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Trashed But Not Forgotten

By on March 21, 2016

By Kim Hambright, assistant editor, The Fourth River   Have you ever meandered along a sandy beach in the early morning looking for conch shells or weathered bits of sea glass? The salt air intoxicates you, and it’s not unusual

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The Ayoreo and our Failure of Imagination

By on March 16, 2016

  By Stephanie Vega, assistant editor, The Fourth River   The Chaco region of Paraguay houses some of the most biodiverse and unique ecosystems, from the Gran Chaco thorn forest to the wetlands of the Pilcomayo. The thorn forest of

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Beware Pittsburgh Winter

By on February 28, 2016

By Chara Kramer, assistant editor, The Fourth River   Every time someone learns that I hate winter—and I mean hate it—they ask me if I’m from the south. “No,” I always answer. “I just wish I was.” When I was

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A Cold Future for the Snowshoe Hare

By on February 19, 2016

By Kim Hambright, assistant editor   I first developed a fondness for rabbits as a child. My favorite bedtime story was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and I could listen to his clever quips and mischievous ideas all day. Even

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Book Review: Come by Here, by Tom Noyes

By on February 18, 2016

By Alex Friedman, assistant editor, The Fourth River   Tom Noyes’ third book of fiction, Come by Here, published in 2014 by Autumn House Press, collects six  varied stories and a novella (that lends the book its title) relating to

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Dirty Beauty

By on February 17, 2016

By Mary E. Nolte, assistant editor, The Fourth River     Coke (fuel): The solid carbonaceous material derived from destructive distillation of low-ash, low-sulfur bituminous coal. Used as a fuel and as a reducing agent in smelting iron ore in a

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In Community: The Manatee & The Writer

By on February 12, 2016

  By Kim Hambright, assistant editor   Each year, hundreds of manatees migrate to Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County, Florida to escape the colder waters of the St. John’s River. Enjoying the consistently balmy temperature of the 72˚

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From Trees to Trails: Deforestation in the Ski Industry

By on February 10, 2016

  By Sara Pierce, associate editor, The Fourth River   Growing up in the Midwest and northern Indiana, there wasn’t much to do in the depths of winter. There weren’t any lakes to skate on; we didn’t own a snowmobile;

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The Giant’s Causeway: a Trail, a Tale, and Transformation

By on February 5, 2016

By Athena Wintruba, assistant editor, The Fourth River   Myth envelops the northeast coastline of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, as illustrated by the fact that the Giant’s Causeway’s very name has been adopted from its creation myth. It is

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Holding up the Panels on the Roof: Neighborhoods Fighting Climate Change

By on February 3, 2016

By Stephanie Vega, assistant editor, The Fourth River   I live in an old house. A very old house, built in the 1880s, with a very old slate roof. It’s brittle and breaks easily. It’s difficult to maintain, expensive to