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Six years and 12,000 holes: Cyprus mapped

It was a marathon project that took six years and the collection and analysis of some 12,000 soil samples, but an international team of geologists has managed to create the Geochemical Atlas of Cyprus.

dateOct 11, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Using ground covers in organic production

Studies by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists indicate that organic farmers who need to periodically amend their soils with compost after planting can still control weeds -- and hold down costs -- by using fabric ...

dateAug 30, 2011 in Environment
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Fingerprinting fugitive dust

Each community of soil microbes has a unique fingerprint that can potentially be used to track soil back to its source, right down to whether it came from dust from a rural road or from a farm field, according to a U.S. Department ...

dateJul 21, 2011 in Environment
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Iron legacy leaves soil high in manganese

(PhysOrg.com) -- Iron furnaces that once dotted central Pennsylvania may have left a legacy of manganese enriched soils, according to Penn State geoscientists. This manganese can be toxic to trees, especially ...

dateDec 10, 2010 in Environment
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Arctic soil study turns up surprising results

Across the globe, the diversity of plant and animal species generally increases from the North and South Poles towards the Equator but surprisingly that rule isn't true for soil bacteria, according to a new study by Queen's ...

dateSep 23, 2010 in Earth Sciences
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Tracking triclosan's field footprint

A study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and cooperators provides new details about how fertilizing soils with biosolids also introduces triclosan -- an antibacterial agent in soaps and other cleaning supplies ...

dateSep 10, 2010 in Environment
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Predicting amount of oil in contaminated soils

Scientists are reporting a new technique for mapping and testing oil-contaminated soils. Traditionally, samples need to be collected from the field and returned to a lab for extensive chemical analysis, costing ...

dateJun 09, 2010 in Environment
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