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Press Release 14-008

NSF awards grants for four new critical zone observatories to study Earth surface processes

Sites are in Southeast Piedmont; Southwest Idaho; Northern California; and Illinois-Iowa-Minnesota

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illustration showing mountains, river, forest, earth and a satelite

NSF has awarded grants for four new Critical Zone Observatories, bringing the network to ten sites.

Credit: NSF


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illustration showing earth layers and vegetation sectioned out of a landscape

Scientists at the Critical Zone Observatories study Earth's surface: Where rock meets life.

Credit: NSF


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Northern California's Eel River surrounded by trees

Northern California's Eel River is one of the new CZO sites.

Credit: Lobsang Wangdu, UCNRS


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Trees and hills at the Reynolds Creek in southwest Idaho.

An October view of the Reynolds Creek CZO site in southwest Idaho.

Credit: USDA


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aerial view of the Intensively Managed Landscapes CZO site in Illinois-Iowa-Minnesota

The Intensively Managed Landscapes CZO site in Illinois-Iowa-Minnesota: much land-use change.

Credit: Praveen Kumar


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watershed research site at the Calhoun CZO in the Southeast Piedmont.

A soon-to-be-upgraded watershed research site at the Calhoun CZO in the Southeast Piedmont.

Credit: Jason Jackson, USDA


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