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Humans and the water cycle

Latest Research

  • Article |

    Only about 15% of water cycle diagrams include human interaction with water, although human freshwater appropriation amounts to about half of global river discharge, according to an analysis of 464 water cycle diagrams and a synthesis of the global water cycle.

    • Benjamin W. Abbott
    • , Kevin Bishop
    • , Jay P. Zarnetske
    • , Camille Minaudo
    • , F. S. Chapin III
    • , Stefan Krause
    • , David M. Hannah
    • , Lafe Conner
    • , David Ellison
    • , Sarah E. Godsey
    • , Stephen Plont
    • , Jean Marçais
    • , Tamara Kolbe
    • , Amanda Huebner
    • , Rebecca J. Frei
    • , Tyler Hampton
    • , Sen Gu
    • , Madeline Buhman
    • , Sayedeh Sara Sayedi
    • , Ovidiu Ursache
    • , Melissa Chapin
    • , Kathryn D. Henderson
    •  & Gilles Pinay
  • Article |

    Ahuna Mons dome on Ceres formed by extrusion of a mixture of brine and solids sourced from a muddy mantle plume, according to numerical modelling of slurry rheology and a gravity anomaly found by the Dawn mission.

    • Ottaviano Ruesch
    • , Antonio Genova
    • , Wladimir Neumann
    • , Lynnae C. Quick
    • , Julie C. Castillo-Rogez
    • , Carol A. Raymond
    • , Christopher T. Russell
    •  & Maria T. Zuber
  • Article |

    Mesosiderite meteorites may originate from a hit-and-run impact on the parent asteroid of eucrite meteorites (probably Vesta), as mesosiderite zircon U–Pb ages are found to coincide with those for eucrites.

    • Makiko K. Haba
    • , Jörn-Frederik Wotzlaw
    • , Yi-Jen Lai
    • , Akira Yamaguchi
    •  & Maria Schönbächler
  • Article |

    Banded iron formations could not have formed by postdepositional oxidation, according to four million hydrogeological box model iterations that failed to reproduce secondary oxidation on reasonable timescales.

    • Leslie J. Robbins
    • , Sean P. Funk
    • , Shannon L. Flynn
    • , Tyler J. Warchola
    • , Zhiquan Li
    • , Stefan V. Lalonde
    • , Benjamin J. Rostron
    • , Albertus J. B. Smith
    • , Nicolas J. Beukes
    • , Michiel O. de Kock
    • , Larry M. Heaman
    • , Daniel S. Alessi
    •  & Kurt O. Konhauser

News & Comment

  • Editorial |

    Between submission of your paper and its publication stands the peer-review process. Responding to reviewer comments effectively will help to make this stage an edifying rather than painful experience.

  • Editorial |

    Geohazards can be too dangerous to study directly but too deadly to ignore. For these types of events, data from physical experiments can plug gaps in both hazard models and understanding.

  • News & Views |

    The Toarcian oceanic anoxic event disrupted terrestrial ecosystems as well as the marine realm, according to analyses of microfossils derived from land plants. Changes in diversity and composition were initially more rapid in terrestrial ecosystems.

    • Luke Mander
    •  & Jennifer C. McElwain
  • News & Views |

    The Moon’s isotopic composition is uncannily similar to Earth’s. This may be the signature of a magma ocean on Earth at the time of the Moon-forming giant impact, according to numerical simulations.

    • H. Jay Melosh
  • News & Views |

    Nitrogen deposition in China has stabilized over the past decade, thanks to efficient regulation of fertilizer use, suggests an analysis of wet and dry deposition.

    • Maria Kanakidou
  • News & Views |

    Flotation of aerosols as a film on the hydrocarbon lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan may explain the lakes’ stillness, and could influence the atmospheric hydrocarbon cycle.

    • Isabelle Couturier-Tamburelli

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