Beach Dunes

April 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Posted in Nature, Perspective | Comments Off on Beach Dunes
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I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent walking on beaches, but I have to believe it must be in the thousands. Yes, thousands. You see, I’ve lived near or on the ocean for all but six years of my life, and that means I’ve trekked beaches in New England, Middle Atlantic states, the Southeast and the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, there’s all those hours visiting exotic places in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia when I was either on business or vacation, and could always find time for a little beach walk. Oh, and then there’s those cool beaches of California, Oregon and Washington. So, in a very informal and non-academic way, I am kind of a dune expert.

I love beach dunes, especially Florida beach dunes. So, I want everyone to know what dunes are and how important it is to protect them. Listen up.

Beach dunes one time may have been part of the ocean floor when the oceans covered the land. Others are created by wind and storms depositing sand high up on the beaches. In this sand are organic matter (read plant life) which embeds in the sand and begins to grow. Plants sprout and capture more sand and more organic matter in an ongoing process which results in a larger and healthier dune. While Nature can take away what it has made, it also can replenish through its cycle of strong winds and onshore storms which dump large amounts of sand and organisms.

Man, however, is another impact force on dunes, and we can be better stewards of what has been provided us.

By staying off the dunes and not picking or destroying dune vegetation, we can protect the dunes. By planting approved dune plants we can enhance the dune vegetation, which will attract more organisms from the wind-blown sand. By convincing local and state officials to protect the dunes, we can assure that government offices are doing their part.

If you love the dunes, or the beach, or the ocean, or Nature at large, do your part. Get involved and take action. Maybe we’ll cross paths!


Earth Day 2009

April 22, 2009 at 9:22 am | Posted in Nature | Comments Off on Earth Day 2009
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As a publisher dedicated to producing factual, accessible, and educational books about marine life, environmnet, and conservation, Ocean Publishing wants everyone to take a moment today to celebrate Earth Day. I’m not suggesting any particular activity, nor am I saying that everything the green movement has conjured up is right on.

What I’d like you to do is to stop what you’re doing, step outside, look around, and take a good, deep look at the nature that you see. Even in our largest cities there is plenty to behold, it just might take a little more effort.

Think about what you see. Think about how you feel about it. Do you enjoy the colors, the fragrances, the breeze, the soil, and all the other ingredients that make up our world? In this quiet time, can you imagine your life without the nature that is around you? What if it no longer existed?

In my mind, Earth Day is every day. Native Americans know this, and celebrate this every day. So, for me, today is no more special than every other day, except for the greater emphasis supplied by various organizations and the media, all with a stake in one position or another.

How about we make a simple pledge? I pledge today to make “earth day” every day for the rest of my life, and that means that I will respect nature and do whatever I believe is reaonable and right to help preserve and protect it.

Simple, right? Now, let’s go live it. The proof is in the doing.

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