Earth Notes

Earth Notes
12:06 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Earth Notes: Tracking Climate Change In Northern Arizona

Grand Canyon
Credit Northern Arizona University

In late September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Summary for Policymakers for part-one of its  massive Fifth Assessment Report. Its message? Earth's climate is warming, and human influence on that warming is clear.

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Earth Notes
12:51 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Earth Notes: Salvaging Food

Apple harvest
Credit USDA Agricultural Research Service

In September, 2013, when hail damaged 5,000 pounds of tomatoes at Linley Dixon's southwest Colorado farm, she acted quickly. Facing the loss of $10,000 worth of produce, she rallied, via e-mail, a troupe of volunteers to pick every hail-spanked fruit off the fine.

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Earth Notes
9:03 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Earth Notes: Chaco Canyon's New Residents

Chaco Canyon elk
Credit Lauren Kiser

A trip to Chaco Canyon in northwest New Mexico is a pilgrimage to see one of the greatest archaeological areas in the Southwest. While most visitors explore famed sites like Pueblo Bonito, lately they've been treated to an exciting - and unexpected - wildlife sighting.

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Earth Notes
7:35 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Earth Notes: Grand Canyon's Tiny Snail

The tiny Kanab Ambersnail
Credit Arizona Game and Fish Department

Biologists have been putting in a big effort to protect a rare, tiny snail that lives beside the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.

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Earth Notes
8:45 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Earth Notes: Potash and the Petrified Forest

Potash map of Arizona
Credit Arizona Geological Survey

The Colorado Plateau is endowed with a world-class collection of geological eye candy, like the Technicolor badlands of Arizona's Petrified Forest. But conflicts arise when some of that geology is useful for more than a grand view.

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Earth Notes
9:20 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Earth Notes: The Accidental Anthropologist

Gladys Reichard
Credit Museum of Northern Arizona

She said she started her study of Navajo society "by accident." But, that "accident" turned into a lifetime career for anthropologist Gladys Reichard.

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Earth Notes
4:17 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Earth Notes: A High-Elevation Farming Tradition

Flagstaff farming
Credit NAU Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives

There's not a lot left of Flagstaff's old farming tradition. It's a surprise to many living here today. But, this community - at an elevation of 7,000 feet - with it's short growing season, unpredictable moisture and harsh winds, was a farming hub for some 80 years.

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Earth Notes
8:51 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Earth Notes: Durango's Family Farm

James Ranch
Credit Earth Notes

In a fertile Colorado valley 10 miles north of Durango lies the epitome of a family farm. 

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Earth Notes
9:02 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Earth Notes: Living Fossils On The Colorado Plateau

Scorpion under black light
Credit National Park Service

The southwestern United States are ground zero for scorpions. Of the 90 species that are native to the United states, most inhabit the desert southwest. At least 16 live on the Colorado Plateau Alone.

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Earth Notes
10:19 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Earth Notes: The Ponderosa Crop

Ponderosa Crop
Credit Oregon State University Extension

The life of  ponderosa pine seed is a high-stakes lottery. Only a few get to spread their branches in the sun.

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