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What is the Southern Sierra CZO?

An illustrated introduction to the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory! By Dr. Justin Richardson and Michelle Gilmore Illustrated by Alana...

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Modeling the Critical Zone

Models are everywhere in modern society. This is far beyond billboards advertising products and in plastic dioramas showing miniaturized versions of...

Justin Richardson
Adventures in the Critical Zone


What are clays and do they have a role in the Critical Zone?

There is a saying that big things come in small packages and few things fit this statement more than clays. Clays are important for many aspects of...

Justin Richardson
Adventures in the Critical Zone


Why do we care about suspended matter in water?

Water is essential to life. We all rely on it for our daily uses and keeps us hydrated. What we know about our water is that it either came from a...

Mathieu Le Meur
Adventures in the Critical Zone


Making the connection – from the classroom to the field

Making the connection – from the classroom to the field Connections are everything these days, whether it is chatting with family across the...

Jennifer Williams
Adventures in the Critical Zone


Can we see the Critical Zone breathe?

Watching the clouds fly past on a sunny summer day is not just a pleasant scene, they also show how dynamic our atmosphere is. We can see the clouds...

Justin Richardson
Adventures in the Critical Zone


What is the Intensively Managed Landscapes CZO?

An illustrated introduction to the Intensively Managed Landscapes (IML) Critical Zone Observatory! By Dr. Justin Richardson and Dr. Praveen Kumar...

Justin Richardson
Adventures in the Critical Zone


Seeing the subsurface with a sledgehammer instead of a shovel

Do you know where plants get water during the long summer months when the region has not had any rain or snow for weeks? Have you ever wondered how...

Brady Flinchum
Adventures in the Critical Zone


What is the Luquillo CZO?

An illustrated introduction to the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory! By Dr. Justin Richardson and Dr. Bill McDowell. Illustrated by Alana...

Justin Richardson
Adventures in the Critical Zone


Are all environments part of the Critical Zone?

Before we can consider what is or is not part of the Critical Zone, we have to ask ourselves: “What is the Critical Zone?” Dr. Gail...

Justin Richardson
Adventures in the Critical Zone


Who does Critical Zone science?

Who does Critical Zone science? Movies and TV shows lead us to believe that when discoveries are made, it is by a lone scientist, sitting in a...

Justin Richardson
Adventures in the Critical Zone


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