At its most basic level, a canopy gap is a hole in the forest's land cover, frequently caused by a fallen tree or windstorm. However, these forest gaps, which are typically brought about by natural processes, can also give rise to new life. In this study, T.C. Whitmore explains what a tree gap is and the unique function it serves in the forest, demonstrating how sometimes … [Read more...] about Canopy Gaps Define Forest Growth
Are Polar Bears bad at Math or Just Altruistic?
Most references to polar bears in the twenty-first century evoke pictures of stranded animals, either on exposed beaches or drifting ice sheets as glaciers retreat into the ocean. The Arctic's severe environment make it difficult for animals to produce the next generation of young, and rearing a polar bear cub requires a lot of effort. Polar bear mothers are required to … [Read more...] about Are Polar Bears bad at Math or Just Altruistic?
Are forests a carbon-neutral source of energy?
The time is now for forests. Forests have demonstrated their value throughout ecosystems, from protecting biodiversity to reducing flooding in cities. Some believe that because forests grow and replenish themselves, they constitute a renewable resource. However, just because a harvested forest can regenerate does not guarantee that other connected systems will do the … [Read more...] about Are forests a carbon-neutral source of energy?
When a Problem with Conservation is Caused by Too Many Fish
An abundant harvest typically indicates a fruitful crop, which is a desirable thing. However, that isn't always the case in fisheries. Fish taken outside the target stock are frequent catches in both freshwater and saltwater fishing. However, overfishing can have a long-term negative impact on the stability and health of species. Bycatch, or fish that are accidentally taken, … [Read more...] about When a Problem with Conservation is Caused by Too Many Fish
Forests of kelp and turf algae
Kelp forests, which can be found at temperate latitudes along around 25% of the world's coastlines, are essential to the health of the oceans. However, these swaying woods are disappearing quickly in specific regions of South Australia, the Baltic Sea, and Atlantic Canada as a result of human-induced climate change and other environmental stresses. Turf algae, a fast-growing … [Read more...] about Forests of kelp and turf algae