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Self-Organization Most Likely Cause Of Namibian Fairy Circles: Study
2014-05-21 07:09:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study of mysterious bare “fairy circles” of ground dotting the landscape in the Namibian grasslands have been determined to not be the work of sand termites as had been previously suggested, but rather self-organization. Scientists have been researching these crop circle-style, bare patches of ground for decades trying to come up with a reasonable explanation for why these formations occur. Research published last March...

Autumn Ending Later And Spring Starting Earlier In The Northern Hemisphere
2014-03-31 11:19:49

University of Southampton A study by the University of Southampton suggests that on average the end of Autumn is taking place later in the year and Spring is starting slightly earlier. A team of researchers examined satellite imagery covering the northern hemisphere over a 25 year period (1982 - 2006), and looked for any seasonal changes in vegetation by making a measure of its ‘greenness’. They examined in detail, at daily intervals, the growth cycle of the vegetation –...

Plant Mapping Project Highlights Where Rarest Species Thrive
2013-10-17 15:35:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of researchers has created the most comprehensive map of rare plants to date. The new map, published in Ecology Letters, shows how climate stability plays a crucial role in the distribution of plants on Earth. It shows that rare species in the Americas are located in California, Mexico, the Caribbean islands, parts of the Andes mountains, the south of South America, and the region around Rio de Janeiro. "This...

Understanding Desert Plant Migration
2013-08-30 13:24:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research shows that greater plant density allows more water to seep into the ground. This means that people living in dry climates where water is a limited resource could do well to plant dense patches of vegetation to allow more water into the ground. This research also explains why plants in semiarid and dry climates often grow in tight clusters and long bands across the soil. In his paper, which was published last month in...

Vegetation Probed Across The Globe
2013-07-10 17:10:51

ESA The first global map of vegetation from the recently launched Proba-V has been unveiled, demonstrating that the minisatellite is on track to continue a 15-year legacy of global vegetation monitoring from space. Proba-V is designed to map land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet every two days. The data can also be used for day-by-day tracking of extreme weather, alerting authorities to crop failures, monitoring inland water resources and tracing the steady spread of...

2013-06-04 23:27:26

The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Magazine EurekaMag.com provides 36 million references including 11 million summaries in the basic and applied biological, geographical and agricultural sciences. Currently republishing its content in a more user-friendly format, this base has been expanded to include over 20,851 new studies on bio-geographical vegetation studies. Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) June 04, 2013 The Life, Earth and Health Sciences Website EurekaMag including its newly published...

Satellites See Potential Wildfire Threats In SoCal
2013-05-14 08:26:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An ongoing project using NASA and Indian satellite data has identified two factors that are creating a potentially volatile Southern California wildfire season. Scientists from NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Chapman University have tracked the relationship between rainfall and the growth and drying-out of vegetation in recent months, during what has been an abnormally dry year. The data shows that the...

Long-Term Plant-Monitoring Program Digitized By Arizona Researchers
2013-04-30 10:04:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than a hundred years of growth data on individual plants has been digitized by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona´s Tumamoc Hill. The team has made this data available for study by people around the globe. New insights into the behavior of ecosystems can be developed by knowing how plants respond to changing conditions over many decades. Tumamoc Hill´s permanent research plots represent the...

90 Percent Of Changes In Vegetation Explained By Looking At The World
2013-04-16 10:23:33

University of Zurich The climate governs the seasonal activity of vegetation; humankind influences it. In the humid mid-latitudes, temperature is the largest influencing factor for plant growth. In predominantly dry areas, however, it is the availability of water and in the high latitudes incident solar radiation. Without a doubt, humankind also has a modifying impact on the ecosystem. Satellites have been recording how the vegetation on the Earth's surface is changing since the 1980s....


Word of the Day
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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