Research has Shown Ponds Along the Mississippi are Growing in Size due to Wind Erosion

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A false colour image of the Atchafalaya Delta taken by NASA's Landsat 8 satellite.
After analyzing over 10,000 images of the Atchafalaya Delta, researchers believe small ponds are growing due to wind erosion (image credit: NASA).

A study published in the April 2017 issue of Geophysical Research Letters has shown that ponds are, on average, growing in size, and that growth is caused by the prevailing winds. This was shown by the study of over 10,000 satellite images taken between 1982 to 2016. A study like this will help conservation and environmental workers develop plans for maintaining vulnerable ponds.

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Research has Shown Ponds Along the Mississippi are Growing in Size due to Wind Erosion
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As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. He co-developed a science communication workshop for Canadian science professionals, to instruct them in more effective methods of communicating their science. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and recently published a peer-reviewed paper in The Astrophysical Journal. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.