By: Kimberly Napier
Estuaries are bio-diverse ecosystems. They provide nutrients to native plants and animals, as well as a habitat for many of these. They also are filters for some pollution that may travel down rivers. There are several different types of estuaries, with excellent examples to check...
Why society does not act alarmed about the climate crisis
By: Christyl Rivers
Everyone by now has an opinion on climate change. The record heat of 2012 and its accompanying tornadoes, fires, droughts, floods, severe storms woke many Americans up. The year culminated with Hurricane Super Storm Sandy slamming the east coast. At last, even politicians like Mayor...
How human activity affects erosion
By: John Mmbaga
Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are removed from the surface of the Earth as a result of water and wind action and thereafter deposited to other areas on the Earth’s surface. While erosion is a naturally occurring process, human activity...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
An estuary is a coastal ecosystem, typically consisting of a body of brackish water that is supplied by inflows of fresh water from rivers and streams that mix with the ocean's salty water. Estuaries provide a natural habitat between ocean waters and fresh waters. The...
By: Diana Busby
Seeing the formation of a thundercloud on a drive across the Texas panhandle is an exciting sight for storm chasers, but residents in the area know that thunderclouds often bring severe weather and destruction. Scientists study the role of air temperature in the formation of...
Is a coral reef plant or animal?
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Coral reefs are marine structures made up of tiny animals called polyps. These marine structures are made of limestone which is deposited by coral polyps on layer upon layer, eventually forming reefs. Upon completing their life cycle, coral polyps leave out their limestone shell skeletons...
Why estuaries might be endangered
By: Patricia Jankowski
Estuaries are found in coastal environments around the world. They are partially enclosed bodies of water that are open to the sea, often forming at the tidal mouth of a river. Usually, they contain what is known as “brackish” water, a combination of salt...
By: Virginia Gaces
Estuaries are bodies of water where the ocean’s salinity mixes with the rivers’ freshwater. These bodies of water provide an excellent environment for various types of water creatures, plants and other organisms to thrive in. The estuaries could differ in their stratification depending on...
What is coral bleaching?
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Coral bleaching refers to a condition that affects corals due to changing conditions in its environment. Coral bleaching is usually caused by climatic stressors stemming from anthropogenic or natural factors in the reef ecosystem, such as changing water temperatures, variations in sunlight, changes in ocean...
By: Retha Boswell
Glacial erosion is when soil or rocks are worn down or moved by a glacier, creating many impressive and unique landscape features. Glaciers are bodies of ice that originate in mountains and tend to move slowly downhill. This downhill movement is a significant way in...

 

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