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2011-04-18 11:35:00

The growth of the banded morwong, a long-lived southeast Australian and New Zealand inshore species, is negatively affected by the warming of our oceans, a study published in Nature Climate Change found. Scientists have been monitoring temperatures at Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania since 1944. They found that the surface water temperature in the Tasman Sea has been rising by nearly 2°C over the past sixty years. The study found that the rapid jump in sea surface temperature...

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2011-04-04 07:04:53

Marine scientists from five research agencies have pooled their skills and resources to compile a directory of life on Australia's continental shelf. They examined the shelf seascape during a three-year program of the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Marine Biodiversity Hub. Hub director, Professor Nic Bax of CSIRO and the University of Tasmania, says the program developed and applied a consistent, national approach to biodiversity mapping. "The program compiled existing...

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2011-02-04 14:34:41

By Michelle M. Meighan, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University Arizona State University grad student Michelle Meighan on her experiences in Tasmania as a participant in NSF's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes program In the months leading up to the summer, a question that I frequently heard was "Tasmania? You're going to spend your summer in Africa?" Another popular comment was "You realize it's winter down there, right?" Yes, I was fully aware that I was...

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2010-11-10 11:05:31

Variations in atmosphere carbon dioxide around 40 million years ago were tightly coupled to changes in global temperature, according to new findings published in the journal Science. The study was led by scientists at Utrecht University, working with colleagues at the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the University of Southampton. "Understanding the relationship between the Earth's climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide in the geological past can provide insight into the...

2010-11-01 07:30:00

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensis Corporation's Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system over Tasmania, Australia has passed its safety case by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and is now operational. The system uses both multilateration and Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) to provide Airservices Australia with enhanced en route surveillance of air traffic across the island and down to the surface at Hobart and Launceston Airports. Sensis...

2010-09-28 17:43:12

Scientists are reporting significant changes in the distribution of coastal fish species in south-east Australia which they say are partly due to climate change. CSIRO's Climate Adaptation and Wealth from Oceans Flagships have identified 43 species, representing about 30 per cent of the inshore fish families occurring in the region, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related. These include warm temperate surf-zone species such as Silver Drummer and Rock Blackfish that are breeding...

2010-05-24 08:15:00

Nine new species of handfish have been described by CSIRO in research that highlights an urgent need to better understand and protect the diversity of life in Australia's oceans. The new species are described in a review of the handfish family by Hobart-based fish taxonomists from the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Daniel Gledhill and Peter Last. Supported by funding from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, the review of the handfishes brings the family to 14...

2010-05-17 09:41:00

LEAWOOD, Kan., May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Empire Energy Corporation International (Empire) (OTC Bulletin Board: EEGCE) with its wholly owned subsidiary, Great South Land Minerals Ltd. (GSLM) announced on 17th May 2010 that the Honorable Bryan Green, Minister for Energy and Resources has today signed the documents for its Tasmania Basin exploration license EL14/2009, which means the license is now granted and in full effect. Empire and GSLM CEO Malcolm Bendall said, "This is...

2010-05-11 10:37:00

LEAWOOD, Kan., May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Empire Energy Corporation International (Empire, OTC Bulletin Board: EEGCE) with its wholly owned subsidiary, Great South Land Minerals Ltd. (GSLM) announced on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 that GSLM has received and signed the documents for its Tasmania Basin license EL14/2009. This license area includes the two main structures identified in GSLM's previous seismic and gravity surveys; the Bellevue and Thunderbolt domes which leading independent...

2010-05-10 08:42:00

LEAWOOD, Kan., May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Empire Energy Corporation International (Empire) (OTC Bulletin Board: EEGCE) with its wholly owned Australian subsidiary, Great South Land Minerals Ltd. (GSLM) announced on Monday, May 10th, 2010 that GSLM has received notice from the Tasmanian Director of Mines, that the License documents for EL14/2009, that GSLM has to sign before the Minister gives his final approval, will be available for signature around lunchtime, 11 May 2010 (Aust EST)....


Latest Tasmania Reference Libraries

Tasmanian Tree Frog, Litoria burrowsae
2014-07-31 10:47:16

The Tasmanian Tree Frog (Litoria burrowsae) is a species of tree frog that is located on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia. The name King Tree Frog is also used regarding this species. As a moderately sized tree frog, the Tasmanian Tree Frog measures up to about 60 millimeters long. It can be a light green or dark brown on the dorsal surface. The brown form usually has some light brown patches and green flecks, while the green form frequently has light or dark brown patches. A thin...

Common Wombat, Vombatus ursinus
2013-09-27 10:45:36

The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), also known as the bare-nosed wombat or the coarse-haired wombat, is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia. Its range includes Tasmania and the mountainous areas just south of Queensland, although it is declining in drier areas of its range. It was first described in 1800 by George Shaw and it holds three subspecies. The common wombat has a sturdy body, reaching an average length between 2.6 and 4.2 feet and a weight between 37.4 and 88.1...

Common Brushtail Possum, Trichosurus vulpecula
2013-09-23 13:56:03

The common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a species of marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Australia in a range that extends from northern, eastern, several eastern areas of Australia, Tasmania, and a number of islands like Barrow Island and Kangaroo Island. This species was introduced into New Zealand in 1840, where it has now become an abundant species. It prefers to reside in a variety of habitats including semiarid areas, forests,...

Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii
2013-08-19 15:17:01

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) is a marsupial species that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found in southeastern Australia in a range that includes Victoria and Tasmania. It reaches an average weight of less than 2.2 pounds and has a small tail. Its fur holds three or four bands on its hind body that are typically white in color. The eastern barred bandicoot is most active during the nighttime and is solitary in nature, excluding mothers and young....

Inchman, Myrmecia forficate
2013-07-10 12:28:46

The inchman (Myrmecia forficate) is a species of bull ant that can be found in Australia, in a range that includes Tasmania and possibly southeastern areas of Australia. This species is gregarious, living in colonies like most other ant species, but it forages for food alone. Nests often go unseen and are typically found under rocks.  It reaches an average body length of up to one inch long, the trait from which it received its common name. The inchman is both a scavenger and a...

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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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