Soil in the News

The articles, stories, and web sites are in reverse chronological order.

Saharan Dust In Portugal

February 2013

February 1, 2013, Oil Company Begins Clearing Whitter Nature Preserve. L.A. County and environmentalists try to halt plans for oil drilling. Removal of vegetation but not digging have been approved.

January 2013

January 4, 2013, F.D.A Offers Sweeping Rules to Stop Food Contamination. New standards for irrigation water quality to be established and utilized by farmers, among other new rules.

January 3, 2013, Satisfying the Need for Dirty Fingernails. Young farmers learn soil science basics among other courses.

January 3, 2013, A Month's Worth of Links for New Year. An Antibiotic eating bug found in soil might contribute to antibiotic resistance.

January 2, 2013, Sharing a Sherry Treasured in Spain. The Palomino grape only grows in a specific Andalusian soil.

December 2012

December 31, 2012,Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Growers. A worm-created soil additive called vermicompost, offers benefits to soil.

December 31, 2012, As Pheasants Disappear, Hunters in Iowa Follow. Farmers concerned with economics and also soil erosion and quality.

December 26,2012, Getting the Dirt on Hurricane Sandy. Gardeners and others send soil in for testing because of concerns for the changes Hurrican Sandy brought to their local soils.

November 2012

November 5, 2012, Studying wine from the ground up. A vineyard's soil is the root of the terroir, or its characteristics.

November 5, 2012, NASA rover finds that soil on Mars is similar Hawaii's. The Curiosity rover analyzed soil on Mars and found that it resembles the weathered, volcanic soils of Hawaii.

November 2, 2012, Curiosity rover gulps Mars air, finds hint of vanished atmosphere. Mars soil is being tested in Curiosity's laboratory belly.

October 2012

October 19, 2012, 50,000 year old sediment from Japanese lake improves carbon dating. Samples of soil, leaves, and other organic material will allow scientists to gain clarity on carbon dating.

October 6, 2012, British Soil is Battlefield Over Peat, For Bogs' Sake. Controversey over use of bog heats up between gardeners and environmentalists.

September 2012

September 28, 2012, No Sign of Remains in Soil in New Detroit-Area Search for Hoffa; Union Boss Disappeared in '75. The soil in a suburban Detroit neighborhood was tested after a radar test revealed a shift in the soil.

June, 2012

June 11, 2012, Warming Will Unlock Carbon in Forests, Study Warns. As temperatures rise, microogranisms eat more topsoil and exhale increased amounts of carbon dioxide afterward.

May, 2012

May 25, 2012, Drought tests Texas famers' business savvy; one sells raw milk, another calves to survive, Famers dealing with drough-damaged soil turn to new business models.

May 24, 2012, Utility Says It Underestimated Radiation Released in Japan, Health effects from contaminated soil and food diificult to judge from Fukushima nuclear disaster.

May 1, 2012, In Vacant Lots and Backyards, a Flower Business Grows, Two former Brooklyn Botanic Garden Interns start flower business by planting wherever they find unused soil.

February, 2012

February 28, 2012, Heirloom Tomatoes Coming Soon to Gowanus Canal, First Whole Foods in Brooklyn deal sealed in part because of toxic soil clean-up.

February 28, 2012, Wormlike Amphibians Populate Indian Soil, New amphibian, Chikilidae, lives its entire life cycle in the soil.

February 27, 2012, Water Views with a Hint of Daring and Danger, Steep bluffs on Puget Sound provide potentially hazardous homes.

February 22, 2012, The Land That Keeps Giving, Living off the land in Maine.

February 22, 2012, On Growing and Eating Potatoes, An elementary school garden yields great results.

February 21, 2012, Now Growing | Pioneer Square's Mushroom Farm, Soil remediation in urban areas.

February 21, 2012, For Rhys Vineyards, Greatness Comes at a Price. Soil composition and filtration play a role in wine making.

February 21, 2012, From Lawn to Pond, A Guardian of Central Park Testing the soils of Central Park.

February 9, 2012, The Myth of Biodegradability, Energy to degrade biodegradable plastics back into soil may prove prohibitive. [blog]

February 7, 2012, Unusual February tropical system douses south Florida, Key West. Standing water a danger since soil is saturated.

February 3, 2011, "EPA official to tour Bladensburg Manufacturer to promote permeable paving material" Permeable paving stones allow rainwater to sink into the soil.

