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2011-01-05 13:18:00

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A flourishing watershed at Peabody Energy's Farmersburg Mine has earned one of Indiana's highest environmental honors. The Indiana Society of Mining and Reclamation recognized the mine team with the 2010 Indiana Excellence in Mining and Reclamation Award for Natural Stream Restoration at the organization's 24th annual Technology Transfer Seminar in Jasper, Ind. The award honors the company's successful work to reconstruct a nearly 6,000-foot section...

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2010-12-15 16:09:02

Rising concentrations of zinc in a waterway on Colorado's Western Slope may be the result of climate change that is affecting the timing of annual snowmelt, says a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.The study focused on the Snake River watershed just west of the Continental Divide near Keystone, Colo., where CU-Boulder researchers have observed a four-fold increase in dissolved zinc over the last 30 years during the lowest water flow months, said Caitlin Crouch. Crouch, a...

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2010-12-15 08:37:34

Locke Island is a small island in a bend of the Columbia River in eastern Washington that plays a special role in the culture of the local Indian tribes. Since the 1970s, however, it has been eroding away at a rate that has alarmed tribal leaders. The island is part of the Hanford Reservation, which is managed by the Department of Energy. So the DOE has turned to a team of researchers headed by David Furbish, professor of earth and environmental sciences (E&ES) at Vanderbilt, to study the...

2010-11-04 01:16:29

Alterations lead to ecological degradation The amount of water flowing in streams and rivers has been significantly altered in nearly 90 percent of waters that were assessed in a new nationwide USGS study. Flow alterations are a primary contributor to degraded river ecosystems and loss of native species. "This USGS assessment provides the most geographically extensive analysis to date of stream flow alteration," said Bill Werkheiser, USGS Associate Director for Water. "Findings show the...

2010-05-24 02:01:00

EMERYVILLE, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Gracenote® today announced its MusicID-Stream(TM) technology is powering the new smart drive app for the iPhone for smart fortwo owners, representing the world's first deployment of a streaming music identification solution by an automotive manufacturer (smart is a brand of Daimler AG). As part of the smart drive app, Gracenote's technology allows smart fortwo drivers to use their iPhone to identify music playing in their car...

2009-11-25 13:57:37

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a unique new computer model called the Virtual StreamLab, designed to help restore real streams to a healthier state. The Virtual StreamLab, which demonstrates the physics of natural water flows at an unprecedented level of detail and realism, was unveiled for the first time this week at the 2009 American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting in Minneapolis, one of the largest conferences in fluid dynamics with more than...

2009-08-19 09:55:24

The Wildlife Conservation Society says a monitoring system it uses to measure stream habitat has been adopted by a U.S. agency working to restore waterways. The conservation group said the technique, used in a study to rapidly measure stream habitat, has been adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service to assess streams across the United States. Society officials said their study, which looked at riparian areas in semi-arid eastern Oregon, examined...

2009-04-22 15:13:32

A U.S. study shows rivers in some of the world's most populous regions are losing water, with some losses attributed to climate change. The study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research suggests the reduced stream flow potentially threatens future supplies of food and water. The scientists, examining stream flow from 1948 to 2004, said they found significant downward changes in about one-third of the world's largest rivers, including the Yellow River in northern China, the Ganges in...

2008-09-09 18:00:15

By COURTNEY HACKNEY The recent visit by Tropical Storm Fay reminds us that the First Coast is subject to change at any time. Nature doesn't care where we place property boundaries or homes and may change the landscape without notice. What we view as permanent is just one frame in the story of the coastal environment. Beaches erode and rebuild in predictable ways, never when or where we wish. In this era of global climate change and rising sea levels, we should expect that natural beaches...

2008-09-05 00:00:12

By AJ Panian When Lou Izzo landed 12 brook trout and watched 12 others jump his hook while fishing Mill Creek one day in July, he judged the Laurel Mountain watershed and Loyalhanna Creek tributary to be in pristine ecological health. "It's kind of like sending the canary through a coal mine. If a stream is holding healthy, active trout in July, you know things are going well," said Izzo, 60, who is president of the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The main reason for Izzo's...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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