By: Elizabeth M Young
Weathering is the process that breaks down soil without movement. Erosion is the process that breaks down soil with movement from ice, rain, gravity or water. Weathering occurs when rocks, soils and minerals are exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time. WEATHERING There...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Noise pollution is the consequence of our technological advancement and of our lifestyles. In urban areas, noise is created by highly concentrated masses of people, equipment, vehicles and devices. Then the noise is focused and concentrated in the urban canyons as it reflects off of...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Bioremediation was born in the era of the 1980s when the US Federal Government commissioned a study of the interactions between toxic substances and the environment. Some sites were so profoundly contaminated that the costs and the damage to the sites would have been resistant...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Of the Earth's oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the worlds second largest continuous, connected body of saltwater. This is about one fifth of the surface of the planet, and extends for 44.1 million square miles, or 106.4 square kilometers. The Antlantic Ocean separates...
Why do thunder and lightning so often go together?
By: Charlotte Louise Nystrom
Thunder and lightning always seem to be found travelling together. From one stormy front, to another the pair dances across our skies with a fiercely serene grace.Indeed, they are two of the closest companions one may imagine.Though often considered separate, thunder and lightning...
By: Elizabeth M Young
During the 1980s Lake Monoun and Lake Nyos in Cameroon exploded. Lake Monoun exploded on August 15, 1984 with witnesses describing a loud noise, and a gas cloud that emanated from part of the lake. 37 people were killed, with some confusion as to the...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Most coral reefs produce by a sexual process. About 25 percent of corals are hermaphrodic. 75 percent of corals are gonochoristic. Both hermaphrodic and gonochoristic corals have types that reproduce sexually or asexually. Corals predominantly produce sexually, or by the method of gametes (eggs) and...
By: D. Vogt
Sleet and hail do look similar - both are a form of frozen rain, yet are not snow - but are technically separate categories of precipitation. (Another similar form of precipitation is the more dangerous freezing rain.) The difference is that hail forms in...
By: Elizabeth M Young
To understand global warming and cooling, we understand the difference between climate and weather. Much of the argument for or against global warming and cooling is laden with confusion between climate and weather. How can we have global warming when there are places that are...
By: D. Vogt
In one way, sleet and freezing rain are the same - nobody really wants to see either outside the window (or coming down on their heads). The key difference between sleet and rain, however, is that freezing rain is extremely cold but does not freeze...

 

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