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April 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017

Geologist Discovers Whirlwind Phenomena in Andes Mountains

Apr. 24, 2017 — There's a lot to be learned from the winds in a Chilean desert--everything from surviving tornadoes on Earth to planning travel to Mars, with surviving climate change in between, suggests a ... read more

A Better Life in the Outback: Improving Living Standards in the Australian Desert Region

Apr. 19, 2017 — People who live in desert regions are perceived as living in hardship and isolation and surviving largely due to subsidies from the 'mainstream' economy. New research suggests that for some ... read more

Looking for Signs of the Big Bang in the Desert

Mar. 21, 2017 — The silence of an immense desolate land in which to search for reverberations coming from the time at which everything began. The Simons Observatory will be built in the Chilean Atacama desert at an ... read more

Are Herders, Livestock Bad for Rare Wildlife? It's Complicated

Jan. 13, 2017 — A new article looks at the positive and negative relationships occurring between pastoralists, livestock, native carnivores and native herbivores in the world’s largest unfenced grassland and ... read more

How Tequila Could Be Key in Our Battle Against Climate Change

Dec. 6, 2016 — Agave – the cactus-like plant which forms the base ingredient of tequila – has a nocturnal ‘body clock’ which allows it to ‘breathe’ at night and withstand the driest of conditions, new ... read more

Dec. 5, 2016 — Extermination of dingoes and the consequent loss of small mammals -- not just overgrazing by livestock -- have led to a rapid spread of woody weed shrubs across semi-arid Australia, a new study ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — As little as 6,000 years ago, the vast Sahara Desert was covered in grassland that received plenty of rainfall, but shifts in the world's weather patterns abruptly transformed the vegetated ... read more

Nov. 24, 2016 — An international team of researchers has analyzed fossils and DNA from living and recently extinct species to show that conservation sensitive Australasian marsupials are much older than previously ... read more

Nov. 14, 2016 — While scientists and policy experts debate the impacts of global warming, Earth's soil is releasing roughly nine times more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than all human activities combined. ... read more

Indirect Effects of Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels on Ecosystems More Important Than Previously Thought

Oct. 26, 2016 — The indirect effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, such as changes in soil moisture and plant structure, can have a bigger impact on ecosystems than previously thought ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Following the devastating droughts in the 70s and 80s in the Sahel region south of the Sahara desert, vegetation has now recovered. What surprised the researchers is that although it is now raining ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — The first large-scale map of rainfall declines revealed by signatures in ancient soil could help researchers better understand profound regional and global climate ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — New research reveals how a single warming event in Antarctica may be an indication of future ecosystem changes. Stationed in East Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys -- a polar desert that's ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — Researchers had to go deep to uncover brand new knowledge that they say will "shake up" the archaeological field in the southwestern United States. Various salt compounds found deep in the ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — A study of ants across three continents has revealed that their color and size is strongly influenced by their environment, and that the dominant color and average body size can change from year to ... read more

Aug. 24, 2016 — Earth scientists have untangled the curious landscape of China's Tarim Basin using a model simulation of ancient events. Despite lying in arid desert and being the site of rapidly growing, ... read more

Aug. 3, 2016 — Despite reported differences in appearance and behavior, DNA evidence finds that Namibian desert elephants share the same DNA as African savanna elephants. However, Namibian desert-dwelling elephants ... read more

Trees on Farms: The Missing Link in Carbon Accounting

Aug. 2, 2016 — While tropical forests continued to decline, a remarkable change is happening: tree cover on agricultural land has increased across the globe, capturing nearly 0.75 Gigatonnes carbon dioxide every ... read more

July 26, 2016 — A recent research report about one of the largest lithium brine and salt deposits in the world in Chile's Atacama Desert is the first to show that water and solutes flowing into the basin ... read more

July 25, 2016 — Volcanic climate perturbations that delivered cold and stormy weather to much of the Northern Hemisphere generated a combination of conditions in the Sonoran Desert that were just right for ... read more

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