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Science on the Hill: Fragile life underfoot has big impact on desert

Anyone who spends time in the high-desert landscape of Northern New Mexico has come across biological soil crusts, or biocrusts. This fragile crust fills a pivotal ecosystem niche. However, its survival is being challenged by threats from climate change and man-made disturbance.

Science on the Hill: Fragile life underfoot has big impact on desert

For years, space scientists thought the empty region between the two Van Allen belts filled in only during only the most extreme, once-a-decade geomagnetic storms. New research shows that lower-energy electrons fill this space during almost all such storms. Image courtesy NASA Goddard/Duberstein


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