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Collecting soil sample in a bottomland wetland forest, Mississippi Valley.
January 18, 2017

Huckleberry Finn wouldn’t recognize today’s lower Mississippi River. Massive walls separate the river from low-lying lands along the...

Collecting soil carbon data in field, New South Wales
January 11, 2017

The hottest months. The snowiest winters. Catastrophic floods and droughts.

West Virginia Water Research Institute sample of Elk and Coal River sediment
January 04, 2017

Jennifer Weidhaas was teaching in West Virginia on January 9, 2014 when about 10,000 gallons of chemicals leaked into the Elk River. The concrete...

Drought tolerant wheat under portable rainout shelter
December 14, 2016

In many parts of the world, lack of sufficient water makes it difficult – or impossible – to grow...

Mural in Laramie, Wyoming, "Growth."
December 07, 2016

The Earth’s critical zone isn’t called critical for nothing. Known as our planet’s outer skin, it is essential for human...

Corn rows in Minnesota test plot
November 30, 2016

Corn farmers in Minnesota and across the northern Corn Belt often must plant in cold, damp spring soils that can slow early season growth. This...

Blue dye shows water flow in soil
November 23, 2016

Soil isn’t one size fits all. It may look the same under your feet – but under a microscope, that’s a different story. A plant...

Coffee and macadamia intercropping in Brazil
November 16, 2016

Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee a day. Where does all of that coffee come from? Brazil is the world’s largest producer and...

X-ray fluorescence device in use
November 02, 2016

Name a current environmental challenge. Global climate change? Loss of endangered species? What about soil contamination?

Soil pollution...

Ken Paddock in forage field, Freeville, NY
October 26, 2016

We have it easier than cows. When we want to know how much fat, sodium, or carbohydrates are in the food we are eating, we can usually check the...