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Image 1 - Out Of Africa And Into The American Midwest
2012-01-09 04:48:52

Last of the oak savannas survives at NSF Cedar Creek Long-Term Ecological Research site Grasses bend in the wind, their golden tips tracing arcs across fields that stretch toward the horizon. Sunwashed by a fading evening light, these reedy ballet dancers are central figures in savanna, an ecosystem that covers some 20 percent of Earth's land area. The largest savanna--or grassland with widely spaced trees--is in Africa. But the American Midwest is half a planet away from the...

2010-12-16 16:40:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Coastal Commission today took final action to permanently protect 75 acres of undeveloped land in the southern section of the City of Laguna Beach, known as the Hobo Aliso Ridge. The settlement with Driftwood Properties, LLC addresses the unpermitted clearance of several acres of rare habitat, as well as the unpermitted placement of several thousand sandbags, gravel/dirt berms, drainage pipes, and other development...

2010-06-03 06:50:00

NEW RIVER, Ariz., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- "It's nice to be a prophet," chuckled author James Frayne. Although he completed his new novel long before the controversy over Arizona's immigration law, The Strain Ten Corollary (https://www.createspace.com/3412445) deals with fallout from frustration with the system's inability to protect Arizona's borders from illegal immigrants. In The Strain Ten Corollary (CreateSpace, April 2010, $15.99), the antagonist Abel Townsend is a millionaire biotech...

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2010-04-26 08:02:42

NSF-supported researchers study the germination of plants in the Sonoran Desert to determine the impact of the later arrival of winter rains Global warming is a hot topic, and it's causing concern for scientists studying winter annuals in the Sonoran Desert. While desert winters have become warmer and drier over the years, climate changes have pushed the arrival of winter rains later in the year, forcing winter annual plants like the curvenut combseed (Pectocarya recurvata) to emerge later...

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2009-12-17 08:00:24

Global warming is giving a boost to Sonoran Desert plants that have an edge during cold weather, according to new research. Although the overall numbers of winter annuals have declined since 1982, species that germinate and grow better at low temperatures are becoming more common. "It's an unexpected result -- that global warming has led to an increase in cold-adapted species," said lead author Sarah Kimball, a research associate at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Because the winter...

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2009-06-05 05:43:12

On Thursday, one of the world's wealthiest men, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, launched a joint $100 million project with the Mexican government and the World Wildlife Fund to protect Mexico's environment. "I believe that looking after the environment will be one of the big generators of jobs in the future," Slim told the AFP while on a beach on Mexico's Caribbean island of Cozumel. "Whether there's a crisis or not, the cost of looking after the environment and reducing risks is more...

2008-10-16 15:00:24

DALLAS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonoran Energy, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: SNRN), the independent oil and gas exploration and production company, has successfully reached another milestone in its Central Texas KWB Work program. The program involves the re-entry, re-activation and re-completion of a number of non-producing wells in the Company's KWB field in Tom Green County, Texas. Sonoran's KWB field has reached a production rate of 850 thousand cubic feet (MCF) per day after a...

2008-09-04 12:00:22

The Board of Directors of Nearctic Nickel Mines Inc. (PINK SHEETS: NNMIF) (the "Corporation") announces that 2,526,123 stock options exercisable at $0.75 each previously outstanding have been cancelled and replaced by 2,526,123 stock options issued in favour of the same parties in the same quantities. The new options have a term which expires September 10, 2013. The exercise price of these new options is $0.40. Certain other stock options exercisable at $0.10 each have had their exercise...

2008-07-17 06:00:18

By Andrea Rivera, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 17--None of the participants at a math camp held last week at Sonoran Science Academy could count. They weren't allowed to. At least not in the traditional sense of counting. Counting numbers, but not by counting, was the theme of the seven-day Math, Science Olympiad Program summer camp hosted by Sonoran Science Academy, 2325 W. Sunset Road. Nineteen students from six schools in three states -- Arizona, California and Utah --...

2008-06-20 09:00:44

DALLAS, June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sonoran Energy, Inc. , the independent oil and gas exploration and production company, today announced the completion of the first part of a series of convertible notes in order to secure the necessary funding for the Company's capital program in Texas and Louisiana. The financing has been made by two of the Company's largest share holders. The first tranche consists of $1 Million as a three year convertible note carrying a 10% interest and a fixed...


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Great Basin Shrub Steppe
2013-04-19 20:40:07

The Great Basin shrub steppe ecoregion, located within the Deserts and xeric shrublands Biome, incorporates a variety of xeric shrub-steppe sub-ecoregions in the area of the Great Basin in the Western United States. It’s within the North American Desert area, and includes a great deal of Nevada, northeastern and eastern California east of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range rain shadows, and some parts of Utah and Idaho. The Great Basin Desert and semi-arid non-desert xeric shrubland...

Central tall grasslands
2013-04-19 18:16:33

The Central tall grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the Midwestern United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. It covers a large region of southern Minnesota, most of Iowa, and a small portion of eastern South Dakota and a narrow strip going through eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. The rainfall here is 1,000 millimeters per year, which is higher than most of the Great Plains. The Northern tall grasslands are located to the north and have fewer and different...

Central forest-grasslands transition
2013-04-19 18:13:27

The Central forest-grasslands transition are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a great area that covers 157,000 square miles from central Illinois through the majority of Missouri, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and into Texas. This region was conventionally a mixture of woodland and tall grass prairie, which as the soil is made up of highly fertile mollisols; most of the region has been transformed to farmland. The rainfall...

Central and Southern mixed grasslands
2013-04-19 16:42:25

The Central and Southern mixed grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a vast grassland area with few trees running north to south from central Nebraska through central Kansas and western Oklahoma to north central Texas, covering about 282,000 square kilometers. This is a transition zone between the Central tall grasslands and Central forest-grasslands transition ecoregions towards the east and the Western short...

Columbia Plateau
2013-04-19 16:35:47

The Columbia Plateau ecoregion is a Level III ecoregion designed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington, with little areas over the Washington state border in Idaho. This ecoregion stretches across a wide swath of the Columbia River Basin from the Dalles, Oregon to Lewiston, Idaho to Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian border. It incorporates nearly 500 miles of the Columbia River, as well as the lower reaches of major tributaries....

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