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How did the Rhine originally look like? (before human intervention)

For personal reasons I decided to examine the shape and formation of the Rhine. Unfortunately though, the Rhine has long been diverted from its original course by human intervention, so I tried to ...
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Confused about whether physical impact is 'erosion'

When I dropped a stone or a crystal onto the floor, can it be considered as erosion? What is the difference between rocks breaking due to natural disturbances vs human action? Here is the stone/...
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What regions of the US will have *improved* climate given current predictions of climate change?

This is really a two part question: 1) Is there a good model for mapping climate conditions in a particular location to pleasantness or livability or something like that? 2) If there is such a model,...
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With humans out of the equation, what could cause forest fire?

Absent human activity, what does cause forest fires? I mean aside from lightning strikes, which are usually accompanied by water in the form of rain, and very rare events like volcanic eruptions or ...
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How much mass has humanity added to the planet?

If anyone could work out how much mass (not weight :) ) have humanity added to the Earth, seeing that the LHC (atlas, I believe, weighs 7000 tonnes), and the Three Gorges dam in China slowed the Earth'...
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Does human body temperature impact climate change?

The human body temperature is about 37 °C (99 °F), so as the population increases does this cause the Earth's temperature to rise?
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How much does the Amur river pollute the Sea of Japan?

The south side of Amur river watershed was very polluted in the past 70 years. I wonder how polluted the Sea of Japan is due to this factor alone. If I'm not mistaken the ocean current in the Sea of ...
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Why is it good scientific practice to 'build' a 'control Earth' from models, and where else do we 'build' controls?

Usually, when data is collected in an experiment, scientists have a control. Experiments are seen as flawed without controls. I am just curious as to where else scientists have 'built' controls using ...
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What are those arrowlike underwater structures for?

Looks like it has something to do with fishing: Google maps link
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Do humans cause a DST-related shift in average daily temperatures?

Inspired by the title to this question, is there a shift in average daily temperatures caused by the DST change in human activities? I can picture any number of mechanisms by which a shift could ...
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Rate of climate change with and without humans?

I was watching this interview of Bill Nye on Fox News. Bill claimed that the earth's climate is never in equilibrium, but human activity has caused the gradient to be much higher than it would've been ...
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Where can I find a data set containing wetland loss by decade

I am trying to find a reputable source that lists how many acres of wetland are destroyed each year on average in each decade, specifically in the Continental US. I found some secondary sources, but ...
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Can human activity affect volcanoes?

As part of a course on Natural Disasters, I have a group presentation in which we focus on a specific natural disaster. One of the questions we have to address is how human activity may have affected ...
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About an alternative type of wind energy facility

Many people seem to complain about large wind farms. Instead of all that, there are many cities with all their tall buildings that actually 'magnify' the wind or augment it. Even corridors through a ...
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Earthquakes in Oklahoma influenced by Humans?

I'm currently living in Oklahoma, and there has been an abnormal amount of earthquakes lately, by abnormal I mean more then 5 in a day(not sure if that's normal or not).. I've also been told that in ...
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Is it possible to prevent high magnitude earthquakes by induced earthquakes?

As we know, earthquakes can be induced by human activities. Can we induce earthquakes around faults regularly so that the energy releases regularly, and hence prevent high magnitude earthquakes by ...
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Day and night effects on Natural Enviroment [closed]

What are the effects of "day" and "night" on natural environment,including life of humans,animals,plants and other creatures (as well as effects on biochemical reactions in the nature)? Can anyone ...
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What are the impacts of pollutants from North America and elsewhere on Arctic wildlife?

What are the impacts of pollutants from North America and elsewhere on Arctic wildlife?
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Did the Neolithic Revolution have an effect on the earth's climate?

I imagine that human agriculture had a major effect on the composition of flora across the planet's surface. Did the transition from gathering to growing have a measurable effect on climate? If so, ...
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Groundwater unloading and corresponding changes in fault zone stick-slip behavior

I was intrigued by this Slate piece, more or less a summary of Amos et al. (2014)'s Nature article, which essentially states that groundwater depletion and subsequent crustal unloading causes a ...
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How much land does it take to support New York City?

New York City has about 8.5 million people living in an area of 300 square miles which gives a population density of 28,300 people per square mile. The food required to support such a high population ...
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Nuclear testing and the Anthropocene, a chemostratigraphic link?

The Anthropocene is described by Wikipedia as an informal geologic chronological term for the proposed epoch that began when human activities had a significant global impact on the Earth's ...
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About the effectiveness of sand-bags

Are there any recognized studies on the effectiveness of sand-bags in protecting property in some disaster or flood? Many times on the major news they talk about how sand-bags are used in a flood , ...
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'Peak water' in the Ogallala Aquifer, USA?

According to the United States Geological Survey Report (USGS) Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900–2008), the Ogallala Aquifer (or High Plains Aquifer) is a vital source of groundwater ...
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Why did people draw so many continuous squares in the sand on the beach at Cape Juby?

At Cape Juby, Morocco, we can see with Google Maps a rectangle of 3 km long, in which there is hundreds of little squares. What method was used to draw these squares on the sand? More importantly, why ...
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What atmospheric radiative effects, if any, do contrails cause?

First of all, this question is not about the conspiracy theory based chemtrails as in the linked question, from the answers there and from the question Equation for predicting contrail formation I ...
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Academic but accessible defense of the scientific understanding of anthropogenic climate change?

I'm an intelligent and well-educated guy, but all of my schooling has been in economics, statistics, and public policy. I'm interested in reading a thorough explanation/defense of the scientific ...
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Could the extraction of energy by wind turbines be harmful to the environment?

Wind turbines work by converting some of the energy from wind to electrical energy. Is it possible to have too many turbines, leading to them removing too much energy from the wind? I'm not an ...
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About moving ice bergs northwards to slow down all the melting a tiny bit. ( Clearing away navigation hazards is a side effect of this.)

I read somewhere someone someone had the idea to try to move a 'small' iceberg with giant tugboats used to move oil-rigs. I thought if an Iceberg could be moved, why not move it $NORTHWARD$ maybe ...
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Regarding forest fire season and using robotic devices for proactive efforts before any fires

For many years there are terrible forest fires in the U.S. (for example); I was wondering about pro-active measures ( I'm sure there are many). One possibility is using a small army of robots that are ...
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Break in human nitrogen input in 1990s

I'm in an AP Environmental Science course, and while reading part of the chapter in my textbook about the nitrogen cycle, I saw this picture. nitrogen human input http://oi60.tinypic.com/2w4fw61.jpg ...
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Could earth's core lose its heat?

Will all of the drilling and digging to use the earth's natural heat as geothermal energy be affecting Earth's core, causing it to cool down? If so, would it result in an ice age? If not, how does it ...
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Can mining trigger earthquakes?

Are earthquakes more common in mining regions than they would otherwise be? e.g. is the frequency of earthquakes in those regions different when mining is occurring than when it is not? I am ...
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How much of the current global warming is due to human influence?

Approximately what proportion of the global warming seen over the the last century is attributed to anthropogenic sources?