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Posted on Thursday, September 03 - 2009

A unique form of water collecting is being used in Peru to help solve the lack of water to be found on the hills surrounding the capital, large fog catching nets are set up that are capable of gathering water from the air withoutthe need for rain. "When people from rural Peru move to Lima, the capital, they're looking for a better life.

But things can be tough. It's hard to find a job in the city.The jobs they can getóbus driver, street vendor, construction workeródon't pay well." View: Full Article | Source: National Geographic

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Posted on Thursday, May 22 - 2008

Long ago, our ancestors were using caves as shelter from wild animals and the forces of nature. Perhaps, this base necessity however, has always been eclipsed by man"s curiosity and desire to explore the mystical and enigmatic air inside the abyss. In the past, Environmental Graffiti has explored some amazing uses of caves -from discotheques, temples and underground cities to hotels and primary schools. That"s only scratching at the surface however. Today, with all sorts of equipment, cavinghas turned into something of an extreme sport - it involves climbing, crawling and sometimes even swimming.

Looking at the most extreme end then, what about those caves that create the enigma, that fuel the stuff of legends; caves that appear bottomless and that seem to extend to the very center of the earth? What are the ten deepest caves on our planet? 10. Cehi 2: Slovenia"s deepest cave was mapped by Italian explorers from the Club Alpino Italiano of Trieste. They published a very interesting document, called Progressione 50: although it"s in Italian, you can see how the expedition went inside theCehi 2 (or Ceki 2:). The cave, which is in the Canin Massif, is located in the Western Julian Alps, on the Italian-Slovenian border. The alpinists managed to go as deep as 4928 feet (1502 m). To put this in perspective, the depth is over twice the height of the tallest man-made structure in the world.

View: Full Article | Source: Evironmental Graffiti

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Posted on Saturday, October 06 - 2007

Next time you purchase white button mushrooms at the grocery store, just remember, they may be cute and bite-size but they have a relative out west that occupies some 2,384 acres (965 hectares) of soil in Oregon"s Blue Mountains. Put another way, this humongous fungus would encompass 1,665 football fields, or nearly four square miles (10 square kilometers) of turf. The discovery of this giant Armillaria ostoyae in 1998 heralded a new record holder for the title of the world"s largest known organism, believed by most to be the 110-foot- (33.5-meter-) long, 200-ton blue whale. Based on its current growth rate, the fungus is estimated to be 2,400 years old but could be as ancient as8,650 years, which would earn it a place among the oldest living organisms as well.

A team of forestry scientists discovered the giant after setting out to map the population of this pathogenic fungus in eastern Oregon. The team paired fungal samples in petri dishes to see if they fused, a sign that they were from the same genetic individual, and used DNA fingerprinting to determine where one individual fungus ended. This one, A. ostoyae, causes Armillaria root disease, which kills swaths of conifers in many parts of the U.S. and Canada. The fungus primarily grows along tree roots via hyphae, fine filaments that mat together and excrete digestive enzymes. But Armillaria has the unique ability to extend rhizomorphs, flat shoestringlike structures, that bridge gaps between food sources and expandthe fungus"s sweeping perimeter ever more. A combination of good genes and a stable environment has allowed this particularly ginormous fungus to continue its creeping existence over the past millennia. "These are very strange organisms to our anthropocentric way of thinking," says biochemist Myron Smith of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. An Armillaria individual consists of a network of hyphae, he explains. "Collectively, this network is called the mycelium and is of an indefinite shape and size.

View: Full Article | Source: Scientific American

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Posted on Friday, February 06 - 2009

Scientists in Australia believe they have discovered exactly how ocean warming and cooling cycles drive a crippling drought."Farmers have applauded a research breakthrough by Australian scientists linkingtemperatures in the Indian Ocean and rainfall in the southeastern states of Australia.

The researchers believe they have discovered what drives a crippling drought. They have detailed for the first time how a variable and irregular cycle of warming and cooling of ocean water dictates whether moisture-bearing winds are carried across the southern half of Australia."

View: Full Article | Source: ninemsn.com.au

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