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th0011Biodegradation of organic material occurs in nature through the action of both aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms. In aerobic systems, partial oxidation of the ingested organic material is the result yielding carbon dioxide and water and undigested residue. Anaerobic bacteria will also degrade organic matter, including some abiogenic forms, in the absence of oxygen with ultimate products being non-reactive residues, carbon dioxide, and methane. These bacteria naturally occur in the environment in anaerobic“niches” such as marshes, sediments, wetlands, and the digestive tracts of ruminants and certain species of insects.

Facultative organisms are capable of persisting in either environment.

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is a bacterial fermentation process that operates without free oxygen and results in a biogas containing mostly methane and carbon dioxide. It occurs naturally in anaerobic niches such as marshes, sediments, wetlands, and the digestive tracts of ruminants and certain species of insects. AD is also the principal decomposition process occurring in landfills. 

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that the Boeotian Hesiod about 3000 years ago theorized on the entrepreneurship typical of the market (an early laissez-faire), identifying the effects of government debasement of the coinage, which causes a decrease in its purchasing power (think Adam Smith, Keynes and post Keynes), arguing about the importance of competition and the importance of justice and the law in order to foster order and harmony in society?

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that Pytheas has presence in 41 countries?

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that Pytheas the ancient Greek explorer, mathematician, astronomer and navigator must have travelled to the American continent at the time of Alexander the Great?

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