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The Influence of Bedrock on Vegetation
April 15, 2014 | National Science Foundation

“Scientists investigated the factors that influence forest cover in California’s Sierra Nevada. Bedrock may be as important as temperature and moisture, they found, in regulating the distribution of trees and other vegetation across mountain slopes.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press release.

Satellite Data and Corn Belt Productivity
April 10, 2014 | NASA

“Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists.” Quoted from the NASA press release.

Fire Tornado in Colorado
March 23, 2014 | Weather Channel

Several firefighters were doing a controlled burn in Colorado when a fire tornado erupted and stirred hundreds of small tumbleweeds into a swirling inferno.

Volcanoes Helped Species Survive Ice Ages
March 18, 2014 | The Australian National University

“The steam and heat from volcanoes and heated rocks allowed many species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages.” Quoted from The Australian National University press release.

Global Forest Watch
February 27, 2014 | Global Forest Watch has an interactive Google map that allows you to explore where tree cover loss and gain is occurring – on a time line – throughout the world.

See article here.

Snow-Covered Trees?
January 30, 2014 | Weather Channel

The Weather Channel has some interesting photos of some snow covered trees from in northern Finland, near the Arctic Circle. If you didn’t know the scale you might think that they are clouds from an atomic or volcanic blast.

Mapping Global Forest Losses and Gains
November 20, 2013 | NASA

“The ravages of deforestation, wildfires, windstorms and insects on global forests during this century are revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study based on data from the NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 7 satellite.” Quoted from the NASA press release.

How Trees Defy Gravity
November 12, 2013 | Veritasium on YouTube

How can water be transported from the ground to the leaves at the top of a 100-meter-tall-tree?

Coal Plants Co-Firing with Wood?
November 5, 2013 | New York Times

A number of coal-fired power plants are experimenting with adding wood to their fuel stream. It is viewed by some as a way to boost the use of renewable fuels, improve emissions and lower the carbon footprint of the coal plants. The problem: The supply of wood is not reliable!

Peruvian Cloud Forests in Jeopardy
September 24, 2013 | Wake Forest University

“Peru’s cloud forests are some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. Researchers have new evidence that shows rapid 21st century warming may spell doom for tree species in Peruvian cloud forests, with species losing 53 to 96 percent of their populations.” Quoted from the Wake Forest University press release.

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Climate Change and Crop Disease
September 9, 2013 | BBC

A BBC article explores how climate change could drive the spread of insects and diseases that ruin crops.

Tree Rings and Rio Grande Stream Flow
September 3, 2013 | New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources

The most recent edition of New Mexico Earth Matters has an article titled: “Tree-ring insights on New Mexico’s Monsoon and Rio Grande Stream Flow”.

Sinkhole Swallows Trees in Louisiana
August 23, 2013 | CNN

API and AAA vs EPA?
July 18, 2013 |

The renewable fuel standard program requires refiners to blend ethanol with gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency approved a 15% ethanol blend, which many believe will harm engines, result in lower gas mileage, divert farm resources away from food and squander water resources.

Sky Islands
July 4, 2013 | Yosemite National Park

“Throughout the Sierra Nevada, high flat plateaus are found at elevations around twelve and thirteen thousand feet. These isolated sky islands are the home to unique plant communities that are found nowhere else.” Quoted from the Yosemite National Park video description.

Reviving Moss Frozen for 400 Years
May 31, 2013 | National Geographic

Moss frozen for an estimated 400 years in a Nunavut glacier has been exposed by glacial retreat and is growing again.

Spring 2012 Earliest on Record
May 22, 2013 | USGS

“March 2012 set records for warm temperatures that promoted early leafing and flowering across large areas of the United States.” Quoted from the USGS press release.

GeoCorps Internships and Short-Term Positions
May 2, 2013 | Geological Society of America

GeoCorps America is a program offering paid, short-term geoscience positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world.

Just a few of the Fall/Winter Positions….

Curator Intern – Dinosaur National Monument
GIS Technician – Delaware Water Gap
Hydrological Technician – Redwoods National Park
Physical Science Technician – Grand Canyon National Park
Guest Scientist – Yosemite National Park

Ecosystems of Africa Map
April 14, 2013 | United States Geological Survey

The Association of American Geographers, the United States Geological Survey, NatureServe and The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development are major contributors to a collection of standardized terrestrial ecosystem maps for the African continent.

Climate Change Pushing Species North
March 14, 2013 |

A gallery on the website illustrates how warming climates in many parts of the world are pushing plant species

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