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2011-10-18 03:43:01

New species discovered across the globe Microscopic animals that live in soils are as diverse in the tropical forests of Costa Rica as they are in the arid grasslands of Kenya, or the tundra and boreal forests of Alaska and Sweden. That conclusion is found in research results published October 17 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists have generally accepted that a wider range of species can be found above ground at the equator than at the Earth's...

2011-10-07 13:36:37

A new University of Guelph study shows that gray jays hoping to survive and reproduce through Canada´s harsh winters need to be able to store food in the right kinds of trees. The study appears in Oecologia and was co-authored by Prof. Ryan Norris, Department of Integrative Biology; Brian Kielstra, an undergraduate student in the Department of Geography; and Dan Strickland, retired chief naturalist of Algonquin Park in Ontario. Unlike most birds that migrate for winter, gray jays...

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2011-07-27 15:23:38

Scientists say a tundra fire in the circumpolar arctic released about as much carbon into the atmosphere as the tundra has stored in the previous 50 years. The study, published in the July 28 issue of Nature, of the Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska's North Slope revealed just how quick a single tundra fire can offset or reverse a half-century worth of soil-stored carbon. "Fire has been largely absent from tundra for the past 11,000 or so years, but the frequency of tundra fires is increasing,...

2011-05-16 17:18:39

Earlier springs could enhance xylem growth in black spruce"”but colder summers could negate that With an increasingly warmer climate, there is a trend for springs to arrive earlier and summers to be hotter. Since spring and summer are the prime growing seasons for plants"”when flowers bloom and trees increase in girth and height"”do these climate changes mean greater seasonal growth for plants? This is a critical question for forest management, especially in the boreal...

2011-04-18 07:00:00

OTTAWA, April 18 /PRNewswire/ - Signatories to the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) today unveiled a new Boreal Business Forum which is a roundtable comprised of CBFA participants, leading corporations and investors with a strong interest in conservation of the Boreal Forest. The membership reflects a variety of sectors representing the marketplace regions sourcing from the Boreal, including Canada, the US and Europe. The Boreal Business Forum is intended to closely...

2011-03-28 21:57:23

Russia's boreal forest "“ the largest continuous expanse of forest in the world, found in the country's cold northern regions "“ is undergoing an accelerating large-scale shift in vegetation types as a result of globally and regionally warming climate. That in turn is creating an even warmer climate in the region, according to a new study published in the journal Global Change Biology and highlighted in the April issue of Nature Climate Change. The Great Russian forest, which...

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2011-03-17 07:30:00

A new report by the Pew Environment Group has revealed that Canada's boreal forest, the world's largest on-land carbon storehouse, contains more freshwater than any other ecosystem, totaling more than 197 million acres of surface freshwater. As water scarcity and pollution continues to be a major topic, especially as the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Forests and World Water Day, scientists are calling boreal protection a top global priority. Canada must limit...

2011-03-16 14:34:00

Top scientists call boreal protection a global priority OTTAWA, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A first of its kind report by the Pew Environment Group reveals that Canada's boreal, the world's largest intact forest and on-land carbon storehouse, contains more unfrozen freshwater than any other ecosystem. As United Nations' International Year of Forests and World Water Day coincide, world leaders are grappling with water scarcity and pollution - and scientists are calling boreal...


Latest Taiga Reference Libraries

Taiga
2013-04-19 18:21:46

Taiga, or otherwise known as boreal forest, is a biome that is characterized by coniferous forests made up mostly of spruces, larches, and pines. The taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome. In North America, it covers most of inland Canada and Alaska as well as portions of the extreme northern continental United States and is known as the Northwoods. It covers most of Sweden, Finland, much of Norway, lowland/coastal areas of Iceland, much of Russia, northern Kazakhstan, northern...

Aspen Parkland
2013-04-18 22:46:28

Aspen parkland is a reference to a very large area of transitional biome between prairie and boreal forest in two sections; the Peace River Country of northwestern Alberta that crosses the border into British Columbia, and a much larger area stretching from central Alberta, all across central Saskatchewan to south-central Manitoba near the US border. Aspen parkland is made up of groves of aspen poplars and spruce interspersed with areas of prairie grasslands, also intersected by large stream...

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2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe to the Bering Sea. There are five sub-regions of the Palearctic: European-Siberian, Mediterranean...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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