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'Hero' wombats are saving other animals from drought by digging craters

'Hero' wombats are saving other animals from drought by digging craters

ShareWombats have been spotted helping other animals access water in drought-ravaged regions of Australia.These accidental heroes have been burrowing into an underground pool of water located on a beef farm southwest of Merriwa, New South Wales, . In the process, they have opened up the water hole for other species to enjoy.In this instance, the wombats apparently took on the role of environmental engineers, expanding a hole on Ted Finnie's farm. According to Finnie's estimates, the hole—which looks more like a "crater"—is now around 20 meters (65.6 feet) in diameter and four meters...

February 7, 2020
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Soot from the very start of the industrial revolution has been found at the top of the Himalayas

Soot from the very start of the industrial revolution has been found at the top of the Himalayas

ShareSoot dating back to the start of the Industrial Revolution in the eighteenth century has been detected on the world's highest mountains—long before the first climbers ascended their peaks.The findings of a new study, , show the byproducts of burning coal settled on the top of the Himalayas as early as 1780, when the European Industrial Revolution was starting to take off.Traces of toxic metals from the late eighteenth century were detected in an ice core sample taken from the Dasuopu glacier on Shishapangma, a mountain located approximately 6,400 miles from London, U.K. The first...

February 11, 2020
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