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Date published: March 14, 2016

EarthWord – Storm Tide

Storm tides is the combination of storm surge, which is water that has been pushed by a storm, with the regularly occurring tides.

Date published: March 7, 2016

EarthWord – Reservoir

This one has a lot of variance within the scientific community, but at its core, a reservoir is a place where fluids collect and concentrate.

Date published: February 29, 2016

EarthWord – Quagga Mussel

Its spelling looks similar to Quahog, and it is even distantly related—the Quagga Mussel is a bivalve mollusk just like the Quahog.  That’s where the similarities end, though. Quahogs are clams, native to the Americas and often used in chowder, whereas Quaggas are mussels native to Ukraine that accumulate toxins and have an offensive smell.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: February 22, 2016

EarthWord – Prominence

Prominence is a term in topography that refers to the elevation of a summit relative to its surrounding terrain. This is different from its overall elevation, which measures the height of the summit above sea level.

Date published: February 15, 2016

EarthWord – Ore

The naturally occurring material from which a mineral or minerals of economic value can be extracted. Usually minerals, especially metals, are mined first in ore form, then refined later.

Date published: February 1, 2016

EarthWord – Nuée Ardente

A nuée ardente is a turbulent, fast moving cloud of hot gas and ash erupted from a volcano. 

Date published: January 7, 2016

Getting Down to Earth with Space Hazards

Magnetic storms can interfere with the operation of electric power grids and damage grid infrastructure. They can also disrupt directional drilling for oil and gas, radio communications, communication satellites and GPS systems.

Date published: December 18, 2015

EarthWord – Medical Geology

Medical Geology is an earth science specialty that concerns how geologic materials and earth processes affect human health. 

Date published: December 18, 2015

EarthWord – Leachate

No, it’s not a sports drink for leeches, although that’s what it sounds like. Leachate is the solution (or suspension) that forms when liquid travels through a solid and removes some components of that solid with it. Those components may be dissolved or suspended within the liquid.

Date published: November 9, 2015

EarthWord: Katabatic Winds

Sounding almost like acrobatic winds, katabatic winds do bear a resemblance to tumbling, since they are essentially winds that flow downhill. Also known as fall winds, katabatic winds are usually caused by gravity pulling higher density air downslope to lower density air.

Date published: November 2, 2015

EarthWord – Juvenile Water

Juvenile water is “new” water that is in, or derived from, materials deep within the Earth and has not previously appeared at the Earth’s surface or circulated in the atmosphere. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: October 26, 2015

EarthWord: Infectious Haematopoietic Necrosis (IHN)

Infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN) is an infectious viral disease of salmon and trout.