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3Qs: An engineer's breakdown of a landslide

On March 22, a hillside collapsed near Oso, Wash., causing a 1,500-foot wide mudslide in what has been dubbed a "high-risk area" and which claimed at least two dozen lives. A mudslide, a subset of the larger ...

dateMar 31, 2014 in Environment
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Seeing the bedrock through the trees

University of California, Berkeley, geologist William Dietrich pioneered the application of airborne LIDAR – light detection and ranging – to map mountainous terrain, stripping away the vegetation to ...

dateApr 30, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Straw albedo mitigates extreme heat

Wheat fields are often tilled immediately after the crop is harvested, removing the light-coloured stubble and crop residues from the soil surface and bringing dark bare earth to the top. Post-harvest tilling ...

dateJun 23, 2014 in Environment
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