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It's All About Being Fat And Flexible For Corals Adapting To Climate Change
2014-07-10 03:47:46

By Pam Frost Gorder, Ohio State University Study suggests best targets for environmental conservation The future health of the world's coral reefs and the animals that depend on them relies in part on the ability of one tiny symbiotic sea creature to get fat—and to be flexible about the type of algae it cooperates with. In the first study of its kind, scientists at The Ohio State University discovered that corals—tiny reef-forming animals that live symbiotically with algae—are...

Antarctic Adelie Penguin Populations Are Growing With New Colonies
2014-07-10 09:42:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The near-threatened Adélie penguin population has started to recover, as scientists conducting the first-ever global census of the creatures claim that the number of breeding pairs is over 50 percent higher than previously believed. Writing in the July 9 edition of The Auk: Orinthological Advances, researchers from Stony Brook University and University of Minnesota said that the number of these native Antarctic birds is 3.79...

Better Understanding Arctic Climate Change Based On Shark Teeth
2014-07-10 08:44:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today, polar bears and other animals adapted to extremely cold environments inhabit the Arctic tundra. In the past, around 53 to 38 million years ago (the Eocene epoch), the Arctic was not a frozen tundra -- rather, it was more like a huge temperate forest with brackish water. This forest was home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the ancestors of modern-day tapirs, hippo-like creatures, crocodiles and giant tortoises....

Researchers Study Biological Erosion Of Mesophotic Tropical Coral Reefs
2014-07-09 03:10:42

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Researchers compare bioerosion on deeper reef systems to better understand long-term structural sustainability A new study on biological erosion of mesophotic tropical coral reefs, which are low energy reef environments between 30-150 meters deep, provides new insights into processes that affect the overall structure of these important ecosystems. The purpose of the study was to better understand how bioerosion...

2014-07-09 08:28:40

Research organized by The OTS Foundation on a prehistoric necropolis yields clues to the ancient use of sound and its effect on brain activity VALLETTA, Malta, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Inside a 5,000-years-old mortuary temple on the Mediterranean island of Malta, scientists have detected the presence of a strong double resonance frequency at 70Hz and 114Hz. Laboratory testing indicates that exposure to these particular resonant frequencies can have a physical effect on human...

Study Reveals Links Between Antarctic Climate And Food Chain
2014-07-08 03:24:51

By David Malmquist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science A long-term study of the links between climate and marine life along the rapidly warming West Antarctic Peninsula reveals how changes in physical factors such as wind speed and sea-ice cover send ripples up the food chain, with impacts on everything from single-celled algae to penguins. The study, published in today’s issue of Nature Communications, is authored by Dr. Grace Saba, an alumna of William & Mary’s Virginia...

New Sea Level Threat Created From Changing Antarctic Winds
2014-07-07 03:55:30

Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science New research shows projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated. Changes to Antarctic winds have already been linked to southern Australia’s drying climate but now it appears they may also have a profound impact on warming ocean temperatures under the ice shelves along the coastline of West and East Antarctic....

History Of Volcanic Forcing Identified In Antarctic Ice Cores
2014-07-07 09:31:23

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from Reno, Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI), led by Michael Sigl and Joe McConnell, has reconstructed historic volcanic sulfate emissions from the Southern Hemisphere. It is considered to be the most accurate and defined reconstruction to date, and was published in a manuscript in the online addition of Nature Climate Change. Included in the study and submitting ice core samples and measurements, were...

How Does Algal And Coral Cover Affect Microscopic Life That Call The Reef Home?
2014-07-07 03:56:00

By Michael Price, San Diego State University A new study by biologists at San Diego State University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography shows that inhabited coral islands that engage in commercial fishing dramatically alter their nearby reef ecosystems, disturbing the microbes, corals, algae and fish that call the reef home. The study’s lead author, Linda Wegley Kelly, is a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of SDSU virologist Forest Rohwer. She's been involved in some capacity...

Scientists Working To Protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef
2014-07-03 14:37:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australian scientists are studying degraded reefs off the Northwest Australian coast as the country marks a decade since a massive rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. “Reefs north of Exmouth have experienced large-scale bleaching in the past five years,” said Malcolm McCulloch from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at the University of Western Australia. The marine biology team is busy...


Latest Physical geography Reference Libraries

Willamette National Forest
2014-07-31 08:27:52

Willamette National Forest is a national forest that is located in the state of Oregon in the United States. It can be found in the central section of the Cascade Range and holds 1,678,031 acres, of which over 380,000 acres comprise eight designated wilderness areas. This forest first began its life as the Cascade Forest Reserve, which was established by President Grover Cleveland as a reaction to public protests to protect the Cascade Mountains in 1893. At this time, the reserve extended...

Pindos Pony
2014-05-19 10:46:10

The Pindos pony, also known as the Thessalonian, is a breed of pony native to Thessaly and Epirus, Greece in the Pindus mountain range. Its ancestors are believed to be oriental breeds brought to Greece by Scythian settlers, possibly a direct descendant from an old Thessalonian breed that was developed by the Greeks. The Pindo’s head is somewhat coarse looking with small eyes. The length of the neck and back are reasonable with a narrow frame. The quarters are underdeveloped and the tail...

Young Kerry Bog Pony
2014-04-17 12:16:10

The Kerry Bog Pony originated in Ireland, possibly a descendent of the Irish Hobby Horse, originally inhabiting the peat bogs of County Kerry, southwest Ireland. Although the exact origin of the Kerry Bog Pony is unknown, images from a 1617 book show similarities to the Irish Hobby as well as the Kerry Bog of today. The pony was initially used for transporting peat and kelp from the bog over a variety of terrain. Some were used to pull carts and others were for harness. When they were not...

Laurel, Laurus novocanariensis
2014-02-14 14:59:58

Laurus novocanariensis is a large shrub or tree that belongs to the Lauraceae family. The genus includes 3 species each containing several overlapping characteristics. L. novocanariensis can grow up to 66 feet high. It has aromatic, dark green glossy and leathery leaves, which have small glands in the armpit of the spine. The shrub or tree has lateral veins. It bears small white flowers that are about .4 inches in diameter.  The flowers are born in pairs beside a leaf. The fruit it...

Sharlie, Lake Monster
2014-01-30 18:08:56

Sharlie is a cryptid that is believed to inhabit Payette Lake near McCall, Idaho. Other names for this reptile-like creature are Slimy Slim or The Twilight Dragon of Payette Lake. Native Americans believed that an evil spirit lived in the lake before western settlers arrived in the area. The first documented sighting of the creature was in 1920 when a group of workers saw what they thought was a log, but it began to move. In August 1944, several groups of people reported seeing a 30...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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