February 3, 2012, Spanish foreign minister says US promises to help clean up nuclear contamination in south.

February 2, 2012, "Interview: Ukrainian nuclear experts say Japan residents should be able to return home."

February 2, 2012, "Farms battered by violent 2011 weather recovering with help of temperate fall, little snow."

February 2, 20122, "Dallas Fort Worth 1st metro area in Texas to emerge from drought situation remains."

January, 2012

January 20, 2012, "Ecological connectivity as climate warms."

January 9, 2012, "Using modern tools to reconstruct ancient life."

November, 2011

November 16, 2011, Soil Renewal Puts Pakistan's Poor on solid ground. Gympsum amendments improve the quality of the soil.

August, 2011

August 8, 2011, "Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril." Workers are removing contaminated soil from schoolyards.

August 8, 2011, "A Colorful Way to Watch Evolution in Nebraska's Sand Dunes." Mice change color overtime depending on the color of the soil on which they live.

August 7, 2011, "After the Gold Rush in Peru." Large amounts of disturbed topsoil are being washed away after gold miners leave it in piles.,0,2028208.story

August 5, 2011, "Nigeria oil spills have created ecological disaster, report says." Soil and water samples indicate that pollution in the Niger Delta has penetrated further and deeper than many may have supposed.,0,5418875.story

August 4, 2011, "Drought Effect Extend Far Beyond Water Restrictions." The blistering Texas summer heat is drying and shifting soils which are in turn bursting water pipelines, buckling house foundations, and causing other damage.

August 1, 2011. "The Pink and the Blue." The amount of Aluminum in the soil and the pH cause the color change in Hydrangea blossoms.

August 1, 2011, Graphic of Soil Contamination Levels in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, Japan.

July, 2011

July 21, 2011, "To Nullify Lead, Add a Bunch of Fish Bones." The phosphates in fish bones bind with lead form pyromorphite, a crystalline mineral that is harmless.

April, 2011 Saharan dust in Portugal

Soil liquefication in Japan post earthquake:

Eroded landscape in Madagascar:

National Geographic Photo of the Day: Rio Negro in Brazil Tanins in the water give this river its dark name.

January, 2011

January 14, 2011, "Loudoun Water to vote on funding study on extending service with pipeline" (Loudon County area has rocky terrain which is not as good as soil at filtering surface water.)

January 13, 2011, "EPA: Study by dump shows chemicals at safe level" (Company tested air, soil, and vegetation samples for a year to determine safe levels of PCB)

January 7, 2011, "Nigeria: Lead poisoning outbreak remains a threat" (Levels of lead in the soil as much as 150 times the safe limit).

January 7, 2011, "US says too much fluoride is causing splotchy teeth" (Fluoride is a mineral that exists in soil and water and its addition to drinking water is creating other challenges)

January 7, 2011, "To get the most out of rigid foam insulation, install it deep" (Frost depth of soil dictates how deep to put foam insulation)

January, 6, 2011, "1 injured, part of Las Vegas Strip remporarily closed for cleanup of acid spill outside resort" (Traffic on the Strip snarled while workers replaced contaminated flower bed soil),0,1311212.story

January 6, 2011, "Battery factory poisons 24 children in China (battery factory emissions can pollute air and soil)

January 5, 2011, "China's Yellow River basin hit by serious erosion (Soil and water erosion among the worst worldwide)

January 5, 2011, "The Best Gardening Periodicals, Forums, and Blogs (read all about gardening in from these excellent sources)

January 5, 2011, "Study: No till farming reduces greenhouse gas (No till farming apparently slows the breakdown of fertilizers)

January 4, 2011, "Pesticides Threaten Ant-Eating Tradition in Brazil" (pesticides used to grow eucalyptus trees leave ants under threat)

January 4, 2011, "Quinoa's popularity boon to Bolivians" (arid, rocky soil in Bolivia grows this increasingly popular grain)

January 4, 2011, "Science, bugs team up to fight hemlock-eating pest" (Saving hemlock critical to soil and water quality),

January 4, 2011, "Dry me a river: San Antonio drains iconic River Walk's busiest stretch in historic cleanup (More than 6,000 tons of soil sediment that has been stirred up by barges and boats will be removed),0,6403459.story

January 3, 2011, "Competitive nature that is nurtured in soil" (Trees grow more roots than they need in order capture nutrients from the soil. They appear to do it to crowd out other trees.)

