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CU-Boulder-led Team Gets First Look at Diverse Life Below Rare Tallgrass Prairies

Published: October 31, 2013.
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America's once-abundant tallgrass prairies—which have all but disappeared—were home to dozens of species of grasses that could grow to the height of a man, hundreds of species of flowers, and herds of roaming bison.

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Fire Severity in Southwestern Colorado Unaffected by Spruce Beetle Outbreak
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Ancient Permafrost Quickly Transforms to Carbon Dioxide Upon Thaw
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Belief in Climate Change Not Linked to Wildfire Mitigation Actions
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CU-Boulder Study Shows Caffeine at Night Delays Human Circadian Clock
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