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Wetlands Could Be Key In Revitalizing Acid Streams
2013-09-05 10:28:37

University of Texas at Arlington A team of University of Texas at Arlington biologists working with the U.S. Geological Survey has found that watershed wetlands can serve as a natural source for the improvement of streams polluted by acid rain. The group, led by associate professor of biology Sophia Passy, also contends that recent increases in the level of organic matter in surface waters in regions of North America and Europe – also known as “brownification” – holds benefits...

Understanding Desert Plant Migration
2013-08-30 13:24:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research shows that greater plant density allows more water to seep into the ground. This means that people living in dry climates where water is a limited resource could do well to plant dense patches of vegetation to allow more water into the ground. This research also explains why plants in semiarid and dry climates often grow in tight clusters and long bands across the soil. In his paper, which was published last month in...

2013-08-29 23:29:29

In a newly launched video, SpiritDetox.com highlights the problem with today's soils that is causing nutrient deficiency in the food system. With the help of the video and one of the SpiritDetox.com products, the team hopes to improve this situation for home gardeners. Bakersfield, CA (PRWEB) August 29, 2013 SpiritDetox.com has announced the launch of a new video entitled "EarthFood Plus Natural Fertilizer – for Organic Gardening." The video is designed to shed light on a...

2013-08-24 23:03:50

Sea of Green Hydrogardens, a leading Arizona-based retailer of gardening and outdoor products, is now offering tips on indoor grow. The company, which specializes in everything from hydroponics to outdoor lighting, is now providing tips on how to keep your organic garden going strong all year-round. Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) August 24, 2013 Sea of Green Hydrogardens, a leading Arizona-based retailer of gardening and outdoor products, is now offering tips on indoor grow. The company, which...

2013-08-22 23:24:45

Water main breaks will become more common as fall sets in. A water restoration provider explains how to handle such a crisis. Cleveland OH (PRWEB) August 22, 2013 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to deal with water main breaks on their street or in their community. As summer transitions to fall, water main breaks will become more common as the ground expands and...

2013-08-20 10:28:15

Scientists have devised a better way to protect groundwater from acids, heavy metals and toxic chemicals, helping to secure the Earth’s main freshwater supply. The advance is a major step towards shielding groundwater from mining, industrial and domestic waste, all of which can contaminate the water for decades, rendering it unusable and undrinkable. A team led by Professor Derek Eamus at The National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) and University of Technology...

Soil Can Provide Clues Into Last Day Before Death
2013-08-10 05:06:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have developed a new method that can be used to provide a detailed look at the last day of a person’s life, according a study appearing in the journal Heritage Science. Chemist Kaare Lund Rasmussen and his colleagues used their method to study the remains of a 10-13 year old child who had been buried in the medieval Danish town of Ribe approximately 800 years ago. They were...


Latest Soil Reference Libraries

Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

Land Degradation
2013-04-02 09:20:15

Land degradation is a process in which the value of the biophysical environment is affected by one or more combination of human-induced processes acting on the land. It is also the gradual destruction or reduction of the quality and quantity of human activities, animal activities or natural means. It is viewed as any change or disturbance to the land perceived to be deleterious or unwanted. Natural hazards are not included in the causes; however, human activities can indirectly affect...

Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

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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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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