January 3, 2011, "Shattered glass offers clues that may improve weather and climate forecasts" (Studying the patterns in which glass shatters will help scientists study the manner in which soil is broken up. Tiny clay particles float in the atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays.)

December, 2010

December 30, 2010, "Ohio child cancers confound parents, investigators" (full investigation would include soil testing, which has not yet been done)

December 29, 2010, "Successful conservation program turns 25 with uncertainty and hope" (Conservation Reserve Program protects water and soil quality and creates a habitat for diverse wildlife)

December 29, 2010, "California faces winds, cold blast after storm," (High winds could topple trees rooted in saturated soil)

December 25, 2010, "Siberian park gets new population in climate change test" (tall grasses with complex root systems might stabilize the increasingly thawing soil),0,1633748.story

December 25, 2010, "Environmentalists deplore Schwarzenegger's corporate turn" (easing of rules that will allow a known carcinogen to treat soil in strawberry fields),0,6222572.story

December 23, 2010, "US to pay $55M for cleanup in Washington state" (Superfund site has acres of contaminated soil and water)

December 22, 2010, "LA Evacuations Ordered; CA Braces for More Rain" (Soil erosion will occur more quickly because of mudslides and as a result of wildfires.)

December 22, 2010, "4 empty homes destroyed by flooding in northern AZ" (Flood waters swept away four homes after saturating the soil)

December 20, 2010, "Environmental community shifts focus away from Washington with 'think local' strategies" (A series of floods helped Iowans focus on the importance of preventing soil erosion.

December 17, 2010, "UN panel to investigate Haiti cholera outbreak" (One hypothesis of the cause of the outbreak is that the cholera lay dormant in Haiti's soil.)

December 17, 2010, "20 questions to test your gardening skills" (A multiple choice "test" to see what you know about soil and how to garden.)

December 6, 2010, "Climate Change Igniting Deep Peatland Fires, Study Says" (Alaskan wildfires are burning longer and releasing stores of CO2)

November 2010

November 29, 2010, "Even When Frozen, Soils Get Busy Emitting CO2," (Scientists thought bacteria in the soil only ate detritus seasonally, but now it looks like they do so year-round)

November 29, 2010, Soil in the News: "Farmers Find Organic Arsenal to Wage War on Pests" (organic methods to get rid of crop pests)

November 2009

November 19, 2009, "A climate threat, rising from the soil" (Degraded peatlands in Indonesia unleash vast amounts of carbon)

November, 2003

November 16, 2003, Dust Storm On The Gulf Of Oman
Dust from Iran was blowing over the Gulf of Oman on November 16, 2003.

November 10, 2003 Dust Storms Over Lake Chad

November 4, 2003, Dust Off Morocco
Thick plumes of tan dust were blowing off the shores of Morocco on November 4, 2003.

November 2, 2003 Flooding in Luzon, the Philippines

October, 2003

October 10, 2003 Dust Blowing Off West Africa

October 3, 2003 Dust Storm Over Libya

August, 2003

August 29, 2003 Saharan Dust Over Italy

August 24, 2003 Flooding along the Awash River in Ethiopia

August 20, 2003 Dust Storm of Afghanistan and Pakistan

July, 2003

Western and southern Afghanistan are suffering through two months of the worst sandstorms in living memory. This Terra MODIS image shows a huge dust storm over southern Afghanistan and Pakistan.
*** MODIS(Terra) image from Jul 24 2003 (Posted on Jul 29 2003 12:30PM)

Entering its fifth year of drought in July 2003, Utah is the driest state in the U.S. This recent MODIS image shows a dust storm blowing over the Great Salt Lake.
*** MODIS(Aqua) image from Jul 23 2003 (Posted on Jul 28 2003 3:28PM)
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The current drought in South Africa’s Western Cape province is withering and stunting vegetation across this crop-producing region.
*** MODIS(Terra) image from Jul 21 2003 (Posted on Aug 4 2003)

June, 2003

June 5, 2003: Rain Delay, Landscapers, Painters, Roofers and Homeowners Are Waiting Out the Storms, by Annie Groer

June 2, 2003: Space Station Science Picture of the Day

June 5, 2003: Ten Things We hate About Rain & How to Fix Them. Mike McClinktock

June 5, 2003: City Police To Move From Tight Quarters, New Space Aims To Ease Crowding by Annie Gowen



