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Solar Wind Helps Lunar Dust Leap Around The Surface
2013-03-18 14:36:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA scientists describe using new calculations just how odd the surface of the moon really is, saying dust on the moon can actually leap from the dark side to the light side. Even though the moon has no atmosphere, solar wind from the sun actually generates some unseen commotion on the surface of our neighboring satellite. Solar wind is a stream of electrically conducting gas known as plasma shot off the surface of the sun at...

2013-03-06 23:01:47

With winter approaching its peak and severe weather season warming up in the bullpen, the time is now to take proper preventative steps to avoid problems with erosion. A water damage restoration provider explains how. Cleveland OH (PRWEB) March 06, 2013 Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water and flood damage repair and restoration services in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on how to prevent erosion from snowmelt or severe thunderstorms. With winter...

2013-02-25 23:03:17

Research and Markets announces the addition of "Global Soil Treatment Market, By Types (Organic Amendments, Pest & Weed Control, pH Adjusters) & Geography - Trends & Forecasts to 2017" to its catalogue. Dublin, Ireland (PRWEB) February 25, 2013 The global soil treatment market revenue is estimated to reach the mark of $28.9 billion by 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2012 to 2017. Soil treatment market is valued for its benefits on the soil structure,...

Dirt Plays Important Part In Making Clean Water
2013-02-18 11:35:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Rivers, lakes, and oceans may play a large role in the water cycle, but many people don´t realize that one of the biggest factors in keeping water clean lies just below their feet. According to Henry Lin, a professor of hydropedology and soil hydrology at Penn State, the ground plays an important role in keeping the environment clean by acting as a natural water filter and purifier. In his presentation to the annual American...

2013-02-11 14:45:34

Organic matter is important for soil health and crop productivity. While an indicator of soil quality, a lot of organic matter is in extremely stable forms, and the nutrients in such forms are difficult for plants to use. The active, labile fraction, however, is a modest but important part of the organic matter. "The labile fraction is small — usually less than 20 or even 10 percent, depending on how you define it," explains Steve Culman, lead author of a study published online Feb....

2013-02-10 23:02:09

A recently added market report by Transparency Market Research on “Soil Treatment Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends And Forecast, 2012 - 2018" is now available for pre order. To browse the report visit : http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/soil-treatment.html Albany, New York (PRWEB) February 10, 2013 Soil treatment processes are used for improving the biological and physical content of the soil which is degrading due to growing industrialization. The...

Understanding Travel Patterns Of Microbes Blowing In The Wind
2013-02-07 09:32:18

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) With help from a wind tunnel and the latest DNA technology, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are shedding light on the travel patterns of microbes in soils carried off by strong winds. The work has implications for soil health and could lead to management practices that minimize the damage to soils caused by wind erosion. Wind erosion is an emerging issue in soil conservation efforts. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists...

Development Of Organic Rice Farming Might Benefit From New Species Of Semi-aquatic Freshwater Earthworms
2013-02-07 09:19:26

Pensoft Publishers The semi-aquatic earthworms in the genus Glyphidrilus are somewhat unfamiliar species that live between the terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of rivers, streams, canals, ponds, swamps and paddy systems. Remarkably, each species is endemic to a single water basin, carrying its own signature of evolution from their common origin. A study describing ten newly discovered species of the genus has been published in the open access journal ZooKeys. In Thailand, the...

New Protocol Developed For Measuring Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration
2013-02-01 14:39:04

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Increased levels of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), have been associated with the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, cultivation of grasslands, drainage of the land, and land use changes. Concerns about long-term shifts in climate patterns have led scientists to measure soil organic carbon (SOC) in agricultural landscapes and to develop methods to evaluate how changes in tillage...


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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