Benton County shows the contrast between the Cedar and Iowa River valleys. The Cedar has numerous dunes (black lines) coming out of the valley while the Iowa largely lacks these features.

The Borderlands

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Iowa’s landscape has been reshaped throughout geologic history, most recently due to the advancement of continental ice sheets. Since the ice retreated, the landscape has undergone fluvial incision and the glacial deposits have experienced weathering and soil development.
Jason Vogelgesang conducting an electromagnetic terrain conductivity geophysical survey.

Iowa’s Vast Underground Wilderness

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Who hasn’t taken a trip to a national, international, or state park, wilderness area, beach, or local fishing hole looking to come back refreshed and rejuvenated? Natural areas are vital for our health, providing cognitive and physical benefits.
Map showing average annual recharge in Iowa based on baseflow measured at 132 stream

Groundwater Recharge and Drought

Monday, August 23, 2021
Clearly, drought is an issue that affects all Iowans and understanding the consequences of drought on groundwater recharge will be important during an uncertain climate future.