Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at SOS? Get to know our Naturalists in a new monthly video series, entitled "Meet a Naturalist". Our first installment features Naturalist Maddie, "Nova". Check out the video below!
What is Erosion? Erosion is the gradual degradation
(breaking down) of rock and other natural material, by wind, water, gravity,
and even animals. Erosion happens all around us on hillsides, the edges of
riverbeds, beaches, and cliff walls. It is an entirely natural and necessary
process; erosion is responsible for the dispersion and recycling of rocks and
minerals into sediment, which enriches soil and provides opportunities for new
life to emerge!
However, human induced erosion is not natural, nor beneficial
to our local environment. Scientists have estimated that global rates of
erosion have increased 10-40 times its natural rate, due to human influence and
activity. If you are looking for signs of human induced erosion, it is
particularly obvious alongside walking trails in parks and forests.
Every year, our Sierra Outdoor School Naturalists take
hundreds of of students on field trips to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, aptly
named for the beautiful Giant Sequoia …