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Bobbing birds do it for a reason

...ds in North America--their eyes can be more than 5 feet above the ground--whooping cranes exhibit high-amplitude head movements during locomotion, making the measurement of the speed of the head relatively easy via non-invasive computer-video techniques. The cranes search both for mobile prey (frogs and i...

Road salt affects mitigation wetlands

... issue in a part of the country that gets 10 to 12 feet of snow every winter." Silver's research does show a large decrease in non-biting midges in the designated runoff wetland. The effect on other species is not yet known. There was no decrease in midges from the slightly salty wetland. In general, fre...

New project aims to make large-scale lobster farms feasible

...any uses to raise fish. The cages, anchored in 100 feet of water, are about 50 feet high by 80 feet in diameter, making for a total of 12,000 square feet of lobster larvae-snagging sur...

Scientists journey to southern Africa to unravel the secret world of elephant communication

...linas, vibrations race through the ground at 1,300 feet a second--twice as fast as in Etosha National Park...22 geophones along a straight line extending 1,000 feet from the waterhole. The array gave them the opportunity to record hundreds of seismic rumbles from e...

Shift of weather patterns necessitates rethinking of reforestation methods

...ears, the containerized seedlings averaged about 4 feet tall and 6-3/4 inches in diameter. The bare root fall-plantings averaged less than 3 feet tall and about 0.4 inches in diameter. "Now that the third growing season is under way, the fall-pl...

Transgenic plants remove more selenium from polluted soil than wild plants, new tests show

... because it can grow quickly -- up to six to seven feet tall -- and it is tolerant to many toxic conditions. It's a good plant for remediation, but we want to see if it's possible to increase its ability to absorb selenium and other pollutants ten-, one hundred-, or even one thousand- fold. This field tes...

Great White shark evolution debate involves WSU Lake Campus geology professor

... White sharks, which can reach a size of nearly 25 feet and possess two-inch teeth, have been a major research subject of his for the past four years. He holds a doctorate from Duke in paleontology, the study of prehistoric life forms. His academic background also includes master's degrees in zoology and ...

Dead zone area in Gulf could be increasing, researchers say

...ntense hypoxia levels are usually between 30 to 60 feet below the surface. Fish in this area can be "stressed," meaning they can die or, at the very least, move to other areas, which adversely affects fishermen in the dead zone region. "Bottom-dwelling marine life, where some of the most intense hypoxia ...

World's largest rainforest drying experiment completes first phase

...e Tapajós National Forest, in Brazil. A total of 6 feet of rainfall was diverted with six thousand 2' by 6' clear plastic panels suspended 3 to 12 feet above the soil. The panels were removed during the five-month dry season each year. To sort out the ...

Photos show jaguar vamping for camera

...vely sat, laid on his side or on his back with his feet in the air, rolled over, slept or simply stared back at the lens. "Perhaps he's just a big ham," speculated WCS field biologist Erika Cuéllar, who is helping coordinate the WCS jaguar survey. The Wildlife Conservation Society is working to protect j...

Falling ants glide back to trunk to avoid dangers of forest floor

...ist Stephen P. Yanoviak of UTMB. While perched 100 feet up in the rainforest canopy waiting for mosquitoes... on, though they often tumble down the trunk a few feet and occasionally bounce off. They can actually make 180 degree turns in midair, however, so even whe...

Scientists discover unique microbe in California's largest lake

...ern California. Its current elevation is about 227 feet belowmean sea level, its maximum depth reaches 51 feet and its total volumeis about 7.5 million acre-feet. It was formed in the early 1900s, whenflow from ...

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