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2009-03-30 08:06:06

U.S. scientists say rising levels of carbon dioxide might result in a rise in seal levels but might also help coastal wetlands survive such an event. Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide is largely responsible for recent global warming and the rise in sea levels, researchers from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md., and the U.S. Geological Survey said in a paper. But they said they also determined the increase in CO2 might counterbalance some of its negative effects...

2008-11-07 15:00:10

New research by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has identified that the continued loss of wetlands in Manitoba is increasing phosphorus loads into Lake Winnipeg equivalent to dumping 10 semi loads of commercial agricultural fertilizer or 544,000 bags of lawn fertilizer directly into the lake every year. "Never before has DUC's push to stop the loss of wetlands been so staunchly supported by research," says Bob Grant, Manager Provincial Operations for Ducks Unlimited Canada. "Our results are by...

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2008-10-25 11:35:00

China's farmers and merchants should take advantage of new agricultural and business opportunities that could help mitigate some effects of the annual flooding behind the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, according to an Ohio State University wetland expert. The level of water in the reservoir behind the dam will top off at 575 feet above sea level during the coming winter. The reservoir pool, covering abandoned cities, houses and farm fields formerly populated by an estimated 1.5...

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2008-10-08 15:18:41

In one of the first comparisons of its kind, researchers have demonstrated that wetlands in tropical areas are able to absorb and hold onto about 80 percent more carbon than can wetlands in temperate zones. The scientists extracted soil cores from wetlands in Costa Rica and in Ohio and analyzed the contents of the sediment from the past 40 years. Based on their analysis, they estimated that the tropical wetland accumulated a little over 1 ton of carbon per acre per year, and the temperate...

2008-10-08 15:00:20

Environment Waikato has awarded $19,500 to the Moehau Environment Group (MEG) to help with the conservation of a nationally important Coromandel wetland area. MEG is an organisation working to protect the northern Coromandel Peninsula's natural environment. The money will help the group survey the condition of the wetlands, particularly the extent of invasive weeds, around Waikawau Bay, between Kennedy Bay and Port Charles. The 62ha Waikawau Bay wetlands have high ecological and conservation...

2008-10-01 15:00:21

A U.S. scientist says Louisiana Coastal residents counting on wetlands restoration to protect storm buffeted infrastructure are waging a losing battle. Western Carolina University researcher Robert Young, director of the school's Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, said focusing on wetlands restoration provides "false hope" and prevents endangered communities from clearly planning for the future. As hurricanes pounded the Gulf of Mexico this fall, Young said the media were...

2008-09-29 14:41:01

By DIANA BOWLEY; OF THE NEWS STAFF TOMHEGAN TOWNSHIP - A New York couple who violated federal wetlands protection rules when they expanded a private airstrip and developed a rock quarry at their seasonal property have been fined $115,000. Robert and Gayle Greenhill, who own more than 3,200 acres on Moosehead Lake's western shore, were fined for filling 1.5 acres of freshwater wetlands on their property between 2001 and 2005, David Deegan, public affairs spokesman for the U.S....

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot norfolk A wetlands dispute between federal regulators and the developers of Edinburgh, a community in southern Chesapeake, has resurfaced and appears headed back to U.S. District Court in Norfolk. Edinburgh was the subject of contention in 2002 that resulted in a $500,000 state fine for destruction of nontidal wetlands and a legal compromise that allowed some homes and shops to be built. Several of those homes were featured in...

2008-09-18 18:00:20

By THORNE, Dylan THE Government has paid $1 million for 240ha of wetland and regenerating native forest in Waituna to ensure its protection as an important ecological area. Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick said the land was a key addition to the Awarua/Waituna Wetland, as it links two internationally significant wetland blocks. The $1 million block, bought last month by the Government- created Nature Heritage Fund, joins the Waituna Wetland Scientific Reserve with the large...

2008-09-12 15:00:14

By DIANA BOWLEY; OF THE NEWS STAFF TOMHEGAN TOWNSHIP - The owners of a $15 million seasonal home on the western shore of Moosehead Lake could face a fine of up to $157,500 for allegedly violating federal wetland protections. Robert and Gayle Greenhill of New York, N.Y., who own more than 3,200 acres of property in Tomhegan Township, violated federal law when they filled in 1.5 acres of freshwater wetlands to expand a private airstrip and to develop a rock quarry, according to the federal...


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Lucia Widow, Palpopleura lucia
2013-07-17 11:23:24

The Lucia widow (Palpopleura lucia) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in a large range that includes Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia, among many other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers a habitat in tropical and subtropical habitats near rivers, swamps, wetlands, lakes, and marshes. The total population number of this species is not known and it is threatened by habitat loss due to drainage modifications and...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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