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News Release 18-010

Hidden “rock moisture” possible key to forest response to drought

Underground rock reservoirs can hold significant amounts of water

Forest mountains with fall colors

Scientists have found underground water reservoirs that can mitigate drought effects.

Credit: Wikimedia/USFS


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Researchers drilling a borehole in forest

NSF Eel River CZO researchers drill a borehole to monitor forest groundwater.

Credit: William Dietrich


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scientists in forest

An Eel River CZO study site is covered with sensors to monitor water flow.

Credit: William Dietrich


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Tree roots in a forest.

Looking far beneath tree roots brought the discovery of a hidden "well" of water.

Credit: NSF Eel River Critical Zone Observatory


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Female scientist holds equipment that helps study water flow.

Scientist Daniella Rempe studies how water flow is linked with ecological and geophysical processes.

Credit: William Dietrich


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Two female researchers measuring water in bedrock.

Researchers at the Eel River CZO site study bedrock as a source of water during the dry season.

Credit: Daniella Rempe


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