Posted by: Michael Ritter PhD | July 10, 2006

News Roundup

Iraq Marshes Mending, But Full Recovery Uncertain, Study Says

“The Mesopotamian marshes of Iraq once covered more than 5,800 square miles (15,000 square kilometers)—an area larger than the U.S.’s Florida Everglades.

The wetlands were so lush and full of life that some experts have speculated they inspired the biblical story of the Garden of Eden.”

Read article at National Geographic
TPE Link – Habitat Degradation and Human Activity

Vast chunk of rock threatens to fall from Eiger as global warming opens up crack

“A vast chunk of Europe’s most ill-famed mountain threatens to break loose and crash down in the next few days, a geologist monitoring the situation told the Guardian yesterday.”

Read article at the Guardian Unlimited
TPE Link – Mass Movement

Alpine Glaciers Could All But Disappear Within This Century

The European Alps could lose some 80 percent of their glacier cover by the end of this century, if summer air temperatures rise by three degrees Celsius [five degrees Fahrenheit]. And if temperatures increase by five degrees Celsius [nine degrees Fahrenheit], the Alps would become almost completely ice-free by 2100.”

Read article at ScienceDaily

TPE Link – Glacial Systems; Climate Change: Global Warming

Ancient Raindrops Reveal The Origins Of California’s Sierra Nevada Range

“One of the longest ongoing controversies in Earth science concerns the age of California’s Sierra Nevada, the tallest mountain range in the continental United States and site of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe and other scenic wonders.”

Read article at ScienceDaily

TPE Link – Weathering


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