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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...

Dick Arnold
July 17, 2014

Dick Arnold has lots of stories to tell. All of them are interesting. He’s taught at a prestigious university and led a major division of a...

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...

soil judging team
June 17, 2014

In the United States alone, thousands of soil scientists use the skill of “soil judging” in their daily jobs. They look at and feel...

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—...