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July 11, 2013
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Underwater cypress forest found off coast of Ala.
Scuba divers have found a well-preserved, 52,000-year-old forest of bald cypress trees on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico near Alabama. The forest, which was buried under ocean sediment and may have been revealed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, could hold climate history and provide data about sea levels in the Gulf of Mexico. If the forest is not examined soon, ocean life could destroy it. "The longer this wood sits on the bottom of the ocean, the more marine organisms burrow into the wood, which can create hurdles when we are trying to get radiocarbon dates," said dendrochronologist Grant Harley, who has researched the site along with Louisiana State University geographer Kristine DeLong. LiveScience.com/Our Amazing Planet (7/8)
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Geography professor honored for soil research
University of Kansas geography professor Bill Woods has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden for his research on a fertile kind of soil in the Amazon rainforest. Woods has spent a long time studying soil, and his work has contributed to the current understanding of the Amazon as an area that may have once contained as many as 20 million people. Woods has received the degree, but his efforts to travel to Sweden for a ceremony have thus far been thwarted by health problems. Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) (7/3)
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2001 to 2010 was hottest decade on record, WMO report says
The world experienced its hottest decade from 2001 to 2010 since reliable weather record-keeping began, according to a report from the World Meteorological Organization. "Rising concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are changing our climate, with far-reaching implications for our environment and our oceans, which are absorbing both carbon dioxide and heat," said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. Reuters (7/3)
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Researchers seek residents' help in studying European hill forts
British researchers are hoping to assemble a database of the 5,000 hill forts spread across Ireland and the U.K. To that end, they are asking residents to provide information about local forts to a website. "There is huge variety in where the hill forts were sited and the materials used to construct them," said Gary Lock, who is co-directing the research. The lion's share of the forts were constructed after 700 B.C., and the largest ones cover as much as 200 acres. LiveScience.com (7/8)
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Esri launches free "Urban Observatory" project to public
Global mapping company Esri unveiled an "Urban Observatory" at its annual conference in San Diego this week that allows users to compare data points for major cities across the world side-by-side. Users can download a free application and compare data on traffic density, population and more in cities such as Tokyo and Los Angeles. "Interactive maps and standardized information let you investigate every aspect of life. It establishes a common language for cities to share and learn," Esri founder Jack Dangermond said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (7/9)
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Calif. Supreme Court: Government GIS databases must be open to public
Government geographic information systems databases fall under public records law and must be provided at cost of duplication, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. The ruling will likely make it easier for advocacy organizations, environmentalists and journalists to get access to the databases, Tony Barboza writes. While many of California's counties already provide the databases for a small fee, the case stemmed from Orange County's refusal to provide a land database to the Sierra Club without the group paying a licensing fee. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (7/8)
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Craft brews in Tampa, Fla., minimize carbon footprints
Large breweries that ship large quantities of water out of an area are a cause for concern, according to Toby Martin Applegate and Doug Nelson. "Local production and consumption of beer can minimize carbon footprints through lower transportation costs and by keeping the beer in the local water cycle." In this article on craft brewing in Tampa, Fla., Applegate and Nelson also list places to try when visiting for the AAG Annual Meeting. Read more.
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AAG Florida Annual Meeting is ideal for field trips
Florida is a great place for field trips to beaches, the Everglades, Tarpon and Homosassa Springs, Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, museums and research centers, the Hillsborough River, Sanibel and Pine Islands, Lake Okeechobee, Miami and Key West. The AAG is accepting field trip proposals for the annual meeting in Tampa, April 8-12, 2014. Proposals are due by Nov. 1. Learn more.
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