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Explaining Dune Field Patterns
2012-02-08 05:04:26

In a study of the harsh but beautiful White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, University of Pennsylvania researchers have uncovered a unifying mechanism to explain dune patterns. The new work represents a contribution to basic science, but the findings may also hold implications for identifying when dune landscapes like those in Nebraska´s Sand Hills may reach a “tipping point” under climate change, going from valuable grazing land to barren desert. The study was...

2011-10-25 13:32:00

Some nest and winter here, but are they part of our wildlife community? By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission PYMATUNING, Pa., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What in Sam Hill are sandhill cranes doing in Pennsylvania? They don't have much history here; their status was more of a just-passing-through or accidental visitor than anything else. Heck, they don't even have relatives in Pennsylvania. But their growing presence here...

2009-08-29 08:05:00

Generations of tiny pale deer mice have evolved a sandy-colored coat, which camouflages themselves from predators, just within a few thousand years. These mice acquired the mutation for pale fur naturally and then rapidly passed it on to the next generation. This makes scientists consider the deer mouse one of the best examples yet studied of "true" natural selection in action because of the fast evolving of the creature. The mice are most abundantly found in North America. They usually...

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Sandhills (Nebraska)
2013-04-18 23:21:59

The Sandhills, frequently written as Sand Hills, is a region of mixed-grass prairie on grass-stabilized sand dunes within north-central Nebraska, covering just over a quarter of the state. The dunes were established as a National Natural Landmark in the year 1984. The boundaries of the Sandhills are defined by various standards by different organizations. Depending on the definition, the region's area can be as small as 19,600 square miles or as large as 23,600 square miles. The dunes...

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