Culture & Technology


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...

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...

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...

Salt crystals on treated soil surface vs. untreated brine-contaminated soil
September 28, 2016

North Dakota's oil boom can have a salty side-effect. Wastewater from oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is...

August 09, 2016

Here’s a new way to communicate with today’s college students: “Tomorrow we begin #turf fertility for my ‘Lawns 101 class...

Arduino data logger in Costa Rica
July 27, 2016

Communities around the world are familiar with the devastation brought on by floods and droughts. Scientists are concerned that, in light of...

Installation of bioreactor
July 13, 2016

Water quality scientist Laura Christianson is working on a solution to the “dead zone”—an area with dangerously low levels of...