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16 March 2018

Happy birthday plate tectonics!

As we’ve firmly moved into 2018, we can say happy 50th birthday to one of the most revolutionary scientific theories of the last century: plate tectonics. Here we discuss the birth of plate tectonics and what it means for hydrogeology.

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6 March 2018

Crowdfunding Science: What worked and what didn’t, who pledged and how did we reach them?

During March of 2017, myself and a group of students supervised by Dr. Jodie Miller of Stellenbosch University’s Earth Science department (South Africa) completed a 5-week long crowdfunding campaign. The Campaign raised R149 899.00 (€9800) from 120 backers that were both local and international.

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2 March 2018

A cool new collectible: Water

Post by Matt Herod, Waste and Decommissioning Project Officer for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, and Adjunct Professor in Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa, Canada. _______________________________________________ I have always been a mineral and fossil collector. It was a hobby that stuck and blossomed into a career. I still collect minerals and fossils, although I’ve now added rocks from my field sites to the collection. One …

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19 February 2018

From groundwater flow to groundwater glow: why does groundwater fluoresce in ultraviolet light?

…if we shine ultraviolet light at groundwater samples, then they fluoresce due to the presence of organic molecules that are often present. Unfortunately, we can’t see any of this fluorescence with our eyes, as it is emitted in the middle- and long-range ultraviolet, so we must use detectors that can ‘see’ at these wavelengths.

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5 January 2018

A Tanzanian groundwater safari through the last 2 million years

Watching our backs in case of predators, we ventured out of the safety of our Land Rover for Gail to sample the lake water, as salt blew in drifts around us off the desiccated edges of the lake bed…

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21 December 2017

Want to contribute to IAHS’ discussion about 23 unsolved problems in hydrology?

Video: Inspired by the famous list of unsolved math problems (hence the header image), the International Association of Hydrological Sciences has an interesting challenge for us all: define 23 unsolved problems in hydrology.

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15 December 2017

On the social responsibility of water scientists

Should we feel a moral obligation to engage, if our work has real implications on society?

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12 December 2017

An alternate career path for Groundwater Science-Engineering PhDs

Post by Jim Roy, Research Scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada. _______________________________________________ A recent editorial in Nature highlighted the relative scarcity of academic positions available to graduating PhD students (Many junior scientists need to take a hard look at their job prospects; 25 October, 2017). It notes that “it has been evident for years that international science is training many more PhD students than the academic system can support”. Firm …

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28 November 2017

Hydraulic fracturing close to groundwater wells

By Scott Jasechko and Debra Perrone _______________________________________________ In December, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a report [Ref. 1] on hydraulic fracturing and drinking water resources that, among other conclusions, states: (a) Quote from [Ref. 1]: “scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances” (b) Quote from [Ref. 1]: “When hydraulically fractured oil and gas production wells are located near or within drinking water resources, there is …

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9 November 2017

Community advice to young hydrologists, Part 1

What book or paper has been most influential to your career and why?

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30 October 2017

Where does the water in streams come from when it rains?

If you don’t see the connection between streamflow and underground water, you need to keep reading.

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13 October 2017

Groundwater organic matter: carbon source or sink?

Could groundwater be a previously unrecognised source or sink of carbon?

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8 October 2017

Video: Why and how I communicate on social and traditional media, and some mistakes I made along the way…

Video: How my water research made the news…

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28 September 2017

Western water wells are going dry

We recently mapped groundwater wells across the 17 western states [1], where half of US groundwater pumping takes place.

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23 September 2017

Everything is connected

In recent years the human dimension of hydrology has become increasingly important.

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8 September 2017

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Ag Programs Under Review

The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has received a two-year $750,000 grant to evaluate the effectiveness of money spent on farm conservation programs by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). In addition to the GLC, Ohio State University and Michigan State University will play a role in the evaluation process. Earlier this year, the Trump Administration proposed to end funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and National Sea Grant programs. …

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27 August 2017

Crowdfunding Science: A personal journey toward a public campaign

I went from a BSc (Hons) student, who was not considering continuing my postgraduate studies at all, to someone who is passionate about water resource research and continuing my postgraduate career. This is apparently common amongst postgraduate students in science…

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17 July 2017

Good groundwater management makes for good neighbors

Post by Samuel Zipper, postdoctoral fellow at both McGill University and the University of Victoria, in Canada. You can follow Sam on Twitter at @ZipperSam. ___________________________________________________________ Dedicated Water Underground readers know that this blog is not just about water science, but also some of the more cultural impacts of groundwater. Keeping in that tradition, today’s post begins with a joke*: Knock, knock! Who’s there? Your neighbor Your neighbor who? Your neighbor’s groundwater, …

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26 June 2017

What is the difference between ‘water withdrawal’ and ‘water consumption’, and why do we need to know?

Last week I had to teach my first class in global hydrology. When I showed the global trend on increasing demands and withdrawals I needed to explain the different terms as sometimes the term “water use” gets, well, misused.

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10 June 2017

Is highway de-icing ‘a-salting’ our aquifers?

If you live in a cold climate, have you ever wondered where all the de-icing salt (or ‘grit’ as we call it in the UK) that gets spread on the roads in winter time ends up, aside from that accumulating salty grime that coats your car? As you might expect, most of the salt gets washed off the highways as the salt has the desired effect of melting the ice, or carried away by rain. This salty ‘runoff’ ends up in streams nearby via pipes which drain the highway.

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