February, 2002

February 20, 2002: In War: Mud Huts and Hard Calls, By Dana Priest, Washington Post, pg. A01

February 12, 2002: Massive dust Plume Emanates Over China (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor [SeaWiFS] image)

February 11, 2002: Saharan Dust Over the Atlantic (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer [MODIS] flying aboard
NASA’s Terra spacecraft captured this true-color image of the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Western Sahara)

February 10, 2002: Plumes Over Baja California (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor [SeaWiFS] captured this true-color image of many large dust plumes blowing oceanward from Baja California, Mexico.


February 3, 2002: Midland Residents Playing Hardball, Ian Shapira, Washington Post, pg. LZ03.

February 3, 2002: Prince William Forum, Complex Is No Blessing: High Price of Free Asbestos, Washington Post, pg PW02.

February 3, 2002: CUTTINGS: When Plants Are Getting Too Big for the Pot, By LEE REICH, New York Times.

February 2, 2002: As Graduates of Master Gardener Programs, Volunteers do the Spade Work for Avid Landscapers, Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, pg H03.

January, 2002

January 29, 2002: Is Logging Bane or Balm? Plan Stirs Debate, By JIM ROBBINS, New York Times

January 27, 2002: CUTTINGS; In a Greenhouse, the Thriving of Perennials, By ANNE RAVER, New York Times, Section 14LI, Page 14, Column 1.

January 26, 2002: Gardening Mailbag: Ryegrass, Poison Ivy, Hemlock Tree, Picket Fense, Peace Lily, Plant safety,
Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, pg. h08.

January 26, 2002: Need a good De-Fence? Go on the Offense, Barry Stone, Washington Post, pg. h03.

January 26, 2002: Rural Dreams, Rural Realities: What you need to know before yo Buy Your Fantasy Country House,
Ellen M. Dudley, Washington Post page H01.

January 24, 2002: More Subsidy Money Going to Fewer Farms, John Lancaster, Washngton Post, pg. A01.

January 24, 2002: Choosing Easy-Care Shrubs, Perennials, Scott Aker, Washington Post, pg. h07.

January 24, 2002:More Than Dirt in Heaps of Mulch: Area's landfills Aim to clean Up Debris in Mixture, David Cho, Washington Post, pg. LZ03.

January 22, 2002: Racing For the 'Last Great Place', Michael Powell, Washington Post, pg. a01.

January 21, 2002: Afghanistan Withered by Drought: Thounds in Need in Agricultural South, But Relief Set Back by War,
Pamela Constable, Washington Post, pg a01.

January 19, 2002: Brief Reprieve for Some in Lead-Tainted Town, By JODI WILGOREN, New York Times, Section A, Page 1, Column 4.

January 13, 2002: LONG ISLAND WEEKLY DESK: So How Contaminated Is the Old Nuclear Plant? By JOHN RATHER (NYT), New York Times, 14LI, Page 1, Column 1

January 9, 2002: WINE TALK; Not Settling for the Label 'One of the Best' By Frank J. Prial, New York Times, Section F, Page 6, Column 3

January 7, 2002: Dust Storm Hits Canary Islands, NASA's Earth Observatory.

January 6, 2002: Digging for a Glimpse of Old Manassas: Archaeologists Hope to Find Civil War-Era Artifacts Under Candy Factory Site, William Branigin, Washington Post, pg. C03.

January 5, 2002: How to Properly Care for Tropical Plants Received over the Holidays, Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post, pg. H08.

January 3, 2002: GARDEN Q.& A. By Leslie Land, New York Times, Section F, Page 2, Column 5

December, 2001

Managing Salinity and Nutrients In Recycling and High Efficiency Irrigation Systems
by William Darlington, Orange, CA Consultant

Compost: Soil Amendment for Establishment of Turf and Landscape
By William Darlington, Soil and Plant Laboratory, Inc., Orange, CA ,

Benefits of Fall Fertilization
by Dirk W. Muntean, Washington Consultant and Office Manager,

December 23, 2001: IN BRIEF; Lab Cleanup Money May Be Reduced, By John Rather, New York Times, Section 14LI, Page 10, Column 5.

