Latest Wetlands Stories

2010-07-06 11:42:33

Changing climate could affect the diversity of plants and animals, and we can get a glimpse of what this may look like by studying the effects of drought in a relatively pristine ecosystem, according to an Iowa State University researcher. Diane Debinski has been studying the meadows in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of the Rocky Mountains since 1992. She has found that if the area's climate becomes drier as the earth's temperature climbs, it could lead to a change in the types of plants...

2010-06-30 15:30:00

BUFFALO, N.Y., June 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Nearshore and Offshore Lake Erie Nutrient Study (NOLENS) concludes this month, following a year of research headed by principal investigator Chris Pennuto, a research scientist with the Buffalo State College Great Lakes Center and professor of biology. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100630/DC29280) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100630/DC29280) The fundamental question of the study was, "Why didn't Lake...

2010-04-28 07:34:18

A binational team is studying whether running the Yuma Desalting Plant will affect Mexico's Cienega de Santa Clara, the largest wetland on the Colorado River Delta. The cienega, a 15,000-acre wetland, is home to several endangered species and is a major stopover for birds migrating north and south along the Pacific Flyway. The desalting plant, or YDP, is scheduled to begin its latest trial run May 3. "The plant will use U.S. agricultural runoff that would otherwise flow to this Mexican...

2010-04-19 07:15:00

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- "It's a miracle," says a large pond owner in New York; "best money I have ever spent," says another. What are these folks raving about? Clean Clear Blue by Organic Pond, an all-in-one treatment for large ponds. Organic Pond developed Clean Clear Blue - a blend of Pond Dye and beneficial bacteria - as an alternative to using chemicals to limit excessive plant and algae growth. "In the pond world we have been employing beneficial bacteria or...

2010-02-02 08:33:03

World Wetlands Day 2010: 'Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change' stresses the fact that caring for wetlands is a part of the solution to climate change with the slogan: 'Caring for wetlands "“ an answer to climate change.' Wetlands are vulnerable to human-induced climate change but, if managed well, they also play a role in its mitigation. These habitats will also be important in helping humans to adapt to climate change through their critical role in ensuring water and food...

2010-01-11 14:16:35

The Spanish government is hoping to save a dried wetland from an underground peat fire by unleashing floodwaters onto an expanse of the marsh now under threat due to past water mismanagement, The Associated Press reported. UNESCO recognizes the wetlands of Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park as environmentally valuable because of their importance to both resident and migrating birds. Waters were diverted over some 93 miles from the Tagus River and began pouring from an underground pipe onto...

2009-12-03 08:00:00

OTTAWA, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ - Peter Allard, the Canadian owner of an eco-tourist facility in Barbados, has filed a complaint against the Government of Barbados alleging it violated its international environmental treaty obligations at Graeme Hall Swamp. The Graeme Hall wetland is a Caribbean flyway stop for migratory birds between North and South America. The Sanctuary, located entirely within the wetland, is home to some of the heaviest concentrations of biodiversity on the island, and has...

2009-07-23 10:50:00

By comparing clear mountain lakes with brown forest lakes the scientists have been able to show that what controls production in lakes is light. This runs counter to conventional truths in lake research that says that productivity is determined by access to nutrients, such as phosphorous.  "In the brownest lakes sunlight can't penetrate more than about two meters. In clear mountain lakes, the light can reach down to depths of 15-20 meters and lead to high production of algae on lake...

2009-07-13 07:45:00

 Global warming may exact a toll on salt marshes in New England, but new research shows that one key constituent of marshes may be especially endangered. Pannes are waterlogged, low-oxygen zones of salt marshes. Despite the stresses associated with global warming, pannes are "plant diversity hotspots," according to Keryn Gedan, a graduate student and salt marsh expert at Brown University. At least a dozen species of plants known as forbs inhabit these natural depressions, Gedan said....

2009-04-06 07:22:00

Keeping Your Loved Ones and Your Pond Eco-system SAFE STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for spring, Organicpond.com LLC announces the opening of their e-commerce web site featuring natural products for large ponds. With the growing number of large aging ponds on farms, ranches and subdivisions across the U.S., property owners are seeking natural alternatives to treat weed and algae problems. Since many of these ponds are not luxury items, but are required for fire...

Latest Wetlands Reference Libraries

2013-04-19 21:07:34

Mudflats, or otherwise known as tidal flats, are coastal wetlands that form when mud is left behind by tides or rivers. They’re found in sheltered regions such as bayous, lagoons, estuaries, and bays. Mudflats might be seen geologically as exposed layers of bay mud, a result from the deposition of estuarine silts, marine animal detritus, and clays. The majority of the sediment in a mudflat is within the intertidal zone, therefore the flat is submerged and exposed about twice per day. In...

2013-04-19 18:19:23

A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the traits of a distinct ecosystem. First and foremost, the factor that distinguishes the wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the unique vegetation that has adapted to its characteristic soil conditions. The wetland consists mostly of hydric soil, which is supportive of aquatic plants. The water that is found in wetlands can be saltwater, brackish, or freshwater....

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