The desert tortoise might be Nevada’s state reptile but rapid changes in fragile desert ecosystems could threaten its very existence. In the last 150 years, non-native animal and plant species, and new towns, roadways and railways have infiltrated the Mojave and western Sonoran Deserts, the stomping ground of the Desert Tortoise. It’s an evolution that has led to both habitat loss and habitat degradation for this iconic species. Read More
Ensuring the future of sustainable solar energy requires more than simply determining how to use the Sun’s rays more efficiently. It requires understanding solar energy’s water requirements and its impacts on the environment. Also, research on solar energy depends on the creation of a secure cyberinfrastructure to support data collection, sharing and processing. Read More
By definition deserts are dry and water is scarce but, sometimes, sources of this precious liquid are hidden in this arid environment. Groundwater aquifers that lie deep beneath the land surface already supply 15% of the Las Vegas water requirements. Now scientists are questioning whether shallow groundwater, which typically contains more salts and is known as brackish water, also has the potential to provide much needed water for human and industrial use. Read More
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