The Southwest region contains soils, natural water sources, Class I and II quality air, and geological formations. The area also contains an abundance of wildlife. The resources are monitored and protected.Continue Reading
Southwest soil comes from a variety of sources, including the area deserts, the Colorado Plateau, the Gypsum Dune Fields and the Uplands. Water comes from the springs, groundwater, rivers and streams and washes of the Southern Colorado Plateau, the Heiser Spring, the Southern Plains and other places. Under the Clean Air Acts of 1977, the air in the Southwest region is classified as Class II. Nine parks in the Southwest region are classified as Class I airsheds, meaning the air is naturally confined or channeled. The air in the parks is strictly monitored.
Many of the Southwestern geological formations are established national parks and are protected by law from human use. Of the 180 parks, 49 contain volcanic features and 24 have geothermal features. Each area in the Southwest is home to an indigenous species of animal, from common birds to creatures that date back to prehistoric times. Each state hosts organizations that protect and monitor resources. National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program is one of the many agencies that also monitors the area.Learn more about The South
An ocean's salinity is affected by water and air temperature, the volume of water that flows into it, its age and the chemical composition of surrounding geological formations. Because the effect of these factors varies over the area of an ocean, different levels are found within the ocean.Full Answer >
Pollution can profoundly affect air, water and soil, causing breaches in the ozone layer, introducing toxins to rivers, soils and the surrounding air and even causing harm in the form of excess noise. Environmental pollution exists in five fundamental forms: air, soil, water, noise and light pollution. Of the types of pollution, air is the most harmful variety.Full Answer >
The Appalachian Ridge and Great Appalachian Valley are geologic formations created between 300 and 400 million years ago. In multiple collisions, the tectonic plates containing North America and Africa came together in the formation of the Pangaea supercontinent. These collisions made multiple ridges at the edges of these continents, forming the Appalachian Mountains.Full Answer >
Some popular San Antonio Fiesta events include the Battle of Flowers Parade, the Fiesta World Class Jazz Concert, Fiesta Pops, the Fiesta Carnival and the Texas Cavaliers River Parade. The next San Antonio Fiesta marks the 125th anniversary of the event and runs from April 14 to 24, 2016.Full Answer >