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Scientists Solve Mystery Of California Tectonics
2013-03-19 12:50:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of American scientists believe they have solved a geological mystery buried about 100 miles below California. According to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, geologists from Brown University, Columbia University, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Oregon identified the source of anomalous seismic readings as a fragment of the Farallon tectonic plate, which was pushed deep into the...

2013-01-29 10:05:06

After experiencing years of population decline on the West Coast, a recent study examining fisher populations found that–at least in the southern Sierra Nevada–the animal's numbers appear to be stable. Scientists from the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) and the Pacific Southwest Region collaborated to monitor the distribution of fishers across a 7,606-square-mile area in the southern Sierra Nevada. They used baited track-plate stations–an...

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2012-10-23 04:00:23

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 22: Severe weather hit the West Coast yesterday. A combination of heavy snowfall along with severe storms was found in California. This system was also responsible for producing tornadoes which hit in the Northern portion of California. One possibly hit in or near Sacramento. A few stronger storms produced hail in Central Texas and Southern Illinois. Snowfall amounts have varied from a few inches at the basins of the...

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2012-10-22 04:00:15

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly Big Story Weather from October 19-21: A strong frontal boundary began to approach the West Coast bringing some of the season´s first heavy snow to this region. The Cascades and the Sierra Nevada´s were under winter storm watches and warnings. The high pressure that slid into the Eastern portion of the United States brought some colder air down to the Southeast and Gulf Coast this past weekend. On Friday the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic...

Cougar Migration Patterns Different Than Expected
2012-10-09 19:25:34

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a recent study that appeared online in the August early-view edition of the journal Molecular Ecology, researchers looked at DNA in tissue samples that had been collected from 739 mountain lions over a period of seven years. The purpose of the study, the first to be conducted on such a large scale, was to discover population structures and history and to identify “sinks” and “sources” in the region....

2012-08-17 23:01:19

Universities commended for their strong commitment to environmental improvements. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 17, 2012 For the sixth year in a row, SIERRA magazine is releasing its annual ranking of the nation´s “Coolest Schools,” a salute to U.S. colleges that are helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably. While researching the schools that are making a difference for the planet, SIERRA found common among the top 10 major...


Latest Sierra Nevada Reference Libraries

Eldorado National Forest
2013-12-24 11:56:03

Eldorado National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in eastern California. The majority of the forest lies in El Dorado County. The forest lies in Amador, Alpine, and Placer counties in California; and Douglas County in Nevada with 78 acres. The forest is bordered on the north by the Tahoe National Forest, on the east by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, on the southeast by the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, and to the south by...

Sequoia National Park
2013-04-17 17:03:11

Sequoia National Park is located in the United States in the southern area of the Sierra Nevada. The park contains 404,063 acres of protected land that was once inhabited by the Western Mono Native American tribe. The best evidence of Native American inhabitants are the pictographs found on Potwisha and Hospital Rock and bedrock mortars, tools that were sued to crush acorns. When European explorers and settlers entered the area, smallpox had already decimated the Native American...

Yosemite National Park
2013-04-17 14:20:47

Yosemite National Park is located in eastern California in the United States in the central area of Sierra Nevada, extending to the western slopes of the range. The park holds 761,268 acres of protected land. The area became very popular after Thomas Ayres, the artist who was responsible for much of the publicity of the area, and an entrepreneur named James Mason Hutchings visited in 1855. Early tourists that visited Yosemite before it was a national park could enjoy passing over the Wawona...

Kings Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 12:16:00

Kings Canyon National Park is located in southern Sierra, Nevada. The park encompasses an area that was once General Grant National Park, which was established in 1890, in order to preserve a grove of giant sequoia trees. The area was known to European settlers in the mid-nineteenth century, but was not well-known until 1873, after John Muir visited and found the environment to be similar to Yosemite valley. Harold Ickes, a United States Secretary of Interior, supported the idea of...

Weather Reference Library
2012-07-19 13:18:39

Fallon Nevada is located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain which has a huge impact in the type of weather in the region and is more of an arid type pattern. Temperatures for Fallon NV: December and January mark the coldest months in the area with average temps around 20-40F. February through March temps warm into the average of 30-50 increasing to 60 by March. April is a mild month with temps in the 40-60 range on average. May and June the average temps warm to 50-70...

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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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