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From the quality of the air we breathe, to the weather, to the climate we depend on, this complex system still holds many mysteries for scientists. But thanks to cutting edge technology, researchers in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate are getting new perspectives on what’s happening in Earth’s atmosphere.

Soil surrounds us, lying just under our feet, but there is still much we don’t know about the living soil. Soil contains billions of living organisms, from worms and insects to microscopic fungi and bacteria. It’s one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. This “living” soil plays a vital part in our ecosystems and food production and students and researchers here at the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate and seeking to understand and leverage the power of healthy soil.

How Soil Unites Us

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Watch the video of Assistant Professor Nic Jelinski explaining how soil unites us all. 

100 Years of Stories

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The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate celebrated a centennial in 2013. With a rich history, our alumni and emeritus faculty have a wealth of stories. From beginnings in soil science to cutting edge science in climate change and water issues, the past helps inform our future. 

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