Here we explore the Critical Zone that encompasses the lowermost groundwater to the atmosphere that meets the earth. Exchanges between rock, water, soil, and living things that are critical to our sustainability. To understand the importance of this zone to us, this blog will focus on Critical Zone processes in Springfield, Ohio, our home.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Here are the students (Shirley, Emilie, Zach, Andrew, Stefan, Evan) who blogged so diligently about their insights into the Critical Zone. Last Friday they presented their posters describing their work in the Municipal Stadium Wetlands, Springfield, Ohio. This launches future community research projects by Critical Zone students. In their final presentation they described how local sites are ideal for ongoing student monitoring for scientific and learning reasons. They also suggested ways that we could further integrate the course into the community. (Zach suggested an afterschool science club exploration of the the Critical Zone mentored by undergraduates at Wittenberg). The research questions that remain to answer are still as simple as trying to understand the controls of biogeochemical change. What does this mean? We have a lot of exciting work ahead of us!