How hurricanes can help mangrove forests | Scotland works to restore peatlands | N.J. geography professor discusses his work on snowfall
February 20, 2020
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How hurricanes can help mangrove forests
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Coastal elevations in sections of the Everglades are up by over 2 inches due to major hurricanes washing up sediment and mangrove tree-boosting nutrients, according to a study by Florida International University. Hurricanes in 2005 and 2017 deposited sediment and mud, "and we found out this provides natural fertilization that helps the mangroves," said study lead author Edward Castaneda-Moya.
Full Story: United Press International (2/18),  Popular Science (2/19) 
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Scotland is investing in restoring its peatlands, which can store large amounts of carbon and are viewed as a critical environmental resource in the battle against climate change. Restoration is a challenging task, with biogeochemist Roxane Andersen noting, "It's so easy to break an ecosystem, and it's so hard to bring it back."
Full Story: Nature (free content) (2/12) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
Some conservationists are advocating for a ban on the global wildlife trade, which might be linked to the coronavirus outbreak in China. The government has already enacted a temporary ban, but that could be lifted after the epidemic passes.
Full Story: The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/20) 
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"Glacial earthquakes" are occurring at Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier as a result of ice chunks breaking off, capsizing and colliding with the glacier's edge, say scientists who discovered the activity by combing through seismic data collected in November 2018. The newly discovered data show the glacier is becoming weaker and offer insights into the changes at the floating ice shelf, according to findings published in Geophysical Research Letters.
Full Story: Eos (2/17) 
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Technology and Applications
Google Maps displays certain geographic features and political borders differently for people in different countries, observers say. This article examines the country's approach to displaying disputed regions such as Kashmir.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/14) 
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The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources has introduced an interactive GIS-based map of over 1,000 historic markers and monuments. The map includes photographs, locations and descriptions of historical significance.
Full Story: County 17 (Gillette, Wyo.) (2/18) 
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2020 AAG Election results
The AAG members have spoken and the candidates running for various AAG governance positions have been selected. Election results for the 2020 AAG Election have been posted. Congratulations to all who will be assuming their new roles on July 1. The AAG thanks those whose terms will be concluding later this year and appreciates all the candidates who ran in the election. See the results.
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Past Presidential Address at #aagDENVER
In her address,"Science, Geography, and Human Rights," AAG Past President Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach will speak on the roles played by AAG and Geography in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, and address the broader impacts that geographers can and do contribute to promoting Science and Human Rights. Join us for the 2020 Past President's Address on Wednesday, April 8, from 12:30-1:40 p.m. Learn more.
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