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Soil Compaction Data Collection

An introduction to my most recent project: Dan Schwartz, the soil scientist in the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, performed a study in the fall of 2020 to study the compaction of soils in lawns in Arlington County. Soil compaction is common in residential areas, and some consequences of soil compaction can be …

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An Eco-Friendly Christmas?

Merry Christmas from LetsTalkEarth! Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays, and it is often known for its trees, lights, decorations, and of course, gifts. The two main colors associated with Christmas are green and red, but the green in Christmas does not mean the sustainable “green”. Holidays like Christmas cause humans to …

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Youth Environmental Education

Charles Sayan, the co-founder and executive director of the California-based Ocean Conservation Society, states that environmental education is just as important as understanding and following the law. It is a nonpartisan value that “deserves a central place in public education”. Public schools in the U.S. focus on academic related subjects, such as math, science, history, …

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“The Vine That Ate the South”: A Look Into Invasive Species

In 1876, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, many plants with origins in Japan were displayed, including the Kudzu vine, also known as Pueraria montana. Since then, many farmers discovered the vine’s potential as an erosion prevention method due to their fast-growing roots. In fact, throughout the 1900s, hundreds of men were hired to plant …

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What Monitoring Sewage Tells Us About the Coronavirus

Susan Gardner, the Ecosystem Division Director of UNEP, said that “wastewater is a precious resource that the world needs to know how to tap. Not only could it be used to feed crops, but the water in our sewers can act like an early warning system that could alert us when diseases begin to move …

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The Importance of Stream Monitoring

Over the summer, I took part in a stream monitoring activity with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District as an additional activity to my Independent Research Project. Specifically, I went to the Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Fairfax, VA to monitor the Big Rocky Run stream. This park is located in the Chesapeake …

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Learning the Truth – The Big Bang Theory

What is the universe? What is the Big Bang Theory? How did scientists discover this theory? Scientists are constantly asking themselves these questions to enhance their knowledge of the formation of the universe. They make observations, collaborate with other scientists, and analyze data to confirm their hypotheses. Over years of exploration, scientists today are still …

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The Efficacy of Different Erosion Prevention Methods

Erosion prevention methods are unique to each site based on the site’s topography, climate, vegetation, and soil type. Because of the harmful environmental impacts that erosion can have, including the destruction of natural habitats, the removal of vegetation, the transport of eroded soil into bodies of water, it is crucial to understand which erosion prevention method would work best in a certain location based on its geographical characteristics.

Busting the Myth: What is a Sustainable Lifestyle? (With Catie St. Jacques from Pela)

What does being sustainable mean? We usually associate a sustainable lifestyle with aesthetics, DIY products, and more, but while these are great for a sustainable lifestyle, they neither determine nor define what a sustainable lifestyle is. Part of preserving the environment includes charging our mindsets and perspectives to understand what sustainability really entails. As an …

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COVID-19, an Ecosystems Crisis – National Town Hall Part 2

Part 2: It is well understood that COVID-19 is a health crisis. COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, meaning that the virus is transmitted from animals to humans. Other examples of recent zoonotic disease outbreaks include the Zika virus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Ebola, West Nile Virus, Avian Influenza (bird flu), and numerous others. In …

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