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Researchers Discover A New Species Of Beetle Discovered In The World's Deepest Cave
2014-07-02 03:12:40

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology The unusual habitat of the Krubera cave in the Western Caucasus remains a mystery. Researchers from two Spanish universities have discovered a new species of beetle in the depths of this cave. Cave beetles are one of the most iconic species found in subterranean habitats. They were historically the first living organisms described by science that are adapted to the conditions of hypogean or subterranean life. Now, a Portuguese...

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2014-07-02 10:06:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using 3-D laser scanning technology, a team of explorers has developed a Google Earth-style map of some of the largest caves in the world located in southeast China. The scans and a virtual tour of the caves are featured in the newest issue of National Geographic and available on the publications website. “It’s a brilliant technique, which has only just been started to be used in caves, and it’s almost uniquely applicable in cave...

2014-07-01 23:12:09

During Field Day at Everest Academy, teams have a chance to demonstrate the growth they have experienced this past year in character development, celebrate their perseverance, and partake in joyous competition all of which are key components of an Everest Academy education Lemont, IL (PRWEB) July 01, 2014 The students at Everest Academy enjoyed a beautiful day along Bell Road on the school’s open land during their annual Field Day. Field Day gave the students an opportunity to show not...

emperor penguins
2014-06-30 04:52:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online In less than 100 years, global warming’s impact on the sea ice where emperor penguins breed will result in the loss of at least one-fifth of the species’ population, according to new research appearing in the June 29 edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. There are currently 600,000 emperor penguins living in Antarctica and populations in 45 known colonies are expected to increase slightly by 2050 before declining over...

2014-06-27 23:06:57

Goway lifts the lid on the Atacama Desert and Patagonia. Glendale, CA (PRWEB) June 27, 2014 Goway Travel is offering spectacular savings on its range of Chile tours. From the sweeping wilds of Patagonia up to the colourful deserts of Atacama, South America’s wealthiest country boasts abundant natural riches as well. Many packages also include a free one-night stopover in energetic Santiago, while one offers an additional night in Chile’s much-loved wine country. Shared by Argentina...

Discovery Of A Prehistoric Reef Built By First Hard-Shelled Animals
2014-06-27 11:22:17

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Located on dry land in Namibia is a 550-million-year-old reef that researchers say was built by the first hard-shelled animals. It is one of the oldest reefs known and tiny aquatic fossils have revealed that the creatures developed hard protective coats and constructed the reefs for shelter and safety. The study, led by Professor Rachel Wood of the University of Edinburgh, and collaborated on with other scientists from Edinburgh,...

elusive emperor penguins
2014-06-26 03:11:24

PLOS Field surveys and satellites complement each other when studying remote penguin populations, according to research published June 25 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by André Ancel from the CNRS at Strasbourg and colleagues. Penguins residing on Antarctica's ice sheets must face moving, breaking, and shifting ice. Accurate monitoring of population trends is critical to understanding the ongoing rapid changes in Antarctic ecosystems. However, the remoteness and logistical...

Greenland Ice Sheet Collapse Linked To Sea Level Rise 400,000 Years Ago: Study
2014-06-26 03:26:40

Oregon State University A new study suggests that a warming period more than 400,000 years ago pushed the Greenland ice sheet past its stability threshold, resulting in a nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland and raising global sea levels some 4-6 meters. The study is one of the first to zero in on how the vast Greenland ice sheet responded to warmer temperatures during that period, which were caused by changes in the Earth's orbit around the sun. Results of the study,...

Threatened Species Could Cope With Climate Change Better If Competitors Were Restricted
2014-06-24 03:03:15

Durham University Threatened animal species could cope better with the effects of climate change if competition from other animals for the same habitats is restricted, according to new research by Durham University. The Durham team studied the impacts of climate on the Alpine Chamois, a species of mountain goat, and the effects that domestic sheep had on the goats' movements. Observing the goats in the Italian Alps during the summer, the researchers found that Chamois tended to move...

Analyzing The Role Of The Ocean In Greenland Ice Sheet Melting
2014-06-24 06:51:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has increased four-fold over the past four decades, and while warmer atmospheric conditions are to blame for increased melting at the glacier’s surface, scientists now report that oceans play a vital role in how quickly the ice sheet will melt and how much total mass will be lost. According to researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Oregon,...


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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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