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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...

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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


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


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


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


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


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


What is the Boulder Creek CZO?

An illustrated introduction to the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory! By Dr. Justin Richardson and Dr. Suzanne Anderson. Illustrated by...

Justin Richardson


What is the Susquehanna-Shale Hills CZO?

An illlustrated introduction to the Susquehanna-Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory! By Justin Richardson and Jennifer Z Williams. Illustrated...

Justin Richardson


What is the Santa Catalina-Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory?

An illlustrated introduction to the Santa Catalina-Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory! By Justin Richardson and Jon Chorover....

Justin Richardson


What can the watershed approach tell us about the Critical Zone?

What can the watershed approach tell us about the Critical Zone? Creating a new tool is a defining moment in science. In astronomy, the...

Justin Richardson


What is the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory?

An illlustrated introduction to the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory! By Justin Richardson and Kathleen Lohse. Illustrated by Mathew...

Justin Richardson


How does bedrock influence Critical Zone depth?

Many of us are content with considering the cement and asphalt that blanket our sidewalks and roadways as solid earth, our terra firma. However, the...

Justin Richardson


What is happening to coastal groundwater?

What is happening to coastal groundwater? By: Xuan Yu and Justin Richardson As a Delawarean, it is nearly tradition for friends and colleagues...


How do people manage carbon in soil?

Climate change. These two words illicit many feelings. Those in low lying areas dotted around the world’s oceans fear future sea level rising....

Justin Richardson


What is the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory?

An illlustrated introduction to the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory! By Justin Richardson and Dan Richter. Illustrated by Alana McGillis...

Justin Richardson


What is leaching?

Water does work. It physically wears down towering mountains to stumpy hills through erosion. The movement of water provides a constant flow that...

Justin Richardson


Why should anyone care about feldspars?

Natural faces and cut-polished facets of illustrious minerals shine with captivating opulence. These are commonly the minerals humans have touted as...

Justin Richardson


Opening up to your readers – sharing data wealth to make better science

Why model and with what data? It has been stated that the pen is mightier than the sword. This adage has proven true for centuries as we moved from...


How does fire change a forest?

Article by Nicholas Dove (Southern Sierra CZO) and Justin Richardson (National Office) There is an idiom that states someone too involved in the...

Nicholas Dove


Where do trees get their water?

Maintaining moisture is a daily challenge for plants that live on land. Unlike animals, plants do not have the capability to run to the nearest...

Justin Richardson


How deep can water enter bedrock?

Bedrock is an unsung hero; it provides essential support for buildings and roads and produces gorgeous landscape features, like mountains and...

Justin Richardson


Salmonids in Northern California Rivers, to be or not to be?

Although not as fuzzy as the now extinct California Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos californicus), salmonids (fish of the salmonidae family like salmon...

Justin Richardson


Why do soils look so different?

To celebrate the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2015 International Year of Soils, we are going to explore the question: why do soils look...

Justin Richardson


Welcome to a new adventure

Welcome to Adventures in the Critical Zone! The goal of this blog is to share what researchers at the Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) and...

Justin Richardson


Adventures in the Critical Zone

Justin Richardson and his guests answer questions about the Critical Zone, synthesize CZ research, and meet folks working at the CZ observatories


Justin B. Richardson

CZO INVESTIGATOR, PostDoc, STAFF. National Office Post-Doctoral Fellow. Speciality: Soil biogeochemistry of plant-essential and toxic metals.

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