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2013-04-03 12:22:46

DAVIS, Calif., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As spring temperatures go up, it's an excellent time for farmers, ranchers and gardeners to focus their attention down to the soil below them. A spring check-up of your soil's health gives clues of your ground's ability to feed plants, hold water, capture carbon and more. No fancy equipment required. Just grab a spade or shovel and prepare your senses to dig a little and learn a lot. "It doesn't matter what kind of landowner you are,"...

2013-03-01 08:20:13

Wisconsin drivers from cities small and large visit GOAutoPlus.com for used cars in Wisconsin. GREEN BAY, Wis., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Buying a used car can be an intimidating situation, especially if prospective car buyers are unfamiliar with the process or with the dealerships in their area. Auto resource GOAutoPlus.com is designed to bring Wisconsin shoppers the best dealerships and used cars in Merrill WI to used cars in Fond du Lac WI. The benefits of buying a used...

Siberia Could Experience Widespread Permafrost Thaw Due To Global Warming
2013-02-23 09:07:48

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online More evidence is pointing to the nightmare scenario that global warming is taking a toll on our planet. Oxford University scientists say that a global temperature rise of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit could thaw the ground over a large area of Siberia, threatening the release of carbon from soil. If the thawing of Siberia's permafrost occurs, it could see that over 1,000 gigatons of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane are...

Arctic Permafrost Melt Releasing Carbon Dioxide At Unprecedented Rate
2013-02-12 09:23:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Editor's note (Feb 16): This story earlier reported that thermokarst failures were occurring do to permafrost melt. However, permafrost doesn't melt, it thaws. The changes have been made to this story to reflect that. Researchers studying Arctic thermokarst failures in Alaska were alarmed to find climate-warming carbon dioxide gas may be releasing into the atmosphere at an unprecedented rate. This release is being caused by...

Understanding Travel Patterns Of Microbes Blowing In The Wind
2013-02-07 09:32:18

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) With help from a wind tunnel and the latest DNA technology, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are shedding light on the travel patterns of microbes in soils carried off by strong winds. The work has implications for soil health and could lead to management practices that minimize the damage to soils caused by wind erosion. Wind erosion is an emerging issue in soil conservation efforts. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists...

2013-01-29 12:25:34

TIFTON, Ga., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Who's Who/- Sherry Carlson is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of Scientific Research. Sherry is a Resource Soil Scientist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. As a Resource Soil Scientist, Sherry's responsibilities include technical soil services such as wetland determinations for USDA program participants and the dissemination of soil survey maps and land-use interpretations...

2013-01-29 09:52:38

Scientists have developed a new way to rescue the Bogong High Plains and their endangered alpine wetlands from invading European willows. The new strategy calls for an exclusive focus on eradicating willows within the threatened bogs — patches of muddy ground where the soil is always wet, says Dr Joslin Moore from the National Environmental Research Program´s (NERP) Environmental Decisions Hub and the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. “After a severe bushfire burned out...

Chiton Teeth Inspire Solar Cell, Lithium-ion Improvements
2013-01-17 05:50:53

[ Watch the Video: Using Snail Teeth to Improve Solar Cells and Batteries ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering is using the teeth of a coastal California marine snail to create less costly and more efficient nanoscale materials in an effort to improve solar cells and lithium-ion batteries. Published in the recent issue of Advanced Functional Materials, assistant professor of...

2013-01-07 10:10:40

Berkeley Lab research could lead to a better understanding of the Arctic ecosystem´s impact on the planet's climate What does pulling a radar-equipped sled across the Arctic tundra have to do with improving our understanding of climate change? It´s part of a new way to explore the little-known world of permafrost soils, which store almost as much carbon as the rest of the world´s soils and about twice as much as is in the atmosphere. The new approach combines several...

Increasing Shrubs Reduce The Positive Climate Contribution Of Peatlands
2012-12-26 05:44:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Bogs and mires are important ecosystems that also play an important role the storage of global atmospheric carbon emissions. According to a study in Nature Climate Change, the peat mosses, which are found in boglands and drive the production of peat, are being outcompeted by vascular plants, resulting in bog degradation. In the study, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) closely...


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Wetland
2013-04-19 18:19:23

A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the traits of a distinct ecosystem. First and foremost, the factor that distinguishes the wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the unique vegetation that has adapted to its characteristic soil conditions. The wetland consists mostly of hydric soil, which is supportive of aquatic plants. The water that is found in wetlands can be saltwater, brackish, or freshwater....

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