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Do Urban 'Heat Islands' Hint At Trees Of Future?
2012-04-24 13:49:46

Common oaks get a boost in New York's Central Park City streets can be mean, but somewhere near Brooklyn, a tree grows far better than its country cousins, due to chronically elevated city heat levels, says a new study. The study, just published in the journal Tree Physiology , shows that common native red oak seedlings grow as much as eight times faster in New York's Central Park than in more rural, cooler settings in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Red oaks and their close...

2012-04-10 23:00:26

Plant a Tree in April: An Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration Launched from the Cloud. Bedford, Texas (PRWEB) April 09, 2012 FilesAnywhere, a pioneer in cloud storage and collaboration since 1999, is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation and FilesAnywhere customers to plant a forest´s worth of trees. In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day 2012, FilesAnywhere will plant a tree for every new, paid sign up and account upgrade during the month of April. Trees will be planted in the...

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2012-03-30 12:53:09

The National Science Foundation has funded a study to determine past climates by studying tree rings. Environmental students from Arizona studied bristlecone pine trees to determine aspects about the Earth´s climates during the Paleo age. The study of tree growth rings to understand Earth´s past climate is called dendrochronology. As each year passes, trees add growth rings around their trunks. These dendrochronologists study these rings to gain all sorts of information not only...

2012-03-19 15:59:38

Reintroduction of the American Chestnut tree after billions died due to blight could be accomplished more effectively thanks to a software tool developed and recently tested by the University of Cincinnati. The death of the American Chestnut due to an Asian bark fungus accidentally introduced to the United States had profound environmental and economic consequences since the tree was highly valued for its strong, workable lumber and a variety of wildlife from deer to birds to bears relied...

Ancient Forest In NY More Diverse Than Scientists Thought
2012-03-02 05:38:06

[ Watch the Video ] After unearthing a previously unknown portion of one of the planet´s earliest known forests, archeologists say the fossils of 385-million-year-old trees reveal a far more diverse ecosystem than researchers had previously thought existed. Partially uncovered by quarry workers in 1870, the ancient forest beneath the tiny town of Gilboa, N.Y. has been of intense interest to paleobotanists since the 1920s. Dating back to the Devonian Period, researchers early on...

Nation's Urban Forests Losing Ground
2012-02-24 04:47:59

National results indicate that tree cover in urban areas of the United States is declining at a rate of about 4 million trees per year, according to a U.S. Forest Service study published recently in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. Tree cover in 17 of the 20 cities analyzed in the study declined while 16 cities saw increases in impervious cover, which includes pavement and rooftops. Land that lost trees was for the most part converted to either grass or ground cover, impervious cover...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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