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River prawns stop disease spread in West Africa

The Diama Dam that spans between Senegal and Mauritania in West Africa was intended to improve crop irrigation when it was built in 1986. But while preventing saltwater intrusion, the dam also altered the region's ecology, ...

dateAug 25, 2015 in Ecology
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A fish in the desert—risky swims are key to survival

Despite the extreme environment, Australia's iconic Lake Eyre Basin is home to a range of aquatic animals – including fish. In fact, during massive floods, the desert is teeming with them. But such flood events are very ...

dateOct 19, 2015 in Ecology
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A 'blood rain' infiltrates villages of Spain

The rainwater that fell in some of the villages of Zamora (Spain) last autumn brought along a strange traveller: a green microalgae that turns a reddish colour when in a state of stress. Once this microalgae was deposited ...

dateNov 12, 2015 in Ecology
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In the dark polar winter, the animals aren't sleeping

You might expect that little happens in the Arctic Ocean during the cold and dark winter. But that just isn't so, according to researchers who have sampled the activities of many different species during three consecutive ...

dateSep 24, 2015 in Ecology
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