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The success of Nebraska depends on the success of agriculture, which is why the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources remains steadfast in its efforts to support and strengthen the industry.

Water sustainability starts with water stewardship

The success of Nebraska depends on the success of agriculture, which is why the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources remains steadfast in its efforts to support and strengthen the industry.  (12/13/2018)
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Lack of varied seasons and temperatures in tropical mountains have led to species that are highly adapted to narrow niches, but also to ones more vulnerable to rapid climate changes. SNR

Study reveals why tropical mountains are so biodiverse

Lack of varied seasons and temperatures in tropical mountains have led to species that are highly adapted to narrow niches, but also to ones more vulnerable to rapid climate changes. SNR's Steven Thomas contributes to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  (11/20/2018)
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New research published this week in Current Biology shows that the oldest of the tested large, cone-shaped mounds dotting the surface of the Earth in northeastern Brazil are 4,000 years old. And they know that because of work Dr. Paul Hanson did to age-date the soil grains.

UNL’s role in dating 4,000-year-old termite mounds in Brazil

New research published this week in Current Biology shows that the oldest of the tested large, cone-shaped mounds dotting the surface of the Earth in northeastern Brazil are 4,000 years old. And they know that because of work Dr. Paul Hanson did to age-date the soil grains.  (11/20/2018)
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By sampling groundwater and determining its age, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers hope to determine whether predictions for groundwater discharge rates and contamination removal in watersheds are accurate.

Husker-led team aims to answer how old groundwater is

By sampling groundwater and determining its age, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers hope to determine whether predictions for groundwater discharge rates and contamination removal in watersheds are accurate.  (9/26/2018)
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The work of Troy Gilmore and fellow Husker researchers could help refine groundwater estimates and identify the regions most in need of better monitoring.

Need a refill? New approach streamlines estimation of groundwater recharge

The work of Troy Gilmore and fellow Husker researchers could help refine groundwater estimates and identify the regions most in need of better monitoring. (9/24/2018)
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Sharks! Mosasaurs! Plesiosaurs! Oh my!

Sharks once roamed Nebraska's ancient seas

Sharks! Mosasaurs! Plesiosaurs! Oh my! (7/22/2018)
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Using Google Earth imagery, Matt Joeckel and Les Howard of the Conservation and Survey Division at the School of Natural Resources discovered an unusual natural patterning of the land surface, called gilgai, for the first time in Nebraska.

Unusual land-surface patterning identified in Nebraska for first time

Using Google Earth imagery, Matt Joeckel and Les Howard of the Conservation and Survey Division at the School of Natural Resources discovered an unusual natural patterning of the land surface, called gilgai, for the first time in Nebraska. (5/1/2018)
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Unlike news reports coming out of Colorado and Kansas, Nebraska is not in danger of running out of groundwater from the High Plains Aquifer anytime soon. But the levels still are on average below pre-pumping water levels, according to the newest Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report.

Nebraska sees modest groundwater decline

Unlike news reports coming out of Colorado and Kansas, Nebraska is not in danger of running out of groundwater from the High Plains Aquifer anytime soon. But the levels still are on average below pre-pumping water levels, according to the newest Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report. (3/13/2018)
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Joe Szilagyi has shown widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, a finding that could have worldwide water conservation implications if substantiated by further research.

Research shows large-scale irrigation reduces local precipitation

Joe Szilagyi has shown widespread irrigation has resulted in a net moisture loss in Nebraska, a finding that could have worldwide water conservation implications if substantiated by further research. (2/27/2018)
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