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Death Of Hemlock Trees Creates New Life For Hardwood Trees
2012-12-20 16:47:46

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Due to the introduction of exotic pests and pathogens, tree species are being eliminated one by one from forest ecosystems. In some cases, scientists can observe immediately how their loss affects the environment, whereas in other cases, creative puzzle solving and analysis reveal unexpected repercussions. In the case of the loss of the hemlock tree, University of Illinois landscape and ecosystem ecologist...

2012-12-19 08:21:14

HATBORO, Pa., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Clean Earth is now accepting oily debris, contaminated soil, and hazardous waste derived from Hurricane Sandy that devastated New Jersey and New York in October. The following Clean Earth facilities are equipped and prepared to take large volumes of oily debris, contaminated soil, and hazardous waste. CLEAN EARTH OF NORTH JERSEY:Located in Kearny, New Jersey, Clean Earth of North Jersey is a RCRA Part B permitted transfer, storage, and disposal...

Fate Of Phosphorous Determined By Soil
2012-12-17 17:57:17

Brown University Brazil´s soybean yields have become competitive with those of the United States and Argentina, but the soil demands a lot of phosphorous, which is not renewable. In the United States, meanwhile, historical applications of the fertilizer have polluted waterways. What accounts for these problems? It´s the soils, according to a new study comparing agriculture in the three countries. Just 20 years ago, the soils of the Amazon basin were thought unsuitable for...

2012-12-13 05:00:43

After the recent announcement of Higher Health's SilaLive Silica Supplement, a new 7 Day Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade Detox Diet Cleanse Program is released helping provide a kickstart towards losing weight and feeling great. Learn about the systemic detoxification benefits of food grade diatomaceous earth and organic silica. Miami, FL (PRWEB) December 12, 2012 After a long wait, consumers can now purchase the first pure food-grade diatomaceous earth supplement with organic silica blended...

2012-12-09 05:03:56

Colle Farmers Market comments on the rising interest in growing organic food expressed by farmers attending a recent forum on organic farming in Kansas. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) December 07, 2012 On December 7, Colle Farmers Market, a growing community of organic farmers markets, responds to the increasing push for organic farming among Kansas farmers who gathered at a recent forum on organic agriculture. A report in the Salina Journal indicates the continued rise in interest with going organic...

2012-12-04 05:04:15

SilaLive Silica Supplement is the the first-ever proprietary complex blend of enhanced food grade diatomaceous earth and organic silica for whole body health. Learn the benefits of supplementing with SilaLive's high quality diatomaceous earth for weight loss and detoxification. Houston, TX (PRWEB) December 03, 2012 Silalive — the first pure diatomaceous earth supplement to reach consumers is promising to deliver big results to consumers looking to improve their general health....

2012-12-02 05:03:56

New standardized methodology developed by The Earth Partners, in a partnership with Applied Ecological Services and Brinkman & Associates, allows public agencies and other parties to document and receive marketplace credit–or other financial incentives–for improvements to soil carbon levels. Brodhead, WI (PRWEB) December 01, 2012 The Earth Partners is pleased to announce the validation of its comprehensive soil carbon quantification methodology by the Verified Carbon...

2012-11-30 20:21:05

DALLAS, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Terroir, the art of selecting the proper soil type and location which will produce the highest quality of grapes and its relation to the quality of wine grapes produced, is a growing trend among vintners. [1] Modern research shows there are in fact intrinsic qualities of soil that blend the tending of proper soil type with actual science. The most important factors involved in healthy soil for vine growth include good internal drainage and...

World’s Largest Artificial Watershed Has First Rain
2012-11-30 11:23:00

University of Arizona The Landscape Evolution Observatory, manmade hillsides inside the University of Arizona´s Biosphere 2, provides researchers with the first opportunity to study how water, microbes, soil and plants interact in a setting realistic enough to improve global climate models for years to come. Rain in Southern Arizona is scarce and precious to begin with, but the afternoon shower that soaked the soil 25 miles north of Tucson on Nov. 29 was unusual in several ways....

2012-11-26 16:21:59

JUPITER, Fla., Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 80% of the United States is currently affected by the 2012 drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Most of those areas are still under strict water restrictions, both commercially and residentially. Residential landscape irrigation accounts for more than 7 billion gallons of water per day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Industries that depend on water to thrive have relied on precipitation and...


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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