Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi’



Forbes Lipschitz finds poetry in the catfish pond landscapes of the Mississippi Delta.

From the October 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine 

When Forbes Lipschitz, ASLA, was a senior at Pomona College, in Claremont, California, she created a series of larger-than-life portraits. The subjects were genetically modified animals. One portrays a sheep that, rendered bald by an injection, resembles a shar-pei. Another captures a goat bred to produce spider silk protein. “I was basically just interested in the moral ambiguity of biotechnology,” Lipschitz explains. “I was using the portrait as a means to reveal that complexity.”

The portraits constituted Lipschitz’s senior thesis at Pomona, where she studied environmental studies and art, a combo major she designed herself. The animal portraits are precociously accomplished feats of realism notably lacking in judgment. The fluoro-pig, for example, (more…)

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Horace Mitchell, whose title is lead visualizer of NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, has mapped sets of U.S. Geological Survey data on stream flows of the entire Mississippi River Basin, which, of course, includes the Missouri River and Ohio River watersheds. Mitchell traces the streams’ flows from source to mouth (though not at actual stream flow speeds). It takes a while for water to run from the continental divides to the Gulf of Mexico, but it eventually does get there.

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From the April 2014 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

The words that scientists and policy makers choose often say as much as the content of their papers and speeches. For instance, a great deal has been written about whether events such as Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and even recent snow days in the Southeast are truly “natural” disasters, or if the framing of these so-called acts of God masks the human responsibilities for their occurrence. Even the seemingly benign word “disturbance,” an ecological term encompassing events such as floods and fires, takes for granted certain ideas about how ecosystems work.


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