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Energy-Efficient Robot Inspired By Atlantic Razor Clam Dynamics
2014-03-25 13:36:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have built a robotic clam that is able to replicate how an Atlantic razor clam can burrow itself into the sea soil using very little energy. The Atlantic razor clam is able to dig itself through sea soil at about 0.4 inches per second and can dig up to one-fourth of a mile using the amount of energy equivalent to a AA battery. "The clam's trick is to move its shells in such a way as to liquefy the soil around its body,...

2014-03-25 08:22:50

DALLAS, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The report "Nitrogenous Fertilizers Market By Active Ingredient (Urea, Ammonium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrate, Ammonium Sulfate, CAN, UAN Calcium Nitrate, Ammonium Chloride), By Crop Type (Cereals & Grains, Oil Seeds, Fruits & Vegetables), By Geography: Trends & Forecasts To 2018", defines and segments the global nitrogenous fertilizers market with an analysis and forecast of its global value. Browse more than 119 market data...

2014-03-19 23:33:30

Discover the secret to spring gardening success with growing mixes from PRO-MIX. (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 All great gardeners share one secret to success: soil. They know the most important step to a beautiful garden is filling beds and containers with the best soil. They understand that high-quality and nutritious soil doesn’t just happen, but like a great recipe, is created by understanding soil type, structure and drainage. They know rich soil is crafted by mixing beneficial...

How Mountains And Rivers Make Life Possible
2014-03-14 14:47:09

Stanford University Favorable conditions for life on Earth are enabled in part by the natural shuttling of carbon dioxide from the planet's atmosphere to its rocky interior and back again. Now Stanford scientists have devised a pair of math equations that better describe how topography, rock compositions and the movement of water through a landscape affects this vital recycling process. Scientists have long suspected that the so-called the geologic carbon cycle is responsible for...

2014-03-13 23:27:57

Dealzer.com is now offering a soil option on the popular Cash Crop & Grandma's Secret Garden hydroponics grow boxes. Additionally, the boxes have been altered to double the air flow. Paducah, KY (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 Dealzer.com is now offering a soil option on their manufactured hydroponics grow boxes. These boxes include the Cash Crop and Grandma's Secret Garden. These new boxes recently acquired a more powerful fan upgrade and in the last days, Dealzer developers have...

2014-03-13 23:01:55

Long-term gypsum users report more than 5:1 or higher returns for every dollar worth of gypsum applied to alfalfa and 2:1 or higher for corn. Yield, sulfur availability and soil quality improvements were top three reasons cited for gypsum use in study findings. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 13, 2014 A rigorous new study conducted by two highly respected agricultural economists brings to light the top reasons that crop growers apply gypsum to cropland. The study cites increased yields,...

2014-03-10 16:22:11

DALLAS, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The report "Micronutrient Market by Type (Zinc, Manganese, Boron, Copper, Molybdenum, Iron), Form (Chelated & Non Chelated), Application Mode (Soil, Foliar, Fertigation), Crop Type & Geography - Global Trends and Forecast to 2018", defines and segments the global agriculture micronutrients market with an analysis and forecasting of the global value and volume for agriculture micronutrients. It also identifies the driving and...

2014-03-06 12:22:12

DAVIS, Calif., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Soil health is a journey to understand how to mimic nature," says Ray 'the-Soil-Guy' Archuleta, a conservationist and soil health instructor with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Farmers and anyone who wants to understand how to build more naturally fertile soil that also absorbs rainfall while requiring fewer inputs to produce a profitable crop, are invited to attend any of the four free seminars. The...

2014-03-04 23:03:10

Transparency Market Research Report Added "Global Micronutrients Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends And Forecast, 2013 - 2019" to its database. Browse full report with TOC: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/micronutrients-market.html Albany, NY, USA (PRWEB) March 04, 2014 The human body needs nutrients in small quantities which are very necessary for proper physiological functioning and growth. These nutrients are known as micronutrients....

Peat Soils As Gigantic Batteries
2014-03-03 04:45:37

Peter Rüegg, ETH Zurich Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tubingen describe a process that suppresses the formation of methane in soils that are rich in humic substances. For this process to work, the soils need to switch between having no oxygen and having oxygen. Wetlands, including peatlands, have a high content of humic substances, which are organic compounds that form during incomplete decomposition of biomass. Under anoxic conditions, soil bacteria can use these...


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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