Flows of Water on Mars?|
March 6, 2014 | NASA
“NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars have returned clues for understanding seasonal features that are the strongest indication of possible liquid water that may exist today on the Red Planet.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
Related: Rocks on Mars
NASA Responds to California Drought|
March 4, 2014 | NASA
“The severity of California’s current drought is illustrated in these images of Folsom Lake, a reservoir in Northern California located 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento.” Quoted from the NASA image release.
Image Credit: California Department of Water Resources
Data for the California Drought from the Grace Satellite
February 11, 2014 | National Geographic
A national geographic article explains how data from NASA’s Grace satellite has been useful for understanding the California drought.
February 11, 2014 | National Geographic
National Geographic has an article reporting that urine is just 1 percent of domestic waste water, but it contains 80 percent of the nitrogen and 55 percent of the phosphorus. Methods of separating it from the waste stream and utilizing as a resource rather than a waste might be possible.
California Communities Cut off from their Primary Water Source?|
February 4, 2014 | San Jose Mercury News
An article on the San Jose Mercury News website explains how the California State Water Project does not expect to deliver any water this year because of the severe drought. This leaves numerous communities and agricultural areas, some of which normally receive most of their water from the project, left only with local supplies.
Volume of Wastewater Per MCF|
February 2, 2014 | Platts.com
Wells producing natural gas from the Marcellus Shale are producing only about 1/3 the amount of wastewater per unit of natural gas produced as conventional natural gas wells.
Popular for January 2013|
February 2, 2014 | Geology.com
The Polar Vortex
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Big Rare Earth Find in North Korea?
Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale of Ohio
Big Blue Diamond Found in South Africa
Ice Quake in Wisconsin?
Wow! The Best Snowflake Photos
Why Was It So Cold Last Week?
Estimating Stream Discharge in Winter|
January 30, 2014 | USA.gov
“USGS hydrologic technician Bob Reaves collects streamflow measurements from the cableway at the USGS streamgage on the Snake River near Moran, WY.” Quoted from the USA.gov blog.
Evapotranspiration Measured from Space|
January 28, 2014 | NASA Earth Observatory
NASA’s Earth Observatory has an interesting image that demonstrates how they are able to measure geographic variations in evapotranspiration using satellite data. (Image of irrigated land from Idaho’s Snake River floodplain.
Drought in California|
January 21, 2014 | San Jose Mercury News
California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for his state. Reservoir levels are at extremely low levels and mountain snowpack is only 17% of normal.
Wow! The Best Snowflake Photos|
January 19, 2014 | Today.com
Today.com has a gallery of photographs of individual snowflakes. The are great photographs of a variety of excellent and interesting flakes. Check them out.
Related: How Do Snowflakes Form?
The Greenland Ice Sheet Holds an Unusual Aquifer|
January 1, 2014 | The University of Utah
“Researchers have discovered a new aquifer in the Greenland Ice Sheet that holds liquid water all year long in the otherwise perpetually frozen winter landscape. [...] The reservoir is known as a “perennial firn aquifer” because water persists within the firn – layers of snow and ice that don’t melt for at least one season.” Quoted from The University of Utah press release.
Watershed Decisions Activity Board and Components
Penn State Image
December 30, 2013 | Penn State
“Watershed Decisions” is a hands-on, inquiry based activity from Penn State that helps older youth and adults learn about water quality issues surrounding small watersheds. Designed for use in classrooms, educational programs, youth groups, municipalities, watershed associations and other groups.
Plastic MicroBeads in the Great Lakes?|
December 19, 2013 | New York Times
Tiny plastic beads are added to facial scrubs, toothpaste and other products to improve their abrasive properties. Now those beads are being found in large numbers in the waters of the Great Lakes.
Snow Mapping for Water Managers|
December 10, 2013 | NASA
“Unprecedented snowpack maps from NASA’s prototype Airborne Snow Observatory mission helped water managers for 2.6 million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area achieve near-perfect water operations this summer, despite the driest year in California’s recorded history.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
Ancient Lake in the Gale Crater on Mars?|
December 10, 2013 | NASA
“This illustration depicts a concept for the possible extent of an ancient lake inside Gale Crater. The existence of a lake there billions of years ago was confirmed from examination of mudstone in the crater’s Yellowknife Bay area.”
Water Resources of Lafourche Parish Louisiana|
December 8, 2013 | United States Geological Survey
“This fact sheet presents a brief overview of groundwater and surface-water resources in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Information on the availability, past and current use trends, and water quality from groundwater and surface-water sources in the parish is discussed.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
The Importance of Streams to Drinking Water|
December 5, 2013 | EPA
Did you know that approximately 117 million people – over one-third of the total U.S. population – get some or all of their drinking water from public systems that rely in part on headwater, seasonal or rain-dependent streams?
Courthouse to Stream in an Open Loop Geothermal System|
November 21, 2013 | The Martinsburg Journal News
The court house at Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, West Virginia has an unusual geothermal system. It removes water from a local stream, pumps that water through a heat-exchange system and returns the water to the stream. Open-loop systems connected to a stream are rare.
Ancient Seawater Under Chesapeake Bay?|
November 14, 2013 | USGS
“USGS scientists have determined that high-salinity groundwater found more than 1,000 meters (0.6 mi.) deep under the Chesapeake Bay is actually remnant water from the Early Cretaceous North Atlantic Sea and is probably 100-145 million years old. This is the oldest sizeable body of seawater to be identified worldwide.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Recycling Hydraulic Fracturing Water|
November 13, 2013 | FuelFix.com
The Texas drought caused many drillers to reevaluate their sources of water. Many of them are now processing their water to remove dissolved and suspended materials and reusing it to fracture their next well.
Slow Moving Groundwater Delays Water Quality Actions|
November 13, 2013 | USGS
New research by the USGS indicates it may take several decades for many water-quality management practices aimed at reducing nitrogen input to Chesapeake Bay to achieve their full benefit due to the influence of groundwater.
How Trees Defy Gravity|
November 12, 2013 | Veritasium on YouTube
How can water be transported from the ground to the leaves at the top of a 100-meter-tall-tree?
Glen Canyon Dam High Flow Next Week|
November 6, 2013 | Arizona Daily Sun
On Monday, the Glen Canyon Dam is scheduled to start releasing up to 37,200 cubic feet of water per second – that is an Olympic-sized swimming pool worth of water into the Colorado River every two minutes. The goal is to imitate a natural flood that will deliver sand to beaches and refresh river habitats.
November 5, 2013 | iConservePA
A quick video review of ground water in Pennsylvania.