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Climate Change Threatens Survival Of Forests On Drier, Low-elevation Sites
2013-06-28 10:10:53

Oregon State University Predicted increases in temperature and drought in the coming century may make it more difficult for conifers such as ponderosa pine to regenerate after major forest fires on dry, low-elevation sites, in some cases leading to conversion of forests to grass or shrub lands, a report suggests. Researchers from Oregon State University concluded that moisture stress is a key limitation for conifer regeneration following stand-replacing wildfire, which will likely...

Herbal Earth Revealed By NASA/NOAA Project: Suomi NPP
2013-06-22 05:28:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New high-resolution images released earlier this week by NASA provide a bird’s-eye view of the areas of Earth where there is lush vegetation, as well as arid regions where the landscape is barren. The photos, which were crafted using a year’s worth of data collected by a joint NASA/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) project known as the Suomi NPP (Polar-orbiting Partnership), were revealed to the public by...

Wild Weather In 2012 Makes For Second Costliest Year In History
2013-06-13 15:49:09

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) has crunched the numbers and has a final figure. According to the data, a year of wild weather made 2012 the second costliest year since 1980, incurring overall damages in the billions. A total of 11 weather and climate disasters hit the US hard last year, resulting in 377 deaths and $110 billion in damages. 2005´s hurricane heavy weather (four hurricanes, including Katrina, made...

2013-06-13 10:04:46

A recent study in the Journal of Forestry now offers managers a tool to help them identify regions exposed to multiple forest threats. The tool uses a novel 15-mile radius neighborhood analysis to highlight locations where threats are more concentrated relative to other areas, and identifies where multiple threats may intersect. It is a technique that may have never been used before to describe forest threats, according to the researchers. "Policymakers and managers often rely on maps...

2013-06-12 23:03:08

Wildfires in California are at their height, which is why Mstar Insurance Agency is providing tips for residents to create a family evacuation and safety plan in case of danger. Los Alamitos, CA (PRWEB) June 12, 2013 According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there were about 8,000 wildfires in California last year. This statistic may be surpassed this season, because just recently, thousands of residents were evacuated from their homes due to wildfires. The natural disasters...

2013-06-11 14:07:54

New report offers an analysis of change between 1976 and 2006 A recent government report reveals that the number of houses in dispersed rural settings in western Washington has doubled over the past 30 years, and that 20 percent of nonfederal land is currently developed. "Resource lands in Washington are being lost at a rate of a football field every 18 minutes," says Andy Gray, a research ecologist at the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station. "People are concerned...

NASA Satellites Calculate Damage Of Previously Undiscovered Amazon Wildfires
2013-06-09 07:46:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A previously undetected type of wildfire occurring in the Amazon region is responsible for far more rainforest loss than deforestation in recent years, NASA scientists have discovered using innovative new satellite techniques. Known as “understory fires,” these wildfires have long remained undetected because they are located below the forest treetops, explained Tamarra Kemsley of Nature World News. However,...

Fires Burning In Northern Saskatchewan
2013-06-07 14:21:15

NASA NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image with the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, MODIS, instrument on June 05, 2013. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS´s thermal bands, are outlined in red. All three fires noted here are more than 100 hectares in size (>247 acres). According to the Government of Saskatchewan's wildfire website, this area of the province has been designated an "observation zone." This means in this area there are fewer...


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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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