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2008-09-16 21:00:16

By Russell Lissau rlissau@@dailyherald.com A manmade lake at one of Lake County's most popular forest preserves has developed a natural problem: erosion. Rising water levels and other factors have caused the 115-acre lake at Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville to damage some of its shoreline. On the lake's western edge, water has overtaken what had been shoreline and carved out small sections of land. Elsewhere, a two- foot drop has replaced what once was a gradual...

2008-09-15 21:00:14

By Rick Steelhammer Students from Glenville State University's Land Resources Department began work Friday on what will be a multi-year program to reforest and help control erosion on 82 acres of land disturbed by runway and taxiway construction at Charleston's Yeager Airport. After a ceremonial planting of spruce trees on a grassy slope where the airport's property abuts Coonskin Park's Elk River Trail, the Glenville State students toured construction-affected areas and erosion-control...

2008-09-11 21:00:20

By Jeanine Kendle WOOSTER -- Three faculty members and two students from The College of Wooster will join more than 10,000 other scientists at the first joint meeting of the Geological Society of America, the Soil Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Mark Wilson, the Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Natural Sciences and Geology; Greg Wiles, associate professor...

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2008-09-10 12:25:00

Scientists said on Wednesday that Australia's vast coastline is increasingly being battered by destructive "extreme waves" driven in part by climate change. Government experts said research into wave size changes over the past 45 years showed waves of 3 meters (9.8 feet) in height or more were increasing, hitting Australia's southern coasts as severe storms become more frequent and intense. "Extreme wave conditions are greatest south of the Australian continent, associated with the passage of...

2008-08-19 03:00:24

By Hart, Joseph One spring morning, the back room at the local Eagles club in the tiny southwestern Wisconsin town of Coon Valley was filled to capacity with farmers, outdoorsmen, scientists, conservationists, and politicians. Over coffee and donuts, this unusual alliance gathered to pay homage to a humble element that ties together all their varied interests: soil. Interrupted by occasional camera flashes, local and national dignitaries, including senators, congressmen, and the chief of...

2008-08-04 15:00:28

By Emily Christensen, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Aug. 4--CEDAR FALLS -- A vegetative island in the middle of the Hartman Reserve Nature Center parking lot is getting a makeover that will improve the look of the land and protect the forest surrounding it. County Conservation Board staff began building a rain garden in the area this spring, but their work was cut short by the wild weather events in May and June. Work has resumed, and Ed Gruenwald, director of the nature center,...

2008-07-27 00:00:24

As a regular visitor to Torquay, I return every year attracted by its natural beauty and surroundings. I read with some alarm in the Herald Express of the plans ahead for Rock Walk (HE, July 22). As a retired parks superintendent with 40 years experience, I find it quite worrying to read the suggestion from a company to remove all vegetation and undergrowth from the face of Rock Walk. I believe that much of the rock is limestone which absorbs water (rain) quite readily and without plant...

2008-07-16 18:00:21

By CHRISTINA ABEL After about three years of losing sand from the dunes behind their homes because of beach erosion, some homeowners in South Ponte Vedra Beach are regaining sand, very slowly and naturally. Resident Gary Close said he's among those who have gotten a pleasant surprise - more sand on the dune behind his house. "Sand has built up in front of the bulkheads and the beach has a slope so high [the] tide does not reach the [temporary sea] walls the way it used to," Close said....

2008-07-08 06:00:19

By Sonya Padgett By SONYA PADGETT REVIEW-JOURNAL Though the Stardust was demolished last year, it still does its part to support the Las Vegas community. Literally. Along a seven-plus mile stretch of the Las Vegas Wash, chunks of the former Strip icon line the banks, holding the soil in place and serving as a buffer against erosion. There's a bit of Westward Ho in there, as well, and some Caesars Palace parking garage. This rubble, along with rock, asphalt and concrete salvaged...

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2008-07-01 13:24:25

A class of powerful, invisible waves hidden beneath the surface of the ocean can shape the underwater edges of continents and contribute to ocean mixing and climate, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found. The scientists simulated ocean conditions in a laboratory aquarium and found that "internal waves" generate intense currents when traveling at the same angle as that of the continental slope. The continental slope is the region where the relatively shallow continental...


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Erosion
2013-04-01 12:48:39

Erosion is the process by which rock and soil are taken from the surface of the Earth by exogenetic processes like wind or the flow of water, and then transported and deposited in another location. While erosion is a natural process, human activities have increased by 10 to 40 times the rate at which erosion is happening globally. Excessive erosion results in problems such as desertification, decreases in agricultural productivity because of land degradation, sedimentation of waterways,...

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