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2012-11-08 00:53:19

Rapid advances in the new and developing field of restoration sedimentology will be needed to protect the world's river deltas from an array of threats, Indiana University Bloomington geologist Douglas A. Edmonds writes in the journal Nature Geoscience. The commentary, published this week in the November issue, addresses the fact that land is disappearing from river deltas at alarming rates. And deltas are extraordinarily important: They are ecologically rich and productive, and they are...

2012-05-11 12:02:25

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast. Research by a trio of geoscientists, including the University of Pennsylvania´s Douglas Jerolmack, now offers an...

Image 1 - Crust Below Mississippi Delta Still Subsiding, Just Much Slower
2012-04-04 04:21:55

New data suggests that the Mississippi Delta is still sinking, but at a much slower rate than previously estimated. A new paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters reports these new findings. Geoscientists arrived at this new conclusion after comparing detailed sea-level reconstructions from different areas of coastal Louisiana. The new findings not only reveal new information about the subsidence of the Mississippi Delta, but also admonishes the continuous...

2011-02-14 17:25:00

Groups praise proposed $27 million commitment to revive vital coastal resources and benefit nation's economy WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five conservation groups praised President Obama today for maintaining his commitment to Gulf Coast restoration by recommending the first-ever funding to construct wetlands projects to reverse wetlands losses in the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) of the Mississippi River Delta. "The BP oil disaster shined a spotlight on the...

2011-01-27 13:22:00

House Democratic Amendment Similar to Recently Introduced Bill by GOP Congressman Scalise WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven nonprofit advocacy groups praised an amendment in an updated oil spill response bill introduced last night by U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Ma.) and other House Democrats that would implement a key recommendation by the bipartisan oil spill commission. The recommendation is for Congress to dedicate 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties to be...

2010-10-05 16:10:00

Groups say task force, BP fine money necessary to expedite La. wetlands restoration projects WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama's signing today of an executive order to create a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force is a key first step to fulfilling his promise to restore the Gulf and to make it even better than it was before the BP oil disaster, according to five local and national environmental groups. (Logo:...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'