December 18, 2001: UNEXPLODED MINES; 400 Demolition Experts Will Try to Harvest Afghanistan's Field of Mines, By C. J. CHIVERS, New York Times, Section B, Page 1, Column 5.

December 18, 2001: Dimming Prospects for Farm Reform, Editorial, Section A, Page 22, Column 1.

December 17, 2001: To Help Land, Australians Rethink Role Of Kangaroos, By JOHN SHAW, New York Times, Section A, Page 9, Column 1.

December 16, 2001: White Farmers Flee to Mozambique, By RACHEL L. SWARNS, New York Times, Section 1A, Page 16, Column 1.

December 16, 2001: LONG ISLAND WEEKLY DESK, CUTTINGS; Let It Rain, Let It Snow and if It Doesn't . . .
By ANNE RAVER, Section 14LI, Page 21, Column 1.

December 12, 2001: World Briefing | Asia/Pacific: China: Ailing Villagers To Be Moved, ( AP ), Section A, Page 12, Column 4.

December 9, 2001: Renowned From Trunk to Treetop, By NANCY POLK, New York Times, Section 14CN, Page 10, Column 4.

December 6, 2001: HOUSE & HOME/STYLE DESK, GARDEN Q.& A., By Dora Galitzki, New York Times, Section F, Page 2, Column 5.

November, 2001

November 27, 2001: For Radiation, How Much Is Too Much? By GINA KOLATA, New York Times, Section F, Page 1, Column 1

November 21, 2001: WINE TALK; Nouveau Naps, And Beaujolais Gets Serious, By Frank J. Prial, New York Times, Section F, Page 1, Column 1

November 18, 2001: "For the Poor Worldwide, Anthrax Is Nothing New," AP Newswire.

November 18, 2001: "Long Island: Environmentalists Fight Over Historic Estate House," By Carole Paquette, The New York Times.

November 16, 2001: THE OUTLOOK "Now, the Battle to Feed the Afghan Nation," By Tim Weiner, The New York Times.

November 16, 2001: "No Drought Designation Yet, but Rain Would Be Welcome," By Iver Peterson, The New York Times.

November 16, 2001: "Workers Shore Up Wall Keeping Hudson's Waters Out," By James Glanz and Eric Lipton, The New York Times.

November 13, 2001: "Weather Forecasters Look Ahead, Far Ahead," By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times.

November 13, 2001: "Drought Holds Much of East in Its Grip; Fires Spread," By The Associated Press.

November 13, 2001: "The Drug Makers: Antibiotics Business Is Again Popular," By Andrew Pollack, The New York Times.

November 13, 2001: "Anthrax Traces In Boxer's Office Amount Found On Table Is So Small There's No Health Risk, Officials Say," By Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer, San Francisco Chronicle.

November 12, 2001: "Growers Hope To Give New York Onions An Edge In Crowded Market," By Mary Esch, Associated Press.

November 12, 2001: "U.C. Master Gardeners: Heavenly Bamboo Isn't Invasive," The Los Angeles Times.

November 12, 2001: "Tainted Water Leaves Town Dealing With Health, Economic Fears," By Michael Mello, Associated Press.

November 11, 2001 page B03: "The Birth of the Myth That Men Are Closer To God," By Robert S. McElvaine, The Washington Post.

November 11, 2001 page F01: "Seething South Of The Border: Our Neighbors Have Some Hard Words for Us. Are We Listening?" By Kevin Sullivan, The Washington Post.

November 11, 2001: A New Strategy for Saving Streams: Rip Them Up, By The New York Times, Section 1A, Page 40, Column 3

November 11, 2001: Streetscapes/The Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Mix of Limestone and Sandstone, in Florentine Style
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY, New York Times, Section 11, Page 7, Column 1

November 11, 2001: Hands in the Dirt, Face to the Sun: Hope in the Garden, By ELISABETH GINSBURG, New York Times, Section 14WC, Page 12, Column 4.

November 9, 2001: A NATION CHALLENGED: REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK; To the Stranger, a Wild Land, Strangely Awesome, By DEXTER FILKINS, New York Times, Section B, Page 1, Column 1.

November 8, 2001: "Day After Day of Dry: This Beautiful Autumn Is Killing Our Plants," By Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post.

November 8, 2001 page H07: "Sage Advice," By Adrienne Cook, The Washington Post.

November 8, 2001, Page H05: "Family-Owned Garden Center Becomes A Columbia Fixture, The Washington Post.

