By: Mac Pike
An invasive species is one which is not native to a given area and which by means of aggressive growth when once introduced acts to diminish or choke out local species to the detriment of the ecosystem. The consequences of this intrusive behavior can be...
Why some people view nature as an enemy to be conquered
By: Christyl Rivers
Ever notice all the references to nature’s wrath, nature’s fury or sometimes of wild places and creatures: savage killing machine, man-eater, perfect predator and so on. It seems every other channel there is shark week, venom avenue and deadliest disasters. Every nature program...
By: Retha Boswell
There is an exceptionally huge list of invasive plants that have taken up residence in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Many of them are Asian species in origin and from parts of Asia with a similar climate to the mid-Atlantic states. They are...
By: D. Vogt
In May 2013, scientists at Cornell and Cincinnati universities announced that 380-million-year-old clam fossils show evidence of how the natural ecosystem can stay surprisingly stable even during periods of severe environmental change. The research was published in the journal PLOS One. The geological period in...
What kinds of invasive species of plants are in the US Midwest?
By: Christyl Rivers
Invasive species are those which are so opportunistic that they quickly displace native plants. Often they trigger cascade effects by eliminating a key food source for herbivores and in turn the native predators that depend upon them. They can carry plant diseases, pathogens and destructive...
By: Michael Totten
Unlike temperate forests, where forest fire is essential to continued forest health and even species reproduction, fire is not a natural part of a rain forest cycle. Nearly every rain forest fire which has been observed from satellites is adjacent to human habitation, and the...
By: Retha Boswell
A large amount of plant species are invasive in the southern United States. Many of them are native to moist, warm climates similar to the southern states. Invasive plants can be anything from trees to shrubs, vines, grasses, and other types of plants. These exotic...
By: Michael Totten
Executive Order 13112 defines an invasive plant as a non-native species "whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." State invasive plant lists in the Midwest include all invasive plants which are listed in the...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Differences between mountain and forest soil include parent material, climate, animals, topography and time. If any of these factors differ, the soil composition will change. Parent material refers to where the soil originated. Climate has to with weather and erosion. Animals live and move in...
How climate change might end civilization as we know it
By: Christyl Rivers
It is possible that civilization as humans now know it is ending. Climate change affects people's lives in many ways. One is energy dependency; another is food production and how it will continue. Yet another is human response and attitude about sharing the world and...

 

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