Caliche

Buzzwords Caliche is a sedimentary rock, a hardened natural cement of calcium carbonate that binds other materials—such as gravel, sand, clay, and silt. It occurs worldwide, in aridisol and mollisol soil orders—generally in arid or semiarid regions, including in central and western Australia, in the Kalahari Desert, in the High Plains of the western USA, in …

Birdsong

Buzzwords Bird song = Musical vocalizations of birds, typically uttered by a male songbird in characteristic bursts or phrases for territorial purposes Recommended Listening Is birdsong music? Planeta.com Birds Dawn Chorus Wildlife

Billabong

Billabong = a branch of a river forming a backwater or stagnant pool, made by water flowing from the main stream during a flood. Origin mid 19th century: from Wiradhuri bilabang (originally as the name of the Bell River, New South Wales), from billa ‘water’ + bang ‘channel that is dry except after rain.’ Embedded …

Space for Nature

Hashtags Recapping the February 27-28, 2018 event: #SpaceforNature The challenge We are rapidly losing Earth’s wild species and wild spaces, with global vertebrate populations having declined by two-thirds by in the last 40 years.  Under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have pledged to protect at least 17% of …

Titanium

Titanium is a chemical element with symbol Ti and atomic number 22. It is a lustrous transition metal with a silver color, low density, and high strength. Titanium is resistant to corrosion in sea water, aqua regia, and chlorine. – Wikipedia Recommended Listening https://www.rnz.co.nz/programmes/elemental/story/2018717640/titanium-light-strong-and-quite-pretty Planeta Periodic Table

Submarine Canyon

Buzzwords Submarine canyon = Steep-sided valley cut into the seabed of the continental slope, sometimes extending well onto the continental shelf, having nearly vertical walls, and occasionally having canyon wall heights of up to 5 km, from canyon floor to canyon rim Wikipedia Submarine canyon Planeta.com Ocean

Seasons

Photo: NASA Goddard, Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices Seasons = each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the changing position of the Earth with regard to the sun Also see: seasonality spring Spring summer Summer autumn Autumn winter Winter Sámi …

Petrichor

Nature Buzzwords Petrichor = The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell The term was coined in 1964 by two CSIRO researchers, Isabel Joy Bear (Australian) and Roderick G. Thomas (British), for an article in the journal Nature. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning “stone”, + ichor, the fluid that flows in …

Pluto

Photo: NASA Marshall, Pluto (False Color) The distance between the Earth and the sun is an AU, or astronomical unit — the equivalent of about 93 million miles. Pluto is 34 AU away. Elsewhere on the Web http://pluto.jhuapl.edu http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2016/0711-new-horizons-science-team-meeting.html http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/PI-Perspectives.php?page=piPerspective_04_14_2016 https://blogs.nasa.gov/pluto/2015/12/24/pluto-through-a-stained-glass-window-a-movie-from-the-edge-of-our-solar-system – @Alex_Parker http://www.skyandtelescope.com/uncategorized/top-10-surprises-from-the-pluto-flyby/ http://www.sciencemag.org/content/350/6258/aad1815.full.pdf http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/pluto-results-in-science-101520155 https://blogs.nasa.gov/pluto/2015/10/05/plutos-small-moons-nix-and-hydra/ http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest-blogs/2015/0611-telling-plutos-story.html http://www.nasa.gov/worldbook/pluto_worldbook.html http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2014/04300900-iau-planet-definition.html http://radio.seti.org/blog/2014/09/big-picture-science-a-sudden-change-in-planets-alan-stern-new-horizons http://www.universetoday.com/117291/2015-nasas-year-of-the-dwarf-planet http://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-tool-lets-you-experience-earth-on-pluto-time http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/plutotime …

Allemansrätten

Buzzwords Allemansrätten = Freedom to Roam (Swedish) Key Links The Right of Public Access (‘Allemansrätt’), or Outdoor Access Rights gives you the right to roam the countryside in Sweden in perfect peace and quiet. When you are in Sweden you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the …