Archive for the ‘Deserts’ Category

Nature at it’s finest

So this article, at least to me, show’s nature at it’s fines despite what some human’s continue to do to this planet. The article is entitled “The Amargosa River Defies the Desert” by Jim Robbins over at the New York Times. This river in the middle of a desert and all the animals that live within it’s ecosystem, simply amazing.



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Vikings and the environment

I must say that I never thought I would be talking about the Vikings and the environment. It seems more that one thousand years ago, the Vikings razed most of the forests in Iceland when they first settled there.

This according to the article “Vikings Razed the Forest. Can Iceland Regrow Them?” by Henry Fountain at the New York Times. It definitely gives you insight into what’s happening in many parts of the world.



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Westward migration

I’ve read about some amazing journey’s, at least in terms of the distance, such as sea turtles and monarch butterflies but this one is surprising in the fact that there are several groups all working together to help out Mule Deer’s in Wyoming.

The article is entitled “An Incredible Journey” by James Gorman over at at the New York Times. It’s the story of Mule Deer and their 150 mile journey from the Red Desert to near Jackson, Wyoming, crossing over both public and private land. With a little luck, maybe they’ll set a precedent for others as to how to work together.



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Connecting the dots to the desert

So I started to connect the dots to this story by reading “Climate Clues in the Sahara’s Past” by Gautam Naik over at the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately, that article’s not available unless you have a subscription but if you do, enjoy!

Anyway, being the dedicated librarian that I am, I went searching and I found another great article, this one is entitled “Science in the Sahara: Man of the Desert” by Quirin Schiermeire over at Nature and it is online.

Now while the article is a couple of years old, Stefan Kröpelin is apparently a man of his word. He say’s that I’d like to return for as long as I can and apparently, he is still going strong.

Cool ( or Hot)!


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(Re) birth of the river Zin

Okay, so I’ve never actually been there for the birth or (re) birth of a river, I thought this video by Josh Marks over at Inhabitat is very cool. The article and video are entitle “Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert“.



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Let it snow, let it snow

So today we got another inch of snow and then I came across this article, “New Study Shows How Helping Desert Soil Could Save Our Snow” by Sarah Jane Keller over at the High Country News. Needless to say it peaked my interest.

In part because I seem to recall reading a book several years ago on the origins of hurricanes (though for the life of me, I don’t recall the title) and how they frequently begin their journey’s along the coast of Africa.

I was also reminded of another book called Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland. Anyway, when I read this article, I found it timely what with those books and the weather this past week in the Midwest.



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If you can’t stand the heat…

Okay, it’s official, summer is here.

Here in Missouri, all 114 counties in Missouri have been declared declared disaster areas according to this article, “All of Missouri Gets Disaster Declaration for Drought” by Georgina Gustin at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

If that’s not bad enough, check out “A Year After Floods, Shippers Face Low Mississippi River” by the Associated Press via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Meanwhile, on the otherside of the world we also have evidence such as in “Iraq’s ‘Green Belt’ Fights Desertification” from Chris at Newslook via Ecology.



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For today, I thought I would just post a  few maps/pictures that I’ve come across (mostly at Treehugger) on a variety of topics the last few months.

First there is this map over at National Geographic entitled “Photo: Pollution Prevalent in U.S. West’s National Parks“.

Next, this map called “A Picture is Worth…Ocean Deserts Expanding” by Tim McGee at Treehugger is a little scary to say the least.

Then there’s this map entitled “A Picture is worth…Access to Drinkable Water Around the World (And Much More)” by Jeremy Elton Jacquot again at Treehugger.

Finally, here’s an interesting map entitled “Migratory Bird Flyways and Off-Shore Wind Farms: A Co-Evolutionary Overlap” by John Laumer and yes, it’s also at Treehugger.


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