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Translocation of Bighorn Sheep in Arizona Has Positive Genetic Outcomes

Mar. 6, 2019 — Research shows it is possible to re-establish bighorn sheep populations without a reduction of genetic diversity over a short period and without erosion of ancestral ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A ... read more

Archeological Discovery Yields Clues to How Our Ancestors May Have Adapted to Their Environment

Jan. 3, 2019 — During the Stone Age ancestral humans lived with a variety of animal species along what was an area of wetlands in the middle of the Jordanian desert. The site, in the town of Azraq Basin, has been ... read more

A 'Pacemaker' for North African Climate

Jan. 2, 2019 — Researchers have analyzed dust deposited off the coast of west Africa over the last 240,000 years, and found that the Sahara, and North Africa in general, has swung between wet and dry climates every ... read more

Collecting Clean Water from Air, Inspired by Desert Life

Dec. 26, 2018 — A pair of new studies offers a possible solution to water scarcity, inspired by ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — A year ago, President Donald Trump announced his intention to reduce the size of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which Utah State University researchers say is a hotspot for ... read more

Nov. 26, 2018 — Studies by Brazilian researchers could have applications in crude oil pumping and missions to Mars, among ... read more

Nov. 20, 2018 — The same traits that allow barbed cactus spines to readily penetrate animal flesh also make the spines more difficult to dislodge, a new study finds. The microscopic barbs on the spines are layered ... read more

For Arid, Mars-Like Peruvian Desert, Rain Brings Death

Nov. 14, 2018 — When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death. Planetary astrobiologists has found that after encountering ... read more

Nov. 5, 2018 — While microbial communities are the engines driving the breakdown of dead plants and animals, little is known about whether they are equipped to handle big changes in climate. In a new study, ... read more

Climate Change: US Desert Areas to Become Even Drier

Oct. 24, 2018 — Geologists study rainfall patterns in the distant past to better understand how deserts in the southwest United States will be impacted by future climate ... read more

Changes in Polar Jet Circulation Bring More Dust from Sahara Desert to the Arctic

Oct. 10, 2018 — Poleward transport of warm, moist, and dust-laden air masses from the Sahara Desert results in ice melting in southeast Greenland, scientists have ... read more

Oct. 10, 2018 — Traditional indigenous burning practices are protecting plant biodiversity in Australia's Gibson Desert, according to new research. The study analyzed how environments dominated by flammable ... read more

Sep. 27, 2018 — In an ant colony, few tasks are as important as gathering food. But the desert heat can pose a challenge for an ant on foraging duty. Recent findings show how dopamine may influence the behavior of ... read more

Sep. 26, 2018 — Solar energy absorption by methane is 10 times stronger over desert regions such as the Sahara Desert and Arabian Peninsula than elsewhere on Earth, and nearly three times more powerful in the ... read more

Tropics Are Widening as Predicted by Climate Models, Research Finds

Sep. 17, 2018 — Scientists have observed for years that Earth's tropics are widening in connection with complex changes in climate and weather patterns. But in recent years, it appeared the widening was ... read more

Sep. 10, 2018 — Low-severity wildland fires and prescribed burns have long been presumed by scientists and resource managers to be harmless to soils, but this may not be the case, new research shows. According to ... read more

Sep. 6, 2018 — The 'Baldwin effect' has now been demonstrated at the genetic level in a population of dark-colored lizards adapted to live on a lava flow in the ... read more

Sep. 6, 2018 — Wind and solar farms are known to have local effects on heat, humidity and other factors that may be beneficial -- or detrimental -- to the regions in which they are situated. A new climate-modeling ... read more

Sep. 3, 2018 — The Sonoran Desert is one of the world's most biodiverse deserts, thanks to the annual monsoon, which provide a source of moisture in addition to seasonal winter rains. Researchers were able to ... read more

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