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Texas Tomato Growers Slicing Into Vegetable Market with Fresh Fruit All Fall

COLLEGE STATION – Tomatoes are the Type B’s of the vegetable world: Laid-back, creative, collaborative. Newswise — Want a slice on a burger? Fine. Chopped into a salad? Great. Pureed and slathered over a pizza crust? Yum. Steeped in a winter stew? Ahhhh.

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Mapping the Monster: Saving a Town from Disaster

A graduate student has used FEMA software in a new way to predict the effects of rising lake levels on Minnewaukan, N.D. Devils Lake has risen nearly 29 feet since 1993, and is in danger of overtaking the town, which was once eight miles from the lake. The maps will help officials and citizens make decisions about whether to relocate all or parts of the town.

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Floodplains, Flood, Flooding, dam, Climate Change, Lidar, U.S. Geological Survey, River System, Ecology, bald cypress

Swamped in Climate Research, Geographers Shedding New Light on Congaree National Park Floodplain

Geography researchers at the University of South Carolina are conducting climate research at the Congaree National Park, the largest old-growth floodplain forest that remains in the North America.

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Earthquakes, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tsunami, Plate Tectonics, Subduction, great earthquake, triggered earthquakes

A Seismic Triple Whammy: Deadly Quake was Really 3 Big Jolts

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A magnitude-8.1 earthquake and tsunami that killed 192 people last year in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga actually was a triple whammy: The 8.1 “great earthquake” concealed and triggered two magnitude-7.8 quakes.

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Pakistan, Pakistan flood, Pakistan flooding, Pakistan disease, Pakistan water-borne disease, water-borne disease expert, The George Washington University Medical Center

Expert to Comment on Risk of Water-Borne Diseases in Pakistan

Dr. Peter Hotez from The George Washington University is available to comment on the risk of water-borne diseases as a result of the recent flooding in Pakistan.

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megaflood, Alaska, Wasilla, 1964 Earthquake, Glacial Lake Atna

Part of Alaska Inundated by Ancient Megafloods

New research indicates that one of the largest fresh-water floods in Earth's history happened about 17,000 years ago and inundated a large area of Alaska that is now occupied in part by the city of Wasilla.

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Levee, Mississippi River, Portable Lightweight Ubiquitous Gasket, Emergency, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, Natural Disasters, Hydrology, Water Management, Infrastructure, Flood

Mean Old Levee - Homeland Security's Levee PLUGS Pass A Second Test

The levee failures during Hurricane Katrina are still fresh in the American mind. Homeland Security's Wil Laska wants to make sure that if we cannot completely prevent levee breaches, we have a fast remedy for when they DO occur.

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New Tsunami Education Web Site Developed by Oceanographers

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Scientists and Web developers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have created a new educational Web site with crucial tips on how to prepare for and survive a tsunami. Tagged as “an interactive guide that could save your life,” the site also features the latest tsunami-related science research and compelling tsunami survivor videos and interviews.

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Education and Planning Cut Death Toll in Samoa Tsunami

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Community-based education and awareness programs minimized the death toll from the recent Samoan tsunami, according to a team of researchers that traveled to Samoa last month. Funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, the team collected data to document the impacts of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami that occurred on Sept. 29.

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Cholera, Bangladesh, Climate, Bay of Bengal, Epidemic Forecasting, Bengal Delta, Outbreaks, Floods

New Insight into Predicting Cholera in the Bengal Delta

In Bangladesh cholera epidemics occur twice a year. Scientists have tried, without success, to determine the causes – and advance early detection and prevention efforts. Researchers from Tufts University have proposed a link between cholera and fluctuating water levels in the region's three principal rivers – the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna.


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