Articles from June 2023

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Groundwater Quantity Challenges for Iowa's Unconfined Aquifers

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Iowa relies on groundwater, especially unconfined aquifers, for drinking water and agriculture. Climate change affects recharge and sustainability. Alluvial aquifers face risks from drought and demand. Strategies like floodplain features and better pumping management enhance sustainability.
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Timing of the Des Moines Lobe

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Central Iowa was glaciated by the Des Moines Lobe, which advanced quickly and lacked features like drumlins, eskers, and kames. Scientists determine the timing of ice advance by radiocarbon dating organic materials in glacial sediment. The calibrated ages show that the Des Moines Lobe reached Des Moines around 15,700 to 16,000 years ago and advanced rapidly at a rate of 1-2 km per year.