How forest fires help ecosystems and forests
By: Denise Calaman
A catastrophic forest fire will often decimate an old growth forest so that it will take years for the forest to recover. The devastating bush fires in Australia a few years ago are examples of catastrophic fires. While catastrophic forest fires are best to be...
How corporate farming impacts the environment
By: Patricia Stewart
Agriculture always impacts the environment, some of it good and some of it bad. Corporate farming, agribusiness, mono-cropping, whatever you choose to call it, is more of an act of war than an act of culture. Since the "bottom line," of corporate farming is...
The importance of aquifers
By: Nayab Naseer
Aquifers are underground water reservoirs from which people pump out water, for agricultural, industrial, or municipal uses.Most land areas on Earth have some form of aquifer underlying them. Sometimes they are close to the surface, and sometimes they are at significant depths. They either...
Why is groundwater important?
By: Suz Neave
It is interesting to observe that our survival on the surface is dependent on the resources that are held within our planet. Oil is currently the basis of our source of energy, providing us with movement, heating and power to light our homes. In the...
By: Jon Dainty Sr.
Aquifers deep under our feet hold life. This is a stark reality for many millions of Earth's inhabitants, because an aquifer is "a water-bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand, or gravel." [Merriam-Webster, 2009] For untold millions, the water "under the ground" may be the...
The importance of organically grown food
By: Vladimir Padilla
The smell, color and appearance of food is not the only thing people are looking for when selecting products. It is also becoming very important how they are grown.The cultivation of organic foods such as fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat and eggs that come...
Citrus greening disease: The effect on U.S. orange crops
By: Perry McCarney
The continental United States had a new type of illegal immigrant arrive in Florida during the 1990s. Asian citrus psyllids, small herbivorous insects sometimes referred to as jumping plant lice, were found in Delray Beach on June 2, 1998. How long they may have been...
The importance of organically grown food
By: Sherry Horton Blake
My husband and I moved to rural Oklahoma a few years ago. We bought 32 acres, mostly wooded, but we made sure that we had an open area in which to garden. The first thing we did, before even putting one building on the land...
What are the causes of mass extinction
By: James Robinson
There appears to be a growing interest in the study of terrestrial impact craters on the part of geologists and other Earth scientists. Impact craters are residual evidence on the surface of the Earth that shows that the Earth has been struck by asteroids and...
How the emerald ash borer beetle affects the ash tree
By: Kathy Rusniak
The emerald ash borer, or Agrilus planipennis, kills ash trees through a slow process of strangulation of the trees' circulatory systems. Vital water and nutrients that provide the limbs and leaves with hydration and energy are blocked by the colonization and growth of these tiny...

 

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