Braided Rivers

Photo: Ron Mader, Aotearoa New Zealand (Some rights reserved) Braided Rivers = Network of river channels separated by small, and often temporary, islands called braid bars or, in British usage, aits or eyots Elsewhere on the WebRewilding Project – Stuff – The Rewilding Project: Aotearoa New Zealand’s internationally significant braided rivers have been systematically strangled, …

Drought

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Drought = A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall HeadlinesSouthwest megadrought: Last 2 decades were driest in 1,200 yearsStudy finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years – NPR‘We live in a desert. We have to act like it’: Las Vegas faces reality of drought – Oliver Milman/Guardian @olliemilmanThe …

Pacific Ocean

Photo: GSFC (Some rights reserved) Wikipedia: The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth’s oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, to Antarctica) in the south and is bounded by Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the …

Wetlands Park in Las Vegas

Photo: Ron Mader, Clark County Wetlands Park (Some rights reserved) Here is a place I dearly love to take friends – a quiet park on the eastern outskirts of town, heading toward the Colorado River and Lake Mead: Clark County Wetlands Park Wetlands, in the Mojave Desert. Critical flyway. Keep Las Vegas Weir’d! For fans …

Austin’s Blue Index

Logo Austin, Texas – Blue Index – facebook.com/blueindexaustin – is participatory research project designed to gather feedback on 30+ waterscapes through capturing people’s emotional response to water and photography. Blue Index markers are next to the most treasured water sources around town — from Lady Bird Lake to Big Stacey and Pease Park. Find a …

Las Vegas’ Springs Preserve

Photo: Ron Mader, Springs Preserve Plaque (some rights reserved) Commonly known as the “birthplace of Las Vegas,” the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate the city’s dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the site served as …

Mississippi River

Photo: Thomas Hawk, Nightfalls (Some rights reserved) Wikipedia: The Mississippi River is the chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. The stream is entirely within the United States (although its drainage basin reaches into Canada), its source is in northern Minnesota and it …

Aral Sea

Photo: NASA GSFC, Diminishing Sea (Some rights reserved) The Aral Sea was an endorheic lake lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/XtdoohyiBLKXT4kq7 NASA Earth Observatory: The Aral Sea is considered a freshwater lake, but is becoming increasingly saltier as water from the lake is diverted to irrigate crops. The Moderate Imaging spectroradiometers (MODIS) on NASA’s …

Coasts

Photo: NASA Marshall, Belize (Some rights reserved) Coast = the part of the land near the sea ElsewhereThe coastline paradoxhakaimagazine.com – @hakaimagazine Coastal DarkeningThe Environmental Threat You’ve Never Heard Of Photos WikipediaCoastList of U.S. states and territories by coastline Spotlight Planeta.com

Monsoon

Photo: Ron Mader, Henderson Skies (Some rights reserved) July is the start of monsoon season in the Southwest USA – Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah. The season runs through September as the Mohave Desert gets the occasional giant splattering of rain. Microbursts are common. Questions For those experienced in such matters, what are the …