Soil

Soil Erosion

Duking It Out in Public

Duking It Out in Public

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Where do you stand on climate change? Is the issue settled? Do you think there are still some uncertainties to be cleared up?

Last week I wrote about a recent report on the science behind sea level rise; the authors of that report explain the models and data they’re using to  … Read More

“Closed Indefinitely”

“Closed Indefinitely”

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A co-worker came into my office this morning to tell me about the trip he almost-but-not-quite took to Big Sur last weekend. Big Sur is a scenic area on California’s central coast, popular with tourists and locals alike. One way to get there is—or at least, was—to take Highway 1.  … Read More

The Slow Dissolve

The Slow Dissolve

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The Haber process, a means of converting nitrogen in the atmosphere into ammonia, has, among other things, allowed us to produce commercial fertilizer on a tremendous scale. Developed in the early 1900s, it was a game-changing invention that has been responsible for increases in food production worldwide. In 1900, the  … Read More

Riding the Landslide

Riding the Landslide

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It’s very, very difficult to find anything good to say about landslides; they are among the most dramatic and destructive erosion-related events. And yet scientists doing a study in the Canary Islands have just given us a slightly new perspective on them.

It’s common knowledge that species living on remote islands  … Read More

Repelling the Invaders Might Not Be Such a Good Idea

Repelling the Invaders Might Not Be Such a Good Idea

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Have you been trying to eradicate invasive, non-native plants in favor of indigenous species in your area? You might want to think again, at least if controlling erosion is part of your goal.

A recent study conducted at a coastal New Jersey state park compared the protective effects of two different species  … Read More

102 Million Trees Gone

102 Million Trees Gone

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The trees are dying.

We’ve known it for a while; in California’s forests, because of the ongoing drought, trees are dying by the millions. What wasn’t clear was the scale at which it’s happening. The latest aerial survey from the US Forest Service shows that the state has about 102  … Read More

Undermined: A Worst-Case Scenario for Abandoned Mining Sites

Undermined: A Worst-Case Scenario for Abandoned Mining Sites

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We’re used to seeing situations where accelerated, manmade erosion is causing a problem: construction sites without the necessary sediment and erosion control measures, say, or streams eroding because of increased runoff from upstream development. We know how to deal with these problems, even if we don’t always get it right.  … Read More


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