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2014-07-01 10:00:13

American Society for Horticultural Science Experiments reveal best varieties for high salinity soils Earth-Kind® roses are favorites with gardeners and landscapers. Chosen for their superior tolerance to heat, drought, and pests, as well as their outstanding performance in landscapes, Earth-Kind® roses can thrive in most environments, even with limited care. A new study focused on determining the best Earth-Kind® varieties for withstanding the challenges of salt stress. As...

Tolerance Lessons From A Dead Sea Fungus
2014-05-12 03:53:13

DOE/Joint Genome Institute Despite its name, the Dead Sea does support life, and not just in the sense of helping visitors float in its waters. Algae, bacteria, and fungi make up the limited number of species that can tolerate the extremely salty environment at the lowest point on Earth. Some organisms thrive in salty environments by lying dormant when salt concentrations are very high. Other organisms need salt to grow. To learn which survival strategy the filamentous fungus Eurotium...

ESA’s SMOS And NASA’s Aquarius Missions Monitoring Ocean Salinity
2013-04-22 14:21:15

ESA [ Watch The Video Freshwater Plume From SMOS And Aquarius ] The saltiness of the oceans is being closely monitored from space by both ESA´s SMOS and NASA´s Aquarius missions, but in slightly different ways. By joining forces, researchers are exploiting these complementary missions to benefit climate science even further. Everyone knows that seawater is salty, but it isn´t that obvious that the concentration of salt — the salinity — of the surface waters...

Salt Levels In Draa Basin Groundwater A Detriment To Farming
2013-04-08 19:37:12

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Arid but habitable regions around the world depend on limited water resources for drinking and crop irrigation. Any disruption or contamination of the water supply could be a major problem for a local population. The Draa Basin in Sub-Saharan Africa is one such region, as it has relied on runoff from Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. It has also been dammed and directed toward oases hundreds of miles to the south. A group of...

Salinity Levels In Atlantic Ocean Are Off The Chart, According To NASA Instrument
2013-02-28 12:35:28

WATCH VIDEOS: [Aquarius Measuring Salty Seas 1] - [Aquarius Measuring Salty Seas 2] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The salinity level of the world´s rivers, lakes and oceans has been a growing topic in response to global climate change. As NASA´s Aquarius instrument has shown previously, seasonal salinity has been on the rise in oceans all around the world. This year, the picture is no less striking, with deep shades of oranges and reds, at least in...

A Better Look At Salinity From SMOS
2012-10-01 08:26:12

Earth observation measurements shouldn´t be taken with a pinch of salt. ESA is comparing readings of sea-surface salinity from drifting floats to confirm the SMOS water mission´s measurements. Since its launch in 2009, ESA´s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) satellite has been helping us to understand the water cycle. As with any Earth observation mission, it is important to validate the readings acquired from space. This involves comparing the satellite data with...

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2012-09-05 19:43:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new expedition is set to get a better picture of how salt content fluctuates in the ocean's upper layers, and how it shifts rainfall patterns. The NASA-sponsored expedition called the Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study (SPURS) will provided new data to help calibrate the salinity measurements NASA's Aquarius instrument has been collecting from space since August 2011. SPURS scientists will hop aboard the vessel...

As Ground Radars Switch Off, SMOS Satellite Measurements Improve
2012-07-04 15:13:20

Over a dozen radio signals that have hindered data collection on ESA´s SMOS water mission have been switched off. The effort also benefits satellites such as NASA´s Aquarius mission, which measures ocean salinity at the same frequency. We all know what happens when you place a cell phone too close to a speaker: seconds before the phone rings, that obnoxious buzz interrupts your favourite song. This is radio interference — an unwanted reception of radio signals. Not only...

NASA's Aquarius Yields Global Map Of Ocean Salinity
2011-09-23 04:39:30

   NASA's new Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission's anticipated discoveries. Aquarius, which is aboard the Aquarius/SAC-D (Satelite de Aplicaciones Científicas) observatory, is making NASA's first space observations of ocean surface salinity variations - a key component of Earth's climate. Salinity changes are linked to the cycling of freshwater around the planet and...


Latest Salinity Reference Libraries

Soil Salinity
2013-04-01 11:15:13

Soil salinity is the salt content within the soil; the process of increasing the content of salt is known as salination. Salt is a natural element of water and soils. Salination can be a result of natural processes such as the gradual withdrawal of an ocean or mineral weathering. It can be caused by artificial processes such as irrigation as well. Soils that are affected by salt are a result of excess accumulation of salts, normally most obvious at the surface of the soil. Salts can be...

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