Where is my future?

Where is my future?

As a kid I never expected to see the year 2000. Especially just before the end of the Cold War, when it seemed like the stalemate with the U.S.S.R. would continue for millennia, and knowing that the missile base just miles from our house was a prime target for a...
Glossary

Glossary

A Acre – 43,560ft2 Acre-foot – (Acre-ft, AF, AC-FT) The volume of water that would cover one acre of land (43,560 square feet, about the size of an average football field) to a depth of one foot, equivalent to 325,851 gallons of water. An acre-foot is the...
In Search of a Better Scraper

In Search of a Better Scraper

One of my main pedological field tools (pedology is the science of dirt), other than my trusty shovel, is the “scraper.”  The search for the perfect scraper is the focus of all my gear-hunting efforts.  The scraper is used when looking at a soil profile to get a...
Tips for Taking Field Notes

Tips for Taking Field Notes

While digital cameras have helped to improve our ability to capture a site visually, photos cannot provide a record of experience.  You cannot determine the smell of a sub-alpine forest from a photo.  The feel of the wind or the temperature of a certain day cannot be...