Ivor van Heerden

Jul. 03, 2009

The Disappearing Mississippi Delta

Rising sea levels and not enough sediment replenishment may make much of the Mississippi Delta 'drown' by the year 2100, according to a new study.

river, climate, sea level, water, sediment, louisiana, katrina, levee

Sep. 05, 2008

Levees and Hurricanes

How did cities along the coast weather Hurricane Gustav -- and can New Orleans residents can rest any easier in the face of coming storms?

levees, hurricanes, new orleans, civil enginnering, katrina


Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Forensic Files


Mystery Box

Tar Noir: Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits

\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are  world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.

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