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2008-12-24 11:28:40

The sand used in Seattle to protect motorists from icy streets is more dangerous to aquatic life than typical road salt, environmentalists say. With more than 6,000 tons of sand already dispersed on Seattle streets since last Thursday, environmentalists claim the alternative winter road solution can clog area waterways and damage its precarious food chain, The Seattle Times said Wednesday. In general, what my colleagues have found, and I have found, is that sand actually has a greater impact,...

2008-12-09 09:39:21

Dr. Rusty Feagin was managing several ecosystem research projects on Galveston Island when the 2008 hurricane season began.Then he got an unexpected visit from a research assistant named Ike."Ike reconfirmed the basic idea I've had for several years," said Feagin, ecosystem scientist with Texas AgriLife Research. "The plants on sand dunes and in marshes build an island's elevation, so we shouldn't compromise that."Most of the dunes and marshes he and his graduate students had studied were...

2008-10-30 15:00:22

CLEVELAND, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Traction Aggregate is produced by fully calcining clay at temperatures in excess of 2000 degrees. By blending Traction Aggregate with your salt supply you can extend your salt volume. Traction Aggregate will not melt ice but will provide great traction for roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and driveways. It is environmentally friendly and sustainable. It will not ruin concrete, grass, or vehicles. Traction Aggregate is shipped via barge on the Inland...

2008-10-01 03:00:19

By Hsu, Huai-Houh Preparation of Large-Sized Silty Sand Specimens Using a Water Spray Method In-situ tests are often used to determine the engineering properties of sand. The cone penetration test (CPT) is a widely used method. Interpretations of the CPT are mostly developed based on chamber calibration tests. Early CPT calibration tests used clean, uniformly graded silica or quartz sand in most cases. Many empirical rules and analytical models have been established based on tests using...

2008-09-21 00:00:19

BANGALORE: Following the government's decision to make installation of speed governors mandatory in all commercial vehicles before September-end, the Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association has called for an indefinite strike of trucks carrying construction material from Saturday. The strike is also aimed to put forth their demand of legalising sand mining. After a discussion on Thursday afternoon on the issue, association president Shanmugappa said: "There are...

2008-09-01 06:00:24

Excerpt from report in English by the website of Bhutan's autonomous national newspaper Kuensel on 1 September [by Ugyen Penjore] 1 September: The shortage of sand from riverbeds is going to grow, warns the Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC). This alarm comes when construction owners are already facing an acute shortage of riverbed sans, which is considered better in quality. NRDC believes that with the increase in construction activities and Punatsangchhu-I [hydroelectric...

2008-08-05 18:00:09

COASTGUARDS reminded parents and children enjoying the school holidays yesterday that many hidden dangers lurk along Wales' beautiful coastline. Sunday's accident at Cefn Sidan is not the first time a youngster has been killed after excavating unstable sand. In August 1922 Edward Buxton, 11, of Manchester was killed after tunnelling in sand atHarlech, Gwynedd, and Andrew Baxter, 13, died in similar circumstances at Burry Port in August 1960. Yesterday Dave Hughes, watch manager at...

2008-08-01 18:00:15

By EDWARD B. COLBY WORKING TOGETHER AND HAVING FUN KINGSTON Kingston youngsters Andrew Burke, Desmond Core, Michael Donovan and Joe Manning spent a good chunk of time cooperatively constructing their massive entry in a sand castle contest at Gray's Beach. When they were done, the foursome had built two dry moats ringed by bucket castles. One moat's castles were adorned by white flowers and green stalks, while the other featured big rocks and black, dried seaweed. The moats were...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By CHRISTINA ABEL After about three years of losing sand from the dunes behind their homes because of beach erosion, some homeowners in South Ponte Vedra Beach are regaining sand, very slowly and naturally. Resident Gary Close said he's among those who have gotten a pleasant surprise - more sand on the dune behind his house. "Sand has built up in front of the bulkheads and the beach has a slope so high [the] tide does not reach the [temporary sea] walls the way it used to," Close said....

2008-07-13 12:00:00

The Mississippi River is retreating, but millions of sandbags remain from efforts to keep floodwater off farms and out of homes. Someone has to haul off the thousands of tons of sand piled along streets and levees. It won't be the National Guard, which worked tirelessly to stack the bags but isn't coming back to haul away the sand. That leaves counties, towns and levee districts to handle the chore. For example, Lincoln County officials plan to hire contractors for the job. The cost is not...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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