The Science of Sustainability

Geology

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

SkyTEM Aquifer Mapping

Watch how geologists are using SkyTEM, a flying high-tech rig, to detect and map underground fresh water reserves.

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Coal Ash Conundrum

Coal Ash Conundrum

What happens when 39,000 tons of coal ash spill into a river?

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Out of Sight, Out of Mine

Out of Sight, Out of Mine

Many Midwestern mines ceased operation long ago, but surrounding land and streams still feel their toxic effects.

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“Elephants and Tigers” Beneath Our Feet: Q&A with Soil Scientist Diana Wall

“Elephants and Tigers” Beneath Our Feet: Q&A with Soil Scientist Diana Wall

Find out how biodiversity below ground influences life above ground.

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How Were Fossil Fuels Formed?

How Were Fossil Fuels Formed?

In this activity you will learn more about how one fossil fuel — shale gas — formed thousands of feet beneath certain parts of the United States.

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Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Learn more about claims that hydraulic fracturing helps people.

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What Are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves?

What Are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves?

Learn about the concerns some people have about the practice of fracking.

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After the Frack

After the Frack

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process of extracting natural gas that creates large amounts of contaminated wastewater. QUEST travels to Ohio to investigate how this wastewater is produced and the controversy over how to safely dispose of it.

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From Trash to Cash: Old Landfills Yield New Opportunities

From Trash to Cash: Old Landfills Yield New Opportunities

As resources become more expensive, America may start mining its landfills for raw materials.

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Geological Side Trips from Interstate 80: Through Folsom to Loomis

Geological Side Trips from Interstate 80: Through Folsom to Loomis

An hour of crowded freeway or a jaunt through granite, greenery and history? The choice is yours.

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Landslide at the Calaveras Reservoir

Landslide at the Calaveras Reservoir

The long-running dam replacement project must pause to deal with a sleeping monster.

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Gallegos Winery and the Hayward Fault

Gallegos Winery and the Hayward Fault

The new BART extension will bring riders to one of the best exposures of the Hayward fault.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Great Valley Rivers and Grasslands

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Great Valley Rivers and Grasslands

It takes a million years to make a land this big and flat. Take a few hours to experience it.

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A New "Rosetta Stone" Tropical Ice Core

A New "Rosetta Stone" Tropical Ice Core

The climate record from the Peruvian glacier Quelccaya is as near to perfect as we can get.

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How Flooding Fields Could Alleviate Water Supply Stress

How Flooding Fields Could Alleviate Water Supply Stress

A new approach to small-scale water "banking" could relieve stress on both the water supply and levees in California's San Joaquin Valley.

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The Rocks of Devil's Slide

The Rocks of Devil's Slide

Lovers of geology look forward to inspecting the roadcut along old Route 1 at Devil's Slide next year.

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Historic Devil's Slide Tunnels Finally About To Open

Historic Devil's Slide Tunnels Finally About To Open

It's been a long time coming. The first highway tunnels to open in California in nearly fifty years are about ready for motorists.

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Scientists Celebrate a Long-Dead Whale

Scientists Celebrate a Long-Dead Whale

Why is a rotting whale on the Antarctic seafloor exciting to geologists?

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The Ant-Driven Landscape

The Ant-Driven Landscape

Invasive ant species have powerful—and poorly known—effects on a region's soil.

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Still Mining Gold in the Golden State

Still Mining Gold in the Golden State

California is not yet finished producing the gold that made it wealthy and famous.

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