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UA Awarded $4.35 Million to Study Earth's Critical Zone


September 23, 2009

The Valle Grande The zone from the treetops to the bottom of the groundwater table has been dubbed the "Critical Zone" because of its key role in processing and cycling water, carbon and nutrients necessary for life. A $4.35 million NSF grant to the University of Arizona will allow researchers to study how the zone's components interact. The research will be conducted in mountains outside Tucson, Ariz., and in the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, N.M. Full Story

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