By: Kimberly Napier
A riparian zone or area is the area between the land and a river or stream. Riparian is also one of the terrestrial biomes of the earth. Plants that live along this area are called riparian vegetation and consist mainly of hydrophilic plants. These are...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Biodiversity decreases in old growth forests for a variety of reasons, but first what exactly is an "old growth forest"? An aging forest is arguably composed of trees that are over 100 to 120 years old. However, "The Index of Old Growth" describes several roadblocks...
The advantages of clear cutting forests
By: Rex Trulove
Despite what some environmental groups might think, if done properly and in the right situations, forest clear cutting does have some advantages. The key is that it should be done the right way and the process needs to be monitored. Tree species Some kinds of...
By: Michael Totten
The riparian zone consists of the banks and immediate margins of rivers and streams, including adjacent wetlands and flood plains. Some definitions also include the shorelines of lakes and bays, but do not include ocean shoreline. The riparian buffer is the vegetated area along the...
The disadvantages of clear cutting forests
By: Rex Trulove
Like anything, the practice of clear cutting in forests has both advantages and disadvantages. Especially with a topic as controversial as this one, it is wise to look at both sides of the issue. There are indeed some major disadvantages of harvesting timber by clear...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
When speaking of riparian restoration, the reference is to ecology and the natural flow of rivers, streams and lakes. The steps to restore it depend to a large part on what exactly has happened. Have fish stopped using the stream? Have people made dams? Have...
Elephants in Kruger National Park
By: David Schermers
The moment we erected fences around the globe we shut down natural migratory patterns and became the shepherds to the sheep. Our primary job has become one where we are protectors of ecosystems and not merely single animal species. The elephant in the Kruger National...
By: AngelaCharles
Many people reside in a floodplain and do not even realize the fact that they live in a floodplain or the dangers of living there. FEMA describes a floodplain as “an area adjacent to a body of water”, but even they note that you...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Living close to a lake or a stream of water is any person's dream and many tend to pursue their dream by building or buying homes close to the waterfront. However, such decisions may backfire at times, especially if the lake or the stream of...
What a flood plain is and the dangers of living there
By: Keith Redfern
A flood plain, in the strict sense of the phrase, is the lowest section of a river’s valley. As a river proceeds from its source, its upper valley will tend to be a deep V shape with a narrow valley floor. Further downstream the...

 

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