Tag: "western" at biology news
Human plague cases increasing in Southwest
...lly ground squirrels, and plague spread throughout western
North America. Plague is now most commonly found in the southwestern United States -- in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California. Major risk factors for humans include contact with diseased wild mammals or their infected fleas, and exposure to...
Feeding the world by cleaning the air: study ties heavy regional haze to reductions in China's crop production
...h spring with dust from desert regions in the western
part of the country. The research was done as part of the China-MAP project, supported by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of its long-term climate studies. The study was done by a consortium of gr...
A little help from below: naturally occurring microbes ready to lend a hand trapping radioactivity underground
... metals in calcite deposits in arid regions of the western
United States. The groundwater in arid regions is often saturated with calcium carbonate. Since the water cannot hold any more of the substance, additional calcium carbonate gradually drops out of solution and forms calcite in the surrounding rock...
Fertilizers linked to amphibian deaths
...ncluding the Oregon spotted frog, red-legged frog, western
toad, Pacific treefrog and northwestern salamander. In the past 40 years the Oregon spotted frog has largely disappeared from most of its known historical range, an area of lowlands with intensive agricultural use. The scientists tested the sensitiv...
Past climate change effects on mammals may mirror global warming impact
... effects of climate change on small mammals in the western
United States may provide a snapshot of the future...ons. When the climate of the Great Basin of the western
U.S. shifted dramatically and became more arid between 8,300 and 5,000 years ago, the number of smal...
UNC-CH researchers to comb N.C. mountains for iron problem chiefly affecting Scots, Irish
CHAPEL HILL Low-income people in western
North Carolina will be tested over the next two ye...rogram will precede screening, which will cover 14 western
N.C. counties. "Physicians and other health-care providers learn about this disease, but they do...
INEEL microbiologist joins Japanese on expedition to tap marine-methane deposits
...mpany for the past four years, was one of only two western
researchers invited to participate in what has come to be known as the "MITI Research Hole." The culmination of several years of planning, the expedition is part of a general effort by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI)...
Stream size major factor in nitrogen reaching the Gulf of Mexico
...ea of oxygen-depleted waters is the largest in the western
Atlantic Ocean. "The spring inflow of nitrogen-enriched waters from the Mississippi River into the poorly mixed, shallow Gulf waters causes excessive algal production," Alexander explained. "Then, the decay of the algae depletes the oxygen in the ...
Chytrid fungus associated with boreal toad deaths in Rocky Mountains
...d mortality or the declines of amphibians in many western
states is still unknown. The boreal toad (Bufo boreas boreas) is listed as endangered by Colorado and New Mexico, although no known populations now exist in New Mexico. The southern Rocky Mountains population (Colorado, New Mexico and southeastern W...
Italian wolves haven't gone to the dogs--yet
...o-authored this paper. Wolves are gone in much of western
Europe and nearly died out in Italy. By the 1970s,...ation between wolves and feral dogs in Romania and western
Russia. To see if Italian wolves have also interbred with dogs, Randi and his colleagues compared th...
Mountains of variables: The effect of landscape features on atmospheric deposition
... elevations on the northern, southern, eastern and western
aspects of the mountain were sampled, as were some from the edge to the interiors of forested stands. The team also collected soil from below both coniferous and deciduous tree stands at both low and high elevations. They then measured the amount of...
Acid rain revisited: ESA releases report on the ecological response to acid deposition
... forest health and degraded water quality. In the western
US, scientists have observed the early stages of nitrogen saturation in high elevation ecosystems of the Colorado Rockies Front Range. The effects of saturation are also seen in the Los Angeles Basin of California, and the more exposed regions of th...
Cancer conference unveils new alternative therapies, research
...and prostate cancer, and promising new Chinese and western
herbal therapies. The conference includes four tracks: patient, practice, research and healing. Pre-conference workshops focus on techniques to integrate complementary and alternative therapies in oncology practices. The conference also launches Co...
June 'Geology' and 'GSA Today' highlights
...Tertiary boundary preserved in eastern Montana and western
North Dakota. This study addresses the abundance of dinosaur fossils below and even within that 3 meter gap. The authors suggest that the gap does not really exist and that it is simply an illusion due to the rarity of dinosaur fossils. The uppermost...
New research centre to continue 200-year-old traditions
...tened conservationists proposed that its uncleared western
end should be set aside as a refuge for species that might become extinct on the mainland. They secured Flinders Chase as a reserve, and introduced a wide range of fauna, including Koalas, Platypus and Cape Barren Geese. The animals thrived, and the...
Saving the whales -- how scientists measure success
...y may result from the small population size of the western
North Atlantic right whales -- which number only 3...conservation policy," they state. For example the western
North Atlantic right whales, which have been researched extensively, may be falling peril, in part, ...
Food chain length depends on size of pond
...d New York, and some of the larger Finger Lakes in western
New York) as well as small lakes and several ponds near Madison, Wis., and West Point, N.Y. Researchers studied aquatic food chains that begin with green photosynthetic algae and culminate in large fish like walleye, lake trout, northern pike and la...
Cincinnati researchers document environmental problems caused by tourist trade in Crete
...ing a temporary fence around the beachhead and the western
edge to prohibit individuals from entering it. 2.) Removing the garbage. 3.) Setting up channels of communication with the neighboring municipality of Gouves so that the bordering city can work in cooperation to save the wetland. 4.) Installing a mes...
Taking the pulse of giants: Detecting change and its consequences in western mountain ecosystems
...he effects of air pollution upon ecosystems in the western
mountain ranges, including the coastal ranges of Southern California, in her presentation entitled, "Air Pollution: A Chronic Stressor in Western Mountains." Issues of concern include: visibility-reducing particles; the deposition of nitrogen and sul...
USGS diagnoses causes of many US amphibian die-offs
...ction is the culprit in most of the deaths of U.S. western
tiger salamanders at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Se...ted with numerous tiger salamander die-offs in the western
United States and Canada. USGS virologist Douglas Docherty has isolated iridoviruses from tiger sala...
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