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Way to go Isaac
News Item from Mars
Modeling Floods That Formed Canyons on Earth and Mars
Geomorphologists who study Earth's surface features and the processes that formed them have long been interested in how floods, in particular catastrophic outbursts that occur when a glacial lake ice dam bursts, for example, can change a planet's surface, not only on Earth but on Mars.
Image: A new model of canyon-forming floods from UMass Amherst and CalTech researchers suggests that deep canyons can be formed in bedrock by significantly less water than previously thought.
UMass Amherst/Isaac Larsen
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We had an open house in Morrill yesterday to display the new (to us) Hydrogeology Research Laboratory. A great turnout including visits from the Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Provost. Thanks to Julie Brigham-Grette for making this happen and the new occupants of the lab for helping with demonstrations and making the space shine. David Boutt
September 19, 2016 Contact: Janet Lathrop 413/545-0444 AMHERST, Mass. – The current severe drought in parts of New England is notable, says University of Massachusetts Amherst hydrologist David Boutt, but not extreme in historical terms and nowhere near the depth of dry conditions observed in the ac...
Entrancing Infrared GIFs Show Where Groundwater Burbles to the Surface
Scientists are using infrared scanners to figure out where groundwater sources burble into the surface supply.
Collaborative work highlighted here
USGS Recognizes Protect Your Groundwater Day.
Chile’s Salar de Atacama gets most of its water from outside its watershed, according to a study led by University of Massachusetts scientists.
Nice coverage from AGU
The water and solute sources that gave rise to the more than 1800 square kilometers of salt evaporite that have accumulated since the late Miocene in the Salar de Atacama are not yet fully understood. In a recent paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, Corenthal et al observed that recharge from within the topographic watershed does not fully account for the sodium and water necessary to balance the Salar de Atacama's hydrologic budget. This finding that water originating outside of the topographic watershed is more integral to halite accumulation in the Salar de Atacama than previously thought could have important implications for sustainable water management in the area. To read their full findings, visit: http://ow.ly/7HzU302Rn2f.
Photo shows halite accumulation in the Salar de Atacama, which is the largest salt flat in Chile. Photo Credit: Octavio Piste (via http://ow.ly/aJnm302RnbE, CC BY 2.0) #AGUPubs
Science 360 picked this up as well
A recent research report about one of the largest lithium brine and salt deposits in the world in Chile’s Atacama Desert by geoscientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first to show that water and solutes flowing into the basin originate from a much larger than expected p...
A recent research report about one of the largest lithium brine and salt deposits in the world in Chile's Atacama Desert by geoscientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first to show that water and solutes flowing into the basin originate from a much larger than expected portion...
Check out the new Hydrogeology Field Laboratory space in Morrill II 127! We now have room for extended soil/sediment/rock testing equipment plus extended benches for sample preparation and teaching. Come visit!
Regional groundwater flow and accumulation of a massive evaporite deposit at the margin of the Chilean Altiplano - Corenthal - 2016 - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library
New Research recently accepted in GRL from the group. Congratulations Lilly on getting this out!
Thermal infrared video details multiscale groundwater discharge to surface water through macropores
Briggs, M. A., Hare, D. K., Boutt, D. F., Davenport, G., and Lane, J. W. (2016) Thermal infrared video details multiscale groundwater discharge to surface water through macropores and peat pipes. Hydrol. Process., doi: 10.1002/hyp.10722.
Daily Dam Releases on Massachusetts’ Deerfield River Reduce Downstream Flows | Office of News &...
UMass Amherst study shows ‘hydropeaking’ can reduce downstream river flows March 31, 2015 Contact: Janet Lathrop 413/545-0444 Hydropeaking can make river water available to transpiring trees on lower terraces (panels B, D), whereas those along unmanaged streams are hydraulically disconnected from th…
Living Observatory at Tidmarsh
Congratulations to our collaborator at #TidmarshFarms Danielle Hare on two counts: her marriage to Martin Briggs on March 21st and on the official acceptance of Danielle's Master's thesis "Hydrogeological control on spatial patterns of groundwater seepage in peatlands" (MS #1161). The thesis is now available here http://scholarworks.umass.edu/masters_theses_2/152/.
Way to go Danielle!
IAH Atlantic Canada Online Seminar Series
Episode 1 – David Boutt on Climate and Hydrology Changes in the Northeast US
In this presentation, Dave analyzes long-term records of ground water levels in the Northeastern United States, to decipher regional-scale ground water – surface water interactions. The rich dataset contains a story of large droughts, climate connections, and significant changes in ground water storage.
David is an associate professor of Hydrogeology in the Department of Geosciences of University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His research focuses on physical hydrology and he incorporates hydrogeological information to gain a more detailed understanding of hydrologic budgets.
This is "David Boutt on Climate and Hydrology Changes in the Northeast US" by Mark King on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
Congrats to Brian Yellen on his recent paper published in Hydrological Processes. Find it here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.10438/abstract
Yellen B. and Boutt D. F. (2015) Hydropeaking induces losses from a river reach: observations at multiple spatial scales, Hydrol. Process., doi: 10.1002/hyp.10438.
SDA Jan 2015
Congratulations to Brian Yellen who successfully defended his MS thesis in Hydrogeology at UMass last week!
Congratulations to Liam Bevan, MS Student in the group who won the best paper award at the 2011 MA Water Resources Research Conference. Way to go Liam!
WE'RE FAMOUS! Dave Boutt's Field Methods class was filmed by channel 40 as they measured the impact of recent pump testing on the Amherst water supply. http://www.wggb.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?ClipID1=4617689&h1=UMass%20Pump%20Things%20Up%20in%20Amherst&vt1=v&at1=News&d1=40866&LaunchPageAdTag=News&activePane=info&rnd=90474166
Hydro Seminar will be meeting at 8am on Wednesday!
If your signed up for the Hydrogeology seminar don't forget to stop in MorriLl 161 at noon today to sign up for times to meet. FREE PIZZA!
Interested in Hydrogeology? Sign-up on Spire for Geo-Sci 587 Hydrogeology which will meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:15-12:05 with lab meeting on Wednesday from 2:30-5:30. Also, Geo-Sci 787 Hydrogeology Seminar will meet this semester and the time will be discussed the first Friday of the semester at noon over pizza!
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