By: Shirley Bourget
Leon Teisserenc de Bort may not be a familiar term or household name but the Ozone Layer is. Without Teisserenc’s discovery of this important part of Earth's atmosphere, the world of meteorology would not be what it is today. Leon Teisserenc de Bort was...
By: Tim Souhrada
The most violent super volcano explosion over the last several million years is thought to have killed an estimated 60% of humans alive at the time of its eruption. Scientists can't predict when and where the next eruption will take place. They haven’t even...
Leon Teisserenc de Bort's contribution to meteorology
By: Nick Ford
Léon Philippe Teisserenc de Bort was a French experimental meteorologist whose research with high altitude balloons led to the discovery of the stratosphere. He lived from 1855 until 1913. He conducted his key work from 1898 until 1902. In 1902 he published a famous...
Massive geoengineering project seeks to cool city with 'ice shield'
By: Terrence Aym
In a stunning bid to combat rising heat in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, engineers are embarking on a bold plan to cool the city with a mammoth block of ice.The amazing geoengineering product has never been attempted on such a scale and is...
Why mature forests aren't as bio-diverse as young forests
By: Reynold Conger
We tend to think older is better, but often do not define what we mean by better. There are those ecologists who put great importance on biodiversity. Thus it is understandable they may assume mature forests are better and thus more bio diverse because of...
How could refuse landfills be used to produce gas for energy?
By: Aaron Nelson
Each day, the average person generates 4.6 pounds of trash per day in the United States. That's approximately 230 million tons of waste products being sent to be buried in landfills or incinerated. Less than one-quarter is recycled. In addition to taking up space...
The insulation properties of snow
By: Rex Trulove
People are often surprised at just how well snow insulates against the cold. Part of the reason for the amazement is that snow is a form of frozen water. It is mostly the fact that it is water and how it lays that lends itself...
By: Cameron Scott
Snow is one of the most amazing insulation materials in nature. It limits heat exchange. It stabilizes temperature. It even muffles sound! The average insulating R-value of snow is about R-1. That's in the same ballpark as wood chips (R-1) and straw bales (R-1.5)...
Causes and impact of major extinction events
By: Mac Pike
Extinction, a fact of life Extinction of species, genera and sometimes families has been a part of the history of life on earth since life first appeared approximately 3.8 billion years ago. Whenever a species reaches a point on its timeline when the average...
The insulation properties of snow
By: Marisa White
Can snow be warm? Not technically, but it does keep in heat. Snow has insulation properties, which mean that you really can be warm when covered with snow. So long as its not toughing your bare skin that is. Take igloos. Made from thick blocks...

 

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