November 7, 2001: "Report Cites Dangerous Air on U.S. - Mexico Border" By Reuters.

November 7, 2001: "UN: World Population May Reach 10.9B," By The Associated Press.

November 7, 2001: "The Mystery: Detectives Ask for Help in Tracing Victim's Steps," By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times.

November 6, 2001: "Dry Spell Has Area Officials Watching Sky Potomac Running Low; Drought Watch Possible" by Anita Huslin, The Washington Post.

November 5, 2001: "Anthrax Has Inspired Dread and Breakthroughs," By Guy Gugliotta, The Washington Post.

November 5, 2001: "Cancer-Stricken Chinese village Tries to Pierce a Wall of Silence," By Philip P. Pan, The Washington Post.

November 4, 2001: "Uphill Battle: The New Agrarianism: Land, Culture, and the Community of Life," Edited by Eric T. Freyfogle, Island Press: 292 pp. By JANE SMILEY, The Los Angeles Times.

November 4, 2001: "Front Line of Famine in Ethiopia Is the Soil," By Marc Lacey, The New York Times.

November 4, 2001: "Catching the Retreating Sun for Fresh Greens," By Anne Raver, The New York Times.

November 2, 2001: "Senator Offers Farm Bill, Retaining Subsidies, as a Compromise," By Elizabeth Becker, The New York Times.

November 2, 2001: "Rural Folks Are Fortified Against the Jitters," By Judy Mann, The Washington Post.

November 1, 2001: "Arsenic Drinking Water Standard Issued After Seven-Month Scientific Review, EPA Backs Clinton-Established Levels," By Edward Walsh, The Washington Post.

November 1, 2001: "Agricultural Issues Move Beyond Farms," By Jennifer Lenhart, The Washington Post.

October, 2001

October 31, 2001: "In France, the Prune Holds a Noble Station," By Florence Fabricant, The New York Times.

October 31, 2001: "Wine Four Finds Under $20," By Ben Giliberti, The Washington Post.

October 30, 2001 page A17: "Coca Invades Colombia's Coffee Fields Falling Prices Push Farmers to Plant Illegal Crops, Threatening U.S. Drug War," By Scott Wilson, The Washington Post.

October 29, 2001: "U.S. Is Taking a Back Seat In Latest Talks on Climate," By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times.

October 29, 2001: "Anthrax Hides Along Cattle Trails of the Old West," By Ross E. Milloy, The New York Times.

October 27, 2001, page A11: "N.Y. Attack Site Releases Contaminants," Associated Press.

October 27, 2001 page C01: "The Ancient History of a Bacterium: Anthrax Scares Go Way Back," By Ken Ringle, The Washington Post.

October 26, 2001: "A Gas Pipeline to World Outside; Talk of Modernization and Jobs Unsettles Thai Villagers," By Wayne Arnold, "The New York Times."

Thursday, October 18, 2001, Capital's oldest art museum to double its size with design by architect Frank Gehry, Carl, Hartman, Associated Press Writer.

October 18, 2001, In the fields of Verdun, An amateur historian surveys relics of battle _ Ms. Holstein chronicles a place `where the world changed' in a different sort of war, by Bob Davis, The Wall Street Journal.

Saturday 6 October 2001: Too late to halt salinity: expert By David Wroe, "Rural Reporter."

September, 2001

September 18, 2001 - (date of web publication) New Computer Model Tracks And Predeicts Paths of Earth's Dust

August, 2001

August 30, 2001: Desert Dust Kills Florida Fish New research links huge African dust clouds with the "red tides" that kill millions of fish along the Florida coast each year. By, Patrick L. Barry

August 21, 2001: Rare Alligator Is Threatened as China Feeds Its People By CAROL KAESUK YOON

July, 2001

July 26, 2001 "Above, $700,000 Riverfront Condos; Below, a Toxic Question Mark" New York Times, Dwyer, Jim.

July 9, 2001, Evidence of D.C. Toxins Unheeded, Steve Vogel, The Washington Post.

July 15, 2001, Contamination in Spring Valley, Editorial, The Washington Post.

July 15, 2001, Pisa Puts New Slant On Leaning Tower, Associated Press.

July 15, 2001, Repaying A Debt To Nature: New Wetlands Offset Filled Ones, Chris L. Jenkins, The Washington Post.

