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Tropical soil disturbances can be a hidden source of CO2

Tropical areas like the Congo are experiencing widespread deforestation and land conversion for agriculture. Picture credits: Rob Spencer According to a recent study by Florida State University researchers, thousand-year-old tropical soils exposed by accelerating deforestation and land use in agriculture could release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Investigating 19 sites in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, researchers found …

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Researchers find carbon reserves six feet below the soil surface

November 26 (UPI) – At least one quarter of the carbon stored in the soil is in minerals about six feet below the surface. New research indicates, however, that this unique carbon reservoir will become less efficient at storing carbon through planetary warming. To better understand how increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affects the planet's climate, scientists need to …

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Carbon reserves in Central American soil are still affected by Maya deforestation

Ancient stone carving of the Mayan god Pauahtun, taken in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. Credit: Peter Douglas It is believed that more than 1,000 years ago, deforestation contributed to the mysterious collapse of the Mayan civilization. A new study shows that forest clearing has also decimated the carbon sinks in the Yucatan peninsula's tropical soils long after old cities have been …

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New satellite map shows soil deformation after Indonesian earthquake

NASA / Caltech Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) scientists used new satellite data to create a map of soil deformation on the holiday island of Lombok, Indonesia, a fatal earthquake of magnitude 6 , 9 on the 5th of August. Source: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Copernicus / ESA NASA / Caltech Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) scientists used …

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Astronaut Crew Quarters at KSC is prepared for the return to manned space flight from American soil

<! – -> <! – -> Kennedy Space Center Prepares to Return to Human Spaceflight New carpets, ceiling tiles, appliances, and fresh paint are among the enhancements made to astronaut forces at the Neil Armstrong Operation and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Here's the suit room, where astronauts are helped in their pressure suits before they leave …

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Airbus designs a Mars rover to return soil samples

Mars 2020 will drill and excavate soil samples to stick in over 30 tubes, then drop them at various points. The Fetch Rover, which could hit the planet in 2026, must be able to see it from a distance, drive autonomously to its location, pick it up with a robotic arm, and then hold it in its storage room. It …

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