Tropical Gardening: Colombia’s drylands expanding

Desertification is nothing new to the world, but global warming combined with human activities is accelerating this phenomenon. The old saying “rain follows the forest and desert follows man” is rather depressing, but it doesn’t have to be if we understand how deserts are created and how we can reverse the process.

Volcano Watch: Volcano scientists gather for a volatile meeting

This week, a group of volcanic gas scientists from throughout the United States, including staff from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will gather at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash., for a workshop to improve and facilitate collaboration within the volcanic gas community during times of eruption or volcanic unrest.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival comes to close

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with a great devotion. The festival celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

Let’s Talk Food: Pine nuts — a gourmet nut

Pine nuts have been such a staple ingredient in Italian cuisine since the days of ancient Rome. Roman soldiers ate them as they marched into battle. At Pompeii, archaeologists found pine nuts in the volcanic ash.

Volcano Watch: ‘Volcano Watch’ receives national award

“Volcano Watch,” weekly articles written primarily by U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory staff and occasionally by USGS partners and university affiliates, was recently honored by the National Association of Government Communicators.