News tagged with moisture

Making sure that lumber measures up

For some, it is a shocking revelation. But most Americans eventually come to accept the fact that a "two by four" board is actually 1.5 inches by 3.5 inches (38 x 89 mm). But is it really? How accurate are the dimensions ...

dateMar 02, 2017 in General Physics
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Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture

The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth's landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet's water—less than one-thousandth of a percent. Yet because of its position at the interface between the land and ...

dateJan 16, 2017 in Earth Sciences
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Soil pores, carbon stores, and breathing microbes

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently studied how moisture influences soil heterotrophic respiration. That's the breathing-like process by which microbes convert dead organic carbon in the ...

dateJan 16, 2017 in Environment
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