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2009-08-13 14:47:30

Prediction models can identify eroded waterways from digital terrain information, and thereby identify placement of grassed waterways to reduce soil erosion.Grassed waterways are placed in agricultural fields where runoff water tends to concentrate because they can substantially reduce soil erosion. Mapping techniques that help identify where erosion channels will likely form could help farmers and conservation professionals do a better job of designing and locating grassed waterways in...

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2008-02-20 15:10:00

A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it isn't necessarily the fastest or easiest path to follow.That's particularly true when terrain is not level, and now American and British researchers have developed a mathematical model showing that a zigzag course provides the most efficient way for humans to go up or down steep slopes."I think zigzagging is something people do intuitively," said Marcos Llobera, a University of Washington assistant professor of...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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