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Skiing and Snowboarding : May 2012

Study Says Plants Flowering Faster

A study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature suggests that warming temperatures are causing plants to flower much faster than expected by scientific models. The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Wolkovich, observed the timing of flowering and leafing in 1,634 plant species across the world. It found that timing estimates underestimated the speed of flowering by as much as eight times and leafing by four times. Earlier plant growth could require more irrigation worldwide, increasing demand for water. "In terms of long-term observations, the records are very coherent and very consistent and they suggest for every degree celsius of warming we get we are going to get a five- to six-day change in how plants leaf and flower," she said.

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Hang Glider Pilot Swallowed Evidence

Canadian police confirmed on Wednesday that William Orders, the British Columbia hang-glider pilot involved in a fatal accident on Saturday, swallowed a memory card that may contain video evidence of the tragedy. Investigators say X-rays show the memory card inside Orders, who was charged with obstruction of justice for withholding evidence. Video from the camera mounted on the glider's wing, part of the promised experience on Vancouver Hang Gliding tandem flights, may reveal what led 27-year-old Lenami Godinez to fall to her death. Police will hold Orders in custody until he passes the memory card, which is expected to survive digestion. More charges against Orders could follow pending the evidence.

Read more at The Globe and Mail

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Head of Leki Poles Dies in Plane Crash

Klaus Lenhart, the owner of the ski-pole company Leki, died on Monday in a plane crash in Kirchheim/Teck Germany, according to a statement released Wednesday. Lenhart, 56, was traveling with a 24-year-old pilot in a single-engine private plane that crashed shortly after take-off. The pilot is believed to have survived. Leki, one of the world's top makers of ski and trekking poles, was founded in 1948.

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Adventure Video of the Week: Across the Ocean

This week, a bunch of international news outlets reported on the movement of debris from the Japanese tsunami around the Pacific. This interactive graphic from The Guardian mapped the path of the marine debris best. Around the time the reports we're swirling around the Web, Sundry Productions put out a seven-minute short showing one of the communities affected by the tsunami.

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Expedition Watch: A Honeymoon Crossing of North America

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On March 21, 2010, 35-year-old Dave Freeman and 30-year-old Amy Freeman, veteran guides for Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, welcomed 100 people on skis, dogsleds and ice skates to their wedding just outside of Ely, Minnesota. Less than a month later, the couple took off on a three-year honeymoon crossing of North America by canoe, dogsled and foot. We called the couple halfway through their 11,700-mile quest to see how things are going.

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