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2009-03-24 08:29:51

The Great Lake's ice cover has gradually reduced by 30 percent since the 1970s, causing the biggest source of freshwater to become vulnerable to evaporation and poor water levels, say the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The scientists are worried about how the placid winter weather may influence the environment. However, they are also working to come to terms with the juxtaposition of the situation. The barely freezing weather that may melt the lake ice...

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2009-03-24 08:10:06

Rising atmospheric carbon dioxide is largely responsible for recent global warming and the rise in sea levels. However, a team of scientists, including two Smithsonian ecologists, have found that this same increase in CO2 may ironically counterbalance some of its negative effects on one of the planet's most valuable ecosystems"”wetlands. The team's findings are being published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of March 23. The team conducted their study for...

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2009-01-14 06:32:04

Early Holocene dry climate caused lakes to become disconnected The water level in the Great Lakes has varied by only about two meters during the last century, helping them to play a vital role in the region's shipping, fishing, recreation and power generation industries. But new evidence by scientists from the University of Rhode Island and colleagues in the U.S. and Canada, published last month in the journal Eos, indicates that the water level in the lake system is highly sensitive to...

2008-12-18 09:55:19

Unparalleled warming over the last few decades has triggered widespread ecosystem changes in many temperate North American and Western European lakes, say researchers at Queen's University and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.The team reports that striking changes are now occurring in many temperate lakes similar to those previously observed in the rapidly warming Arctic, although typically many decades later. The Arctic has long been considered a "bellwether" of what will eventually...

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...

2008-10-23 15:00:17

A study led by Japanese and German researchers suggests climate change will have different effects on lakes in warmer and colder regions of the Earth. Scientists from Hokkaido University, the Hokkaido Institute of Environmental Sciences, Kagoshima University and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research compared current measurements in Japan's very deep caldera lakes with measurements taken 70 years ago. The findings, said the researchers, confirm a rise in temperatures in the deep...

2008-10-09 06:00:23

By Mike Taugher Staff Writer HAYWARD -- A backhoe clawed through a dirt berm Wednesday, creating a channel that Bay water poured through to former industrial salt ponds that had not tasted tidal waters for more than a century. With the dirt berm removed, the Mount Eden Creek will spill into the former salt ponds on high tides and returning life to one rich shoreline wetlands. Mudflats will form. Pickleweed should start growing and eventually birds, fish and mammals, including...

2008-10-06 18:00:19

By E.B. FURGURSON III Staff Writer What is that big hole in the ground off Governor Bridge Road? Concerned residents are wondering what that huge pile of dirt and corresponding hole is all about. "Are they putting in a road, or a shopping center? It's huge," said Linda Garroway of Davidsonville after she passed the mound of earth carved from the ground. Actually it's neither. Local garden haven Homestead Gardens is building a 1.5-acre pond to help feed a 5-acre tree-growing...

2008-10-04 21:00:10

By Akhilesh Sourav Jha JAIPUR: Wetlands are being developed in the vicinity of Jal Mahal (Mansagar Lake) to facilitate rejuvenation with clean water in this 250-year-old lake. Besides giving a facelift to the surrounding environs, efforts are on to ensure that the different species of migratory and resident birds keep nesting and building habitat in the lake . The lake has been a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds from North America, Siberia, Europe...

2008-09-26 15:00:24

By Lisa Vernon-Sparks; David E Chopy COVENTRY -- Developer Nicholas E. Cambio has signed an agreement with the state to prevent the erosion of soil from his Centre of New England business park into neighboring lakes and wetlands. Under the agreement signed Sept. 11, Cambio must pay the Department of Environment $103,000 in fines and place $225,000 in escrow to perform drainage and other work to protect the abutting properties. The agreement lists a timetable for compliance in various...


Latest Wetlands Reference Libraries

Mudflats
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...

Wetland
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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