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Researchers have discovered evidence that suggests the existence of ancient snow and precipitation on Mars. Some Martian valley networks may have been created by runoff from rain or snow. The study finds that valleys at four different locations on Mars appear to have been caused by snow or rain that falls when moist prevailing winds are pushed upward by mountain ridges. The new findings are the most detailed evidence yet of an orographic effect on ancient Mars and could shed new light on the planet’s early climate and atmosphere. The scientists started by identifying four locations where valley networks were found along tall mountain ridges or raised crater rims.
India produces more than 8 million tones of fish each year, out of which 51% comes from Aquaculture i.e.- culture of fishes and prawns in ponds, tanks, reservoir and lakes. The most critical factor that is creating obstructions in the growth of Indian aquaculture sector is frequent occurrence of disease. The following article enlists the traditional, contemporary and recent advancements in professional fish disease management in terms of the therapeutic packages available for commonly occurring freshwater fin fish diseases in the region.
Emami Paper Mill at Balgopalpur industrial area, Balasore is a wood based (secondary) power plant which generates a huge amount of fly ash. The application of disposed fly ash in agricultural land may reduce the problem to some extent. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of direct land application of fly ash on plant growth of Zea mays. There are five plots prepared for cultivation of Zea mays i.e. control plot, 50%soil + %fly ash, 70% soil + 30% fly ash, 70% soil + 20% fly ash + 10% compost and soil + chemical fertilizer treated plot. The analysis of soil quality before cultivation and after cultivation in control plot and treated plot were presented in the report. The above experimental plots also showed the growth rate of production. Percentage of germination of Zea mays seeds is 73 to 100 % and %increase over control plot 21% to 42%. Application of fly ash showed the beneficial effects as compared to the chemical fertilizer. It increases the availability of N, P, K, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu. The results indicate prospect of safe disposal and utilization of fly ash in agriculture for retaining productivity of problem soils, reduced the usage of costly chemical fertilizer, bring greater economy in cultivation and minimize environmental problems.
One of the methods employed at the environmental biology laboratory is the wet mount preparation, which is useful for observing samples of polluted water and allows identifying environmental damage indicators. It is particularly important to stimulate learning with live samples; the picture above shows a microorganism known as rotifer, which is an important constituent of plankton and a predator of organic matter, bacteria, and phytoplankton. Rotifers transfer energy to fishes that are at their early growth stages; their presence on aquatic environments make possible to indicate the abundant presence of organic matter, which represent an important bio indicator to studies of ecological interest.
The objective of the study is to investigate the seasonal variations in the river water quality with respect to heavy metals contamination. Surface water samples were collected from four polluted sites of river Ganga in West Bengal during the year 2011 was analyzed for Zn, Pb, Cd and Cr. Overall a significant seasonal variation was observed for Zn, Pb, Cd and Cr. Throughout the year of study, the highest concentrations of Zn, Pb, Cd, and Cr were observed in summer, while lowest during monsoon. The mean concentrations of the metals were observed in the order: Zn> Pb> Cr> Cd. The mean concentrations of Zn, Pb, Cd, and Cr in the surface water of four sampling sites varied from 0.075-0.280, 0.033-0.141, 0.002-0.007 and 0.016- 0.022 mg/L respectively. It was observed from the study that concentration of most of these heavy metals were much higher than the maximum permissible limits.
Spatio-temporal variations of surface water pH in the eastern sector of mangrove dominated Indian Sundarbans were examined in detail for the first time. The gradual decrease of surface water pH is interpreted as signal of climate change and its possible causes are briefly outlined in this first-order analysis. The significant spatio-temporal variation of surface water pH can be attributed to factors like seawater intrusion into the Indian Sundarbans estuaries from the Bay of Bengal, the freshwater contribution from the Bangladesh Sundarbans through several channels, creeks and tributaries of Padma- Meghna-Brahmaputra system and photosynthetic activity of the huge chunk of mangrove vegetation that exhibit variable biomass and area around the selected stations. The sudden rise of aquatic pH during 2009 in all the stations is a direct consequence of sea water intrusion during AILA, a super cyclone that hit Sundarbans on 25th May, 2009. The polynomial equation between mangrove forest area (assessed from AwiFS data for June 2010) and aquatic pH (y = 0.0004x2 + 0.0049x + 8.234; R2 = 0.8563) strongly supports the positive influence of mangrove photosynthetic activity in shifting the equilibrium towards alkalinity and calls for conservation of mangrove ecosystem to minimize the pace of acidification of estuarine water.