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3 October 2013

NRCS Web Soil Survey and Soil Data Mart Shut Down

The popular Natural Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey and Soil Data Mart are currently shut down, due to the federal government conflict over funding. As an environmental science consultant in the private sector, I frequently use these soil mapping and data resources when characterizing existing site conditions associated with major infrastructure projects. In years past, consultants typically kept a collection of hard-copy county soil survey books but got away …


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17 November 2012

Ken Burns Presents “The Dust Bowl” on PBS

This coming Sunday and Monday nights (November 18-19), PBS is featuring the Ken Burns documentary, The Dust Bowl. Burns calls it “the greatest man-made ecological disaster in Unites States history… A ten-year apocalypse superimposed over the worst economic cataclysm in our nation’s history, the Great Depression.” From an article by James West at the Atlantic: As the East Coast licks its wounds from superstorm Sandy, many in New York and …


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