Planet Big Xero

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It's no surprise that burning gasoline and coal creates reaction products that are harmful to humans and the environment. Let's explore why they're bad for your health, and how they are spread across Europe!

  • NO2: Whether nitrogen dioxide is rained down as nit...

How are global weather patterns and ocean circulation patterns formed?

What causes hurricanes, ocean currents and other "big weather" events? These are big picture questions that require you to zoom out and look at the Earth as a planet. The equator receives an above-average amount of incoming sol...

How do soils develop? Why are they disappearing? What does this mean for agriculture?

Soils do not just appear out of thin air. They were once large bodies of rock, formed under heat and pressure in the lithosphere. As uplift brought them towards the surface, the stable environment they once knew...

What are deltas and estuaries? How does their use affect their future?

During the last glacial maximum, a larger fraction of the planet’s water was tied up in surface ice. Correspondingly, the fraction of water in the oceans was less, meaning that the sea level was much lower during that time. Riv...

Winter in the depths of space, under oily rains on icy lakeshores: a glimpse into the coldest season on an alien landscape. ...published via Hawkmoth Magazine

370 days in: Here is an update on my beloved mesembs! The Minnesota winter was not kind to them. Even my intense sun lamp, which probably made the local authorities think I was growing other plants, was not enough to spare the more delicate individuals.

That isn't to say there wasn't success, th...

It has occurred to me that I should have run this soil-suitability test before letting my seed-sowing-mania take full control. Despite the [spoilers] poor soil-pH exploration results I have 47 sprouts showing their heads above soil. There are still two whole bowls of seeds with a big fat 0 on their...