Breaking Waves: Ocean News

Earthquake observatory in Northern Chile to monitor the last seismic gap
03/14/2010 - 23:00
The high-magnitude earthquake of Feb. 27, 2010 in southern Central Chile closed one of the two remaining seismic gaps at the South American plate boundary. After the quake of Concepción, the remaining gap in the north of Chile now holds potential for a comparable strong quake and is, thus, moving more and more into the focus of attention.
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Phylogenetic analysis of Mexican cave scorpions suggests adaptation to caves is reversible
03/12/2010 - 00:00
A new study of the scorpion family Typhlochactidae, a group of nine dark-adapted species endemic to Mexico, shows that specialized traits are not necessarily an evolutionary dead end. At least three reversals, or a return to generalized morphology, were found in a phylogenetic analysis.
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Scarcity of phosphorus threat to global food production
03/11/2010 - 00:00
Phosphorus is just as important to agriculture as water. But a lack of availability and accessibility of phosphorus is an emerging problem that threatens our capacity to feed the global population. Like nitrogen and potassium, it is a nutrient that plants take up from the soil and it is crucial to soil fertility and crop growth.
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