Pre-Inca Canal System Uses Hillsides as Sponges to Store Water
A team of hydrologists, engineers, and social scientists hoping to strengthen the water security of Lima and other Peruvian cities analyzed a 1,400-year-old nature-based system developed by pre-Inca mountain communities.
This story was a SciShortform Honorable Mention for Q4 of 2019.
Forgotten trove of fossil feathers belonged to tiny polar dinosaurs
In Ars Technica
Researchers have described ten fossil feathers from the polar regions of the former continent Gondwana for the first time. The fossils were initially discovered in the 1960s, but most of the technologies and knowledge used to understand the feathers described in this study didn’t yet exist. They were tucked away in a drawer in the Melbourne Museum for decades, until Martin Kundrát happened across an old paper.
Agriculture, mining, hunting push critically endangered gorilla to the brink
Maiko National Park is one of just two national parks in the world known to contain the highly endangered Grauer’s gorilla, but the bushmeat trade, artisanal mining, and increasing population pressure are jeopardizing the species.
This story was one of the top 15 most-read stories on Mongabay in 2019.
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Environment and Sustainability
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