Fewer Footprints

When we were out on the Pacific Coast in California a couple of weeks ago, two things in particular caught my attention: One was the lack of shorebirds, the skittering types that chase waves and scurry in tight huddles. Maybe it was just the wrong season. There were signs posted indicating that snowy plovers were…

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Cloud Spelunking

Back when global exploration meant finding a place, discovery was fairly straightforward. A given group of people could send some intrepid souls in a direction where none of them had ever been before, be it a valley, a sea, an island or a continent, and then that new place was ‘discovered’. There were gaps between…

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Inside and Out

Ocean acidification has been studied in relation to marine animals with calcium carbonate shells. Oysters, sea butterflies, shrimp – all are affected by acidification when their outer shells don’t develop properly. According to this article, ocean acidification has increased by 25-30% since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. A new study¬†published in Nature Climate Change…

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Glass Fragile

Sea glass, broken bits of all the glass that’s been lost at sea, is worn by waves and tossed up on shore. It seems to accumulate more at some than at others. This California beach protected in its current, colorful state, even if – technically – it could be considered a by-product of all the…

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Coastal Hazard Wheel

This crossed my virtual desk yesterday. I do so like wheel graphics, and this seems like good tool for basic assessment of potential hazards to coastlines, as well. Using a number of different elements such as geological layout (coastal plain, sloping hard rock, coral island, etc.), tidal range, sediment balance and so on, the user…

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