Environment


September 08, 2014

The increasing scale of farming operations and use of agricultural machinery worldwide has caused an unusual problem—soil compaction. It...

group standing in field
August 28, 2014

Water drips out of almost every facet — and faucet — of Texas. With the state ranking in the top three for groundwater use, it is...

soil on maple tree branches
August 19, 2014

When you tell people to look at the soil around them, most will look down toward their feet. But in some forests, it would also be appropriate to...

Pyramid Lake
August 12, 2014

The catching of a fish doesn’t normally make headlines in the New York Times. But that’s just what happened when an angler...

view of a legacy mine
July 29, 2014

What happens to the soil in a strip-mined coal site after all the coal is gone? Due to processes put in place in the 1970’s, what were...

Field of irrigated alfalfa
July 17, 2014

How quickly a lake fills after water is drawn for irrigation or drinking is easily measured, but that’s not true for underground water...

Researcher standing in flooded forest
July 07, 2014

Already cherished as wildlife habitat, red oak bottomlands in the Mississippi River floodplain may offer another benefit to the environment and to...

researchers sampling forest floor
June 26, 2014

Beginning in the 1920s, lead was added to gasoline to improve vehicle performance. As automobile technology improved and the environmental and...

central valley from the air
June 06, 2014

Nitrogen gas makes up 80% of the air we breathe. Although nitrogen is an inert gas—it doesn’t react easily with other elements—...

outcrop following Hurricane Sandy
May 27, 2014

In Rhode Island, it was a day of 60 mile-per-hour northeasterly winds. The south shore of the state was battered, beaches were eroded, and coastal...