By: Elizabeth M Young
Species decline and extinction has gone on since the beginning of life on Earth. In some cases, species are extincted or in decline as far as humans can observe them, but have simply migrated or retreated to more remote and inaccessible locations. It is a...
By: Terrence Aym
All data points to the sun as the primary source of short-term and long term climate change on Earth. While volcanic eruptions such as the current one in Iceland can affect short-term weather conditions over a region, planetary climate is governed by solar activity-or lack...
By: Elizabeth M Young
Rocks are composed of minerals and crystals that can be tested for some of the common features that identify the "ingredients" of the rock. The basic tests that are done on rocks help to identify the components of the rock and to classify the rock...
Papahanaumokuakea: A US marine national monument
By: D. Vogt
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii is one of the largest marine protected areas ever created. Established by the Bush administration as a joint federal-state project, Papahanaumokuakea is not technically a wildlife sanctuary, but is home to a considerable number of threatened species, including the...
Environmental consequences of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
By: Shelly Barclay
At the time of publication, it has been roughly one month since the Deepwater Horizon oilrig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico. That explosion has resulted in millions of gallons of crude oil being expelled out of the sea floor and into the...
Profitable oil and gas exploration and production ventures
By: John Louie Ramos
Petroleum oil and natural gas are two of the scarcest yet most important natural resources of all. During this day and age where we start to realize how important oil is and how it can affect millions of lives, oil explorations have started to sprout...
Safest place to be during a thunderstom
By: Sam Smart
A thunderstorm is a weather pattern that consists of more than rain and ominous clouds. Thunderstorms, of course, can produce dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, as well as large hail. And they can be just as dangerous as tornadoes, since thunderstorms are noted for distributing strong, gusty...
By: Charles Simmins
Fr. Benito Vines can accurately be called the father of modern hurricane forecasting. His legacy is seen on our televisions every summer, from the Channel to the men and women working at the Hurricane Center. Vines died on July 23, 1893. At the time, he...
Why wind power cannot replace nuclear power
By: Jordan Cropper
It seems a vision almost too good to be true: energy captured from a breath of wind, our ever increasing needs for electricity supplied by harnessing something as old as the earth herself. Could electricity generated by wind power ever truly fulfil the insatiable hunger...
How is taconite mined?
By: Nick Ford
There was a time when the steel mills of America belched forth fire and forged more steel than elsewhere on the planet. In those days the mills devoured high grade and continued to do so until there was little left. Many of these minerals were...

 

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