Tag: Places

Natural History / Natural History - 8 months ago

What is a ghost forest?

A ghost forest on Capers Island, South Carolina. As sea level rises, more and more saltwater encroaches on the land. Along the world’s coasts and estuaries, invading seawater advances and overtakes the fresh water that deciduous trees rely upo...

Natural History / Natural History - 1 year ago

What are the Totten Beacons?

The rusty remnants of a Totten Beacon (foreground) located near American Shoal lighthouse. Photo credit: M. Lawrence. Main beacon pile centered among three significantly shorter support posts. Photo credit: M. Lawrence. In 1513, Span...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is a living shoreline?

Living shorelines use plants or other natural elements to stabilize estuarine coasts, bays, or tributaries.Infographic Text Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique using native vegetation alone or in combination with offshore si...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is a pocosin?

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina. Pocosins are generally found along the Atlantic coastal plain of the United States, from southern Virginia to northern Florida. These areas typically occur in broad, low-lying shallow bas...

Natural History / Natural History - 2 years ago

What is the Great Loop?

Boating along the Erie Canal, part of the Great Loop (image courtesy of Gladys L. Buzzell). The Great Loop is a continuous waterway that recreational mariners can travel that includes part of the Atlantic, Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Grea...

Natural History / Natural History - 3 years ago

What is a wetland?

VIDEO: What is a wetland? Here's what you need to know in less than a minute. Transcript There are many different kinds of wetlands and many ways to categorize them. NOAA classifies wetlands into five general types: marine (ocean), estuarine...

Natural History / Natural History - 4 years ago

What is an anchialine pool?

 Anchialine pools form some of the longest submerged caves structures on Earth. (Image courtesy of National Science Foundation) The word “anchialine” (AN-key-ah-lin) comes from a Greek word meaning “near the sea." These typically small pools,...

Natural History / Natural History - 6 years ago

Where is Point Nemo?

You can't get farther away from land than 'Point Nemo.' Want to get away from it all? You can't do better than a point in the Pacific Ocean popularly known as 'Point Nemo,' named after the famous submarine sailor from Jules Verne's Twenty Thou...

Natural History / Natural History - 6 years ago

How big is the Atlantic Ocean?

As the second largest ocean basin, the Atlantic Ocean borders the east coast of the U.S., while the Pacific, Earth's largest ocean basin, borders the U.S. West Coast. Covering approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s surface, the Atlantic Ocean...

Natural History / Natural History - 6 years ago

What is the Sargasso Sea?

Mats of free-floating sargassum, a common seaweed found in the Sargasso Sea, provide shelter and habitat to many animals. Image credit: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The Sargasso Sea is a vast patch of ocea...