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New 'atlas' reveals Earth's microscopic communities New 'atlas' reveals Earth's microscopic communities

New 'atlas' reveals Earth's microscopic communities

Vast database can help advance innovation in agriculture, energy, health

By Sierra Sarkis, NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

The planet is home to a vast number of microscopic living organisms - plants, animals, and bacteria- found from deep sea volcanoes to the highest mountain peaks. These organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye affect both human health and the health of the world’s ecosystems. Despite their centrality to life on Earth, scientists have a limited understanding of their fundamental structure. 

New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

Extensive, mature forest cover can mitigate the impact of severe heat waves, droughts and other weather extremes over large regions, according to...
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