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February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

Earth Probably Began With a Solid Shell

Feb. 27, 2017 — Plate tectonics -- a defining feature of modern Earth and the driving force behind earthquakes, volcanoes and mid-ocean spreading ridges -- did not start until later in Earth's history, new ... read more

New Standards for Better Water Quality in Europe

Feb. 27, 2017 — The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) is due to be revised by 2019. The necessary work process is already in full swing and scientific research is providing important input. In a recent study, ... read more

Low Snowpacks of 2014, 2015 May Become Increasingly Common With Warmer Conditions

Feb. 22, 2017 — Oregon experienced very low snowpack levels in 2014 and historically low snowpack levels in 2015. Now a new study suggests that these occurrences may not be anomalous in the future and could become ... read more

'Atmospheric Rivers' Associated With California Flooding Also Common in the Southeast

Feb. 22, 2017 — Much of the flood-inducing rainfall that has pummeled California over the last month flowed into the region via a river in the sky. But these so-called atmospheric rivers, which transport large ... read more

Winners, Losers Among Fish When Landscape Undergoes Change

Feb. 21, 2017 — As humans build roads, construct buildings and develop land for agriculture, freshwater ecosystems respond ? but not always in the ways one might ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Global climate change is being felt in many coastal communities of the United States, not always in the form of big weather disasters but as a steady drip, drip, drip of nuisance flooding. These ... read more

New Studies Quantify the Impacts of Water Use on Diversity of Fish and Aquatic Insects in NC Streams

Feb. 21, 2017 — The health of fish and aquatic insects could be significantly affected by withdrawals of fresh water from the rivers and streams across North Carolina according to a new scientific ... read more

Science Vs. the Sea Lamprey

Feb. 21, 2017 — A promising -- and natural -- solution to curb destructive the sea lamprey population has been developed by a team of ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Warming in the 21st century reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet, about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, according to new research. Climate change ... read more

Winners and Losers: Climate Change Will Shift Vegetation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by one-third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during ... read more

Tool for a Cleaner Long Island Sound

Feb. 19, 2017 — Ecologists have pinpointed sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate ... read more

Some Widely Publicized Papers Suggesting That Fishes and Fish Catches Will Be Smaller in the Future Are Based on False Assumptions

Feb. 17, 2017 — Some models show that fish will have a smaller size in the future due to climate changes. Three researchers are now pointing out that these models are built on false ... read more

Local Weather Impacts Melting of One of Antarctica's Fastest-Retreating Glaciers

Feb. 17, 2017 — Local weather plays an important part in the retreat of the ice shelves in West Antarctica, according to new ... read more

Snow Science Supporting Our Nation's Water Supply

Feb. 16, 2017 — Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water resources: ... read more

Fish Affected by Deepwater Horizon Spill Give Clues to Air Pollution Heart Disease

Feb. 16, 2017 — A study into the effects on fish of a 2010 oil disaster could shed new light on how air pollution affects humans' hearts, report ... read more

Deep Reefs Unlikely to Save Shallow Coral Reefs

Feb. 15, 2017 — Often highlighted as important ecological refuges, deep sections of coral reefs (30-60 m depth) can offer protection from the full force of climate change-related impacts, such as intensifying storms ... read more

How an Ice Age Paradox Could Inform Sea Level Rise Predictions

Feb. 15, 2017 — New research findings explain an Ice Age paradox and add to the mounting evidence that climate change could bring higher seas than most models ... read more

Global Ocean De-Oxygenation Quantified

Feb. 15, 2017 — The ongoing global change causes rising ocean temperatures and changes the ocean circulation. Therefore less oxygen is dissolved in surface waters and less oxygen is transported into the deep sea. ... read more

Scientists Report Ocean Data from Under Greenland's Petermann Glacier

Feb. 15, 2017 — Based on data from the first ocean sensors deployed under Greenland's Petermann Glacier, researchers report that the floating ice shelf is strongly coupled, or tied, to the ocean below and to ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet let one of its aquifers drain to the ocean, new NASA research finds. The aquifers, discovered only recently, are unusual in that they trap large amounts of liquid ... read more

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