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Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is resilience?

Resilience is important everywhere because all communities face hazard threats such as droughts and flooding. Coastal areas have additional hazard risk from storms such as hurricanes and increased population pressures, making resilience partic...

Natural History / Natural History - 8 years ago

What is a dead zone?

Hypoxic zones are areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration that animal life suffocates and dies, and as a result are sometimes called "dead zones." One of the largest dead zones forms in the Gulf of Mexico every spring. Each spring as...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is "smart growth"?

Portland, Oregon, located at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, connects city growthand the health of its rivers. In addition to efforts to build compactly within existing neighborhoods, Portland has created green infrastructur...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

What is coastal zone management?

At the core of the Coastal Zone Management Act are two programs: the National Coastal Zone Management Program and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The NERRS is a network of 28 protected areas, including the San Francisco Ba...

Natural History / Natural History - 9 years ago

Why do Harmful Algal Blooms occur?

Satellite image of Lake Erie showing a mild harmful algal blom in the southwestern portion of the lake. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur when colonies of algae—simple plants that live in the sea and freshwater—grow out of control while produc...