regarded as rare, despite its abundance in the fossil records of the late Pleistocene and Holocene periods. Fossil records show that the start and...

2012-04-25 11:38:38

Researchers at the University of Granada Department of Botanic have participated in an international study that has confirmed that global warming is causing plants to migrate to higher altitudes. The study, recently published in Science, analyzed species diversity shifts in 66 summits of 17 European ranges between 2001 and 2008. In the Iberian Peninsula, two target regions were selected in the Pyrenees (Ordesa) and Sierra Nevada (Granada). Researchers found that the species under study had...

2012-04-20 09:39:16

A pan-European study published in Science shows that mountain plants across the continent are moving to higher altitudes. This often results in raised species numbers on mountain tops, when colonizers from lower down start to dwell on the summits. This study, however, also shows that upward shifts can lead to a reduction in species richness. The paper is based on detailed surveys of 66 mountain summits distributed between the north of Europe and the southern Mediterranean Sea. An...

2012-01-04 11:43:58

The Bechstein´s bat or Myotis bechsteinii lives in deciduous forests. It used to be very common in the Holocene era, but today there are only a few dispersed groups, despite the fact that a colony can be found almost anywhere in Europe. It has been rendered vulnerable by human interference and forest destruction. And this has even led to confusion about its origin, as the biologist María Napal has shown. In fact, the natural habitat of the Bechstein´s bat is said to be...

2011-03-02 21:23:54

A team of scientists has described two cladocerous crustaceans, which could be endemic to the Iberian Peninsula, and which were found in two lagoons, one in the lower basin of the Guadalquivir river, and the other in the grasslands of Extremadura. Both of these arthropods may today inhabit more areas in the Mediterranean region. "These two new crustaceans (Leydigia) are a species of living fossil and are very powerful bio-geographic and historical indicators", Miguel Alonso, one of the...

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2009-07-30 09:50:00

An international research team has developed a mathematical and cartographical model that make it possible to view how Mediterranean landscapes evolve in the aftermath of forest fires. In order to carry out this research study, published recently in the journal Environmental Modelling & Software, the authors studied a Special Protection Area for Birds to the south west of Madrid."We have developed a model that shows on maps how various types of plants develop in a Mediterranean landscape,...

2009-03-17 12:33:00

SAN ANTONIO, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- With a hard-earned U.S. Department of Agriculture signoff now in hand, TreeswithMeaning.com becomes one of the first companies in the U.S. approved to bring living olive trees from Israel to the North American market. For owners--and brothers--Bruno and Jerome Schneider, building the company was an intricate business challenge requiring four years of negotiations, planning and inspired persistence. The Schneiders organized a small, elite family of...

2009-02-18 08:15:00

In the first systematic analysis of threats to the biodiversity of the world's mediterranean-climate regions, scientists at The Nature Conservancy and UC Davis report that these conservation hotspots are facing significant and increasing pressure. The study, which appears in this week's edition of the journal Diversity and Distributions, is part of a global conservation assessment of the rare mediterranean biome."Throughout human history, the mild climates of mediterranean regions have...

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2009-01-22 11:12:14

Biological invasions are one of the major threats to biodiversity and in many cases they have considerable impact on economy and human health. For their effective management it is important to understand which areas and ecosystems are at the highest risk of being invaded. The first map of the level of alien plant invasions in European Union was published in the Wiley-Blackwell journal Diversity and Distributions. An international team of Czech, Spanish and British plant ecologists...

2007-02-14 09:00:46

By Griffin, David L Abstract: This paper is based on the concept that the drainage system of c. 7.5-4.6 Ma is still reflected in the geomorphology of northeastern Chad and adjacent areas of Libya. During the Messinian and early Pliocene a large lake was present in the Chad Basin that is termed Neogene Lake Chad. It fluctuated in size in response to the precessional cycle and at times overflowed to the east, NE or north, giving rise to the Sahabi rivers. The Eosahabi flowed during the...


Latest Mediterranean Basin Reference Libraries

Adriatic Sea
2013-04-18 22:08:38

The Adriatic Sea is a body of water dividing the Italian Peninsula from the Balkan Peninsula and the Apennine Mountains from the Dinaric Alps and neighboring ranges. This sea is the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, stretching from the Strait of Otranto to the northwest and the Po Valley. It contains over 1300 islands, mainly located along the eastern, Croatian, coast. Its divided into three basins, the northern one being the shallowest and the southern one being the deepest; a...

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2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe to the Bering Sea. There are five sub-regions of the Palearctic: European-Siberian, Mediterranean...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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