Calls for Advances in Resotration Sedimentology to Protect World’s River Deltas

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The Nile River and its delta look like a brilliant, long-stemmed flower in this astronaut photograph of the southeastern Mediterranean Sea, as seen from the International Space Station. Captions and Photo source: NASA / Earth Observatory

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Rapid advances in the new and developing field of restoration sedimentology will be needed to protect the world’s river deltas from an array of threats, Indiana University Bloomington geologist Douglas A. Edmonds writes in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Land is disappearing from river deltas at alarming rates. And deltas are extraordinarily important: They are ecologically rich and productive, and they are home to about 10 percent of the world’s population…

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