Modern computing allows to spot isolated trees and shrubs in semi-arid areas, facilitating research on the evolution of vegetation cover.
Advanced techniques allowed our research team to build an open database of billions of individual trees and challenge some common perceptions about vegetation in arid and semi-arid zones.
Dust affect infrastructures but also human health. Here in Dakar, Senegal, on February 17, 2021, at the beginning of the Harmattan season.
Dust storms are not unusual, but intense ones have a wide range negative impacts upon multiple socioeconomic sectors. How do we address them?
The dingo fence in the Strzelecki Desert.
The dingo fence is the longest fence in the world. The environment looks almost identical on either side — until you view it from space.
In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels.
An oasis in the Sahara Desert, Libya.
Wetlands in drylands seem impossible, but their benefits to people and wildlife are very real.
The Atacama is the driest place on earth outside of a few Antarctic valleys.
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Guano helped humans farm the world's driest desert, new research finds.
Small but fierce: Grasshopper mice can eat prey that are toxic to other mice.
Animals that regularly dine on toxic food may hold clues for designing new drugs to treat persistent pain in humans.
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Australia is known as the 'land of the lizards'. These photos show why they deserve more of your attention.
Artist’s rendition of NASA’s 2020 Mars rover collecting rocks with its robotic arm.
Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.
Karnatukul during excavation in 2014, note the square holes dug below the rock walls..
They were looking to study rock art at a remote desert site but what they found showed people had been using the place almost since the first people arrived in Australia.
Loneliness (feeling alone) and solitude (being alone) are not the same thing.
For those who are finding the social distancing isolating, here are some lessons from ancient hermits, who often found joy in being alone.
Australia already has many plants that can cope with harsh conditions.
Australia's deserts can be a harsh environment but plant life still survives there. So why not use them to develop the next generation of drought-resistant crops?
A Mongolian monk tends to his solar panels, deep in the Gobi desert.
The Gobi Desert in East Asia conjures images of a remote landscape, with nomads riding across the steppe. In fact, today it is home to herders and farmers, the world’s fastest-growing economy, vast copper…
Drivers in parts of Southern England and Ireland have been finding fine red dust on their vehicles – sand blown all the way from the Sahara desert. There is now even a pollution warning because of the…
Snow falling in California can start off as dust in the Sahara desert, research has shown. Due to heavy winds early in the…