A new question

My research was a summer of complications; questions I posed about my methods or my results, issues that reared their heads, caused me to think and rethink and rethink my project. One such additional issue was that of throughfall chemistry. The rainfall I had been collecting was from out in the open, but streams are never isolated out in the open. Rainfall interacts with the ecosystem: trees, plants, and soil. How does the ecosystem affect rainfall chemistry? To answer this question, I looked at throughfall chemistry. Throughfall is defined as the water that hits leaves and is then shed off.

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Over hill and dale

To the field!

 

If rain water was time zero, a stream can be considered time final. Water is rained down, moves over or under the ground, and ends up in a stream. Previous William & Mary geology students tested stream water, and I followed in their footsteps.

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