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Fingerprinting erosion

You may have noticed that after a heavy rainstorm, creeks and rivers often turn the color of chocolate milk. That cloudy brown color is caused by sediments—weathered rock material ranging in size from tiny granules of mud ...

dateSep 02, 2015 in Environment
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Study links climate policy to extinction trends

A new study by the University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences assessed the potential impact of future land-use scenarios, including climate change mitigation, on the loss of habitable areas in "biodiversity ...

dateSep 02, 2015 in Environment
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Nitrous oxide from urine patches in pastures

Commonly known as 'laughing gas' and currently used both in anaesthetics and as a 'legal high', nitrous oxide (N2O) is a powerful greenhouse gas produced in the soil by micro-organisms, especially so on land grazed by animals.

dateSep 02, 2015 in Environment
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