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July 28, 2016
Exploring one of the largest salt flats in the world
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 28, 2016
A recent research report about one of the largest lithium brine and salt deposits in the world in Chile's Atacama Desert by geoscientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first to show that water and solutes flowing into the basin originate from a much larger than expected portion of the Andean Plateau. The astonishingly massive evaporite deposit, 3,900 feet (1,200 m) thick, appears to be draining an area far larger than a map-based or topographic watershed would suggest, says l ... read more

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Marine carbon sinking rates confirm importance of polar oceans
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World Bank freezes funds for DR Congo dam project
The World Bank has frozen funding for a massive dam project in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the government altered plans for the project. ... more
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PACE will help uncover new information about health of our oceans
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