Category Archives: Soil

An interesting relationship: soil temperature and climate change

It seems common place that warmer air temperature leads to warmer soil temperature. And while this relationship seems intuitive, the effect isn’t always studied, especially with respect to the response from microorganisms. That is why researchers are investigating what happens … Continue reading

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Climate concerns for Oman – how soils and hydrology can work together

Oman, a country known for its environmental conservation, pollution control and maintenance of ecological balance, is facing many environmental problems related to changing climate.  Some of these include increased salinity of soil and water in the coastal plains, water scarcity, … Continue reading

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Puddles and the GLOBE inquiry model

As the last (I promise!) blog on the Missouri puddle, I describe the informal puddle investigation in terms of the GLOBE Inquiry Model. The GLOBE Inquiry Model is a simple way to describe how scientists investigate questions. It’s easier to … Continue reading

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Puddles and Soil Temperature, Part 4: Cool soil in the summertime

During the summer, abundant sunshine during the long days heats up the ground near the surface. I’ve seen surface temperatures on dry ground up to 50°C in the south-central Great Plains of the United States. If you’ve dug a hole … Continue reading

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Puddles and Soil Temperature. Part 3. Why didn’t the puddle freeze?

Based on the last two blogs, the evidence seems strong that the puddle was being fed by liquid water coming from underground springs. A colleague of mine, Kristina Katsaros, pointed out that even a spring-fed puddle might have frozen under … Continue reading

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