There are a few different landscaping techniques to prevent beach or shoreline erosion. The first method is with vegetation. Planting woody or aquatic type plants along the shoreline helps to decrease erosion by absorbing some water runoff and stabilizing the banks. The root systems of plants such as water willows give strength and anchor to eroding land.
Another method is through construction of a solid structure. Building a wall or a rock riprap are the most common methods of construction for erosion. Ripraps are the Read the rest of this entry »
What Not To Bring To The Beach
Energy Conservation And Awareness At The Beach
One of the most important elements to keep in mind about energy conservation is learning how to keep our oceans safe and protected from pollution. By this, I mean thinking proactively about what you bring to the beach. Therefore, there are a number of elements that you should not bring to the beach.
Protecting Our Oceans For Future Generations
First, you should never bring cans and bottles to the beach if you are not planning on recycling them. Read the rest of this entry »
Red tide is a an event that happens in fresh or marine water where a large number of aquatic microorganisms concentrate. The accumulation of these microorganisms causes the water to take on a reddish or pinkish hue.
Red tides are caused by certain types of phytoplankton called dinoflagellates. Some of these tides are often considered harmful, as the dinoflagellates can release toxins into the water. These toxins paralyze the central nervous system, which causes the fish and other marine life to be unable Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who enjoys seafood has heard the warning against consuming too much fish and shellfish due to concerns regarding mercury contamination. However, many find themselves wondering how the world’s seafood supply became contaminated with mercury in the first place.
While mercury is naturally present in the soil and water in small amounts that living things can generally filter out of their bodies with no issue, it is the mercury that comes from industrial activities and components, such as using oil and gas, burning fossil fuels, mining, and incinerating waste, that Read the rest of this entry »