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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...

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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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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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