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February 22, 2019

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Researchers Explore an Often Ignored Source of Greenhouse Gas

Feb. 21, 2019 — Researchers have discovered a surprising new source of carbon dioxide emissions -- bicarbonates hidden in the lake water used to irrigate local ... 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

Aug. 30, 2018 — Fruit flies use the sun to avoid flying in circles, according to new ... read more

Portable Freshwater Harvester Could Draw Up to 10 Gallons Per Hour from the Air

Aug. 21, 2018 — For thousands of years, people in the Middle East and South America have extracted water from the air to help sustain their populations. Drawing inspiration from those examples, researchers are now ... read more

Does Rain Follow the Plow?

Aug. 10, 2018 — There are many factors that play a role in whether or not it rains, and new research shows that human activity may be one of ... read more

Aug. 7, 2018 — More than 100 years ago, biologists conducted a thorough survey of birds in the Mojave Desert. A recent resurvey shows that the species richness of the desert habitat has dropped by 43 percent over ... read more

Aug. 1, 2018 — Using a combination of field instrumentation, unmanned aerial vehicles and a hydrologic model, a team of researchers has been studying the fate of monsoon rainfall and its impact on groundwater ... read more

Dust Carried by Rainwater Across Texas: Study Sheds Light on Composition

July 9, 2018 — Across the US Southwest, severe drought and land?use change are projected to increase in the future, contributing to more frequent and intense dust storms and eventually dry dust fallout and dust ... read more

June 28, 2018 — The valley networks of Mars bear a strong resemblance to those found in arid landscapes on Earth. Researchers have been able to demonstrate this using the branching angles of river valley ... read more

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