June, 2001

June 26, 2001, All the World's a Stage ... for Dust, Patrick L. Barry

June 18, 2001, Mobile Homes for Microbes, (African dust that crosses the Atlantic and brings beautiful sunsets to Florida also carries potentially harmful bacteria and fungi, a new study shows.)

May, 2001

April, 2001

March, 2001

    Davis, Patricia. "Police have a sinking feeling; Alexandria facility is buckling, needs millions in repairs." The Washington Post. 28 Mar. 2001. p.B1.

    Ferdinand, Pamela. "Study finds major acid rain damage in northeast." The Washington Post. 26 Mar. 2001. p. A9

    CNN Report: Acid Rain Impact Remains A Concern, posted March 26, 2001

    Ring, Ed "Redwood". "Toxins to Topsoil." 22 Mar. 2001

    Cecilia Nguyen. "Arsenic levels spur expanded studies." The News Tribune. 21 Mar. 2001.

    Robson, Mary. "Gardening: Using less garden fertilizer will curb growth, reduce need for water." The News Tribune. 10 Mar. 2001.

    "McCullah, John and Vance Howard. "Shasta College erosion control blanket study: Research quantifies erosion from slopes." 44(5), 6 Mar. 2001.

    Ontario Corn Producers Association. "Corn and soil organic matter." 6 Mar. 2001

    "Removal of obsolete forest roads can reduce erosion and sediment that impair salmon-bearing streams." USGS News Release. 6 Mar. 2001.

    Robinson, Sean. "Damage: Hard-Hit areas include Olympia and Vashon Island, but Tacoma was a rock." The News Tribune. 02 March 2001.

    "Scientists find drug alternatives." LA Times. 2 Mar. 2001. (Above is summary of this article: Ferber, Dan. "MICROBIOLOGY: Possible New Route to Polyketide Synthesis." Science. 2001. 291. p.1683-.)

    "Scientists track phosphate to better understand global warming." Science Daily. 12 Dec. 2000. 8 Mar. 2001.

    Boyle, Alan. "Dry soil: a lucky break for quake." MSNBC.Com. 1 Mar. 2001. 8 Mar. 2001.

    Reifer, Susan. "Greener Acres." Vegetarian Times. March 2001. pp. 67-72.

February, 2001

    "NZ scientists grow first veggies in Martian soil." The Straits Times. 21 Dec. 2000. 26 Feb. 2001.

    Millay, Christine. "Fallbrook neighborhood residents want tainted soil removed/Dirt from project said to make some ill." The San Diego Tribune. 22 Feb. 2001.

    Brasher, Philip. "Satellite mapping finds soil damage." The Associated Press. 15 Feb. 2001.

    Shapira, Ian. "Sewer Line rejected on school campus; Outdoor lab at risk, educators say." Washington Post. 15 Feb. 2001.

    Washington Post article: Soil Tests Alter the Process in Spring Valley, by Daniela Deane, February 9, 2001

December, 2000

September, 2000

"Down to Earth: Why Soil and Soil Science Matters," "Nature" Vol. 407, 21 September 2000, p 301. by Dan H. Yaalon.

June, 2000

    Watson, Traci. "Erosion will swallow 1,500 buildings annually." USA Today. 28 Jun. 2000.

    Stone Age fields: Soil changes recommended every 12,000 years.

March, 2000

    USDA/NRCS Soil Quality Institute. "Urban Soil Compaction." Urban Technical Note No. 2. March 2000.

December, 1999

    Hottelet, Richard. C. "Desertification: forgotten threat." Christian Science Monitor. 15 Dec. 1999 p. 8.

    Virginia, Ross. A. "How Soils structure communities in the Antarctic Dry Valley." Bioscience. Dec. 1999.

February, 1999

    Wall, Diana H. "Interactions underground: soil biodiversity, mutualism and ecosystem processes." Bioscience. Feb. 1999.

January, 1999


    Barrow, N. J. "The four laws of soil chemistry: the Leeper lecture 1998." Australian Journal of Soil Reseach. (37) 1999.


Grove, Conrad, "Worms, and their droppings, are big business." Philly News on-line, Sports -The Outdoors, January 25, 1998


August, 1997


    Sheppard, S.C. and W.B. Evenden "Optimized Design for Earthworm survival Tests in Soil." Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 1992 49:648-655.