Increased permeability temporarily boosts water flow.
Mary Caperton Morton
Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer specializing in geophysics, hydrology, and mountaineering. Her book, Aerial Geology: A High Altitude Tour of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters and Peaks, was published by Timber Press in 2017. In her 13 years as a seasonally nomadic freelancer, she has hiked in all 50 states; climbed hundreds of mountains; and written for numerous publications including Eos, Earth, Science News, The Last Word on Nothing, and her blog, Travels with the Blonde Coyote. When she’s not at the keyboard, she’s outside, exploring the Sierras from her home base in the foothills of Sequoia National Forest in California.
Crystal Clocks Serve as Stopwatch for Magma Storage and Travel Times
Magma stored for 1,000 years in an Icelandic volcano journeyed to the surface in just 4 days.
Widespread Contamination Found in Northwest India’s Groundwater
Naturally occurring contaminants and human-made pollution in drinking water supply may be harmful to human health.
Huge Aquifer Imaged off the Atlantic Coast
Offshore aquifers may be a common feature along passive continental margins around the world.
The Toxic Legacy of DDT Lives On in Remote Canadian Lakes
DDT and its breakdown products permeate lake sediments decades after the pesticide was banned.
Far-Flung Dust Storms Deliver Nutrient Boosts to North Pacific
Barren marine deserts bloom seasonally with iron infusions from Asian dust storms.
Gulf Dead Zone Looms Large in 2019
A new forecast predicts widespread hypoxia after a wet Midwest spring.
A North Carolina Lake’s Long Legacy of Coal Ash Spills
A new case study suggests that Sutton Lake has been contaminated by multiple coal ash spills, most of them apparently unmonitored and unreported.
Banned CFC Emissions Tracked to Eastern China
A new study indicates that better atmospheric monitoring networks are needed to enforce the Montreal Protocol.
Ancient Water Underlies Arid Egypt
A hidden trove of groundwater is left over from the last ice age.