Nineteenth-century cows muddied Southern California continental shelf

When offshore ecosystems deteriorate, scientists often look at changing ocean conditions, urban runoff or fishing as potential explanations. Cows usually don’t come to mind. But new research investigating the seafloor off the coast of Los Angeles suggests that 19th-century cattle, despite their terrestrial lifestyle, left a lasting impact on the underwater habitat there.

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Lauren Milideo

Milideo recently completed her doctorate in geosciences at Penn State. She is now a freelance science writer. Follow her at @lwritesscience or check out her writing at www.laurenmilideo.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 06:00