Ecosystem

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When Ant-Eating Bears Arrive, A Native Plant Thrives
Rocky Mountain meadow
January 30th, 2015
When black bears attack ant nests in a Rocky Mountain meadow, they help a native plant, rabbitbrush, grow better and produce more seeds.
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Let Nature Fill in the Details (Op-Ed)
wetlands, flooding, water
January 6th, 2014
Nature, in some situations, can do more than people to restore wetlands.
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Threats To Sharks Threaten Entire Ecosystems
tiger sharks, ecosystem threats
August 6th, 2013
For ecologist Michael Heithaus, every week is shark week.
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Bottoms Up: How Whale Poop Helps Feed the Ocean
Whale splashing, whale poop
August 7th, 2014
With no small amount of irony, the tables have turned with research discovering that we need whales for a healthy marine ecosystem, or at least their poop.
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Wolves Must Not Lose Their Endangered Status (Op-Ed)
December 19th, 2013
If wolves lose endangered status, entire ecosystems will suffer.
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The Dirt on Dirt: It's Mostly from Plains
Mississippi River sediment plume
February 22nd, 2013
Scientists are surprised to find lowlands may trap more carbon than steep slopes.
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Tiny Neighbors Keep Coral Reefs Clean
Gobies control turtleweed
January 10th, 2014
When coral reefs call, the goby fish come to the rescue.
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Meteorite Impacts Leave Behind Time-Capsules of Ecosystems (Op-Ed)
meteorite impact crater, glass beads
November 14th, 2013
Now, in what is a fascinating tale of serendipity, researchers have found that these events don’t entirely destroy all traces of life at the site of impact.
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Criteria for 'Red List' of Endangered Ecosystems Released
alvar beach
May 8th, 2013
Case studies reveal ecosystems at risk around the world.
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