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Volume 5, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 841–860, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-841-2017
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Earth Surf. Dynam., 5, 841–860, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-5-841-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 18 Dec 2017

Research article | 18 Dec 2017

Designing a network of critical zone observatories to explore the living skin of the terrestrial Earth

Susan L. Brantley et al.

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The layer known as the critical zone extends from the tree tops to the groundwater. This zone varies globally as a function of land use, climate, and geology. Energy and materials input from the land surface downward impact the subsurface landscape of water, gas, weathered material, and biota – at the same time that differences at depth also impact the superficial landscape. Scientists are designing observatories to understand the critical zone and how it will evolve in the future.
The layer known as the critical zone extends from the tree tops to the groundwater. This zone...
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