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Earth Sense: Plutons embedded by erosion

"Strange formation!" I heard a tourist say, standing at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

August 16, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: San Andreas Fault keeps Calif. cities in harm’s way

Between Coalinga and San Lucas, Calif., I'm driving on State Road 198 through a landscape of steep hills and widespread rangeland. Dusty slopes illustrate the epic drought that has been troubling southern California.

August 08, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: North Georgia marked by geological history

North Georgia offers some of the most interesting geological history in the Eastern United States.

August 01, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Beware of danger from Georgia’s flash floods

It doesn't take a hurricane to produce flash floods in North Georgia. Summer thunderstorms at the beginning of this month prompted warnings in counties reaching from Dekalb to Habersham, and over into Elbert and many other places.

July 26, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Venture outside of Paris when traveling to France

For a first-time visit to Europe, the standard trip to Paris, Rome, London or Berlin is a fine start. There are fascinating other places, though, that you don't even see in many travel guides.

July 18, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Thames flows in rare way

If your travels lead you to London, there are interesting things to observe besides the museums, shops and the slightly scary London Eye Ferris wheel.

July 11, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Know your hurricane facts as season begins

Some questions come up frequently in conversations about hurricanes:

July 04, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Nutrients absent in red clay topsoil in North Georgia

In terms of its natural setting, North Georgia can count many blessings.

June 27, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Hurricane season underway

Summer begins today, and hurricane season is already in progress. Georgia is affected by hurricanes, but they play out differently in our northern part of the state than they do in the coastal plain.

June 20, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Proper care for air conditioning in cars maximizes full potential

In hot weather, cars tend to get lower gas mileage than at other times. That's not a flaw in the engine control system. It's the extra work that the air conditioning makes the engine do.

June 13, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Pacific Rim a constant source for some concern

June 06, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Electric cars’ power still comes from fossil fuels

Electric cars are fun, no doubt. They emit no harmful gases during operation. The only noise produced is from the rolling of the tires. When all vehicles are electric, the annoyance caused by super-loud exhaust pipes blasting through the neighborhood at 2 a.m. will no longer exist.

May 30, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Protect your kids from lightning

Late spring, one of the most enjoyable seasons in North Georgia, is a time for playing outside, having a picnic or simply wandering through the landscape.

May 24, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: 21st century actions threaten environment

Some of the environmental problems we're seeing in the 21st century started in the previous one. But they are gaining in urgency.

May 17, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Keep grass clippings out of the street properly

Some love to do it, some despise it: Mowing the lawn - or "cutting the grass," as we like to call it around here.

May 09, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Waterfalls display beauty and are always changing

Waterfalls are a spectacular show of natural beauty.

August 30, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Earth Sense: Don’t get a shock, or worse, from faulty wiring in home

Time and time again we see it in poorly written movies: The bad guy kills someone by throwing a plugged-in radio into the bathtub.

August 23, 2015 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


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