Science Moab

Series produced by KZMU Moab Community Radio

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Image by: Buddy Hill & Kristina Young 

A radio show exploring the science and learning about the scientists from the Colorado Plateau

Science Moab is a weekly half-hour program exploring current research going on within the Colorado Plateau and beyond, the show includes interviews with scientists about the fascinating research they are conducting in our area. Host and producer Kristina Young explores basic ideas behind various scientific topics, the kinds of research that scientists do to answer their questions, and how current research can help us understand our changing world. Science topics span ecology, geology, chemistry, archaeology, hydrology, and any other -ology that might come our way.


63 Pieces

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“Leave No Trace” is not a new concept for most outdoor enthusiasts but the LNT recommendations for engaging with the outdoors are always updating a...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2021
  • Length: 23:32
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Monsoons in the desert southwest rely on a seasonal wind shift to occur. They don’t always materialize. When they come, though, the drastic chang...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2021
  • Length: 17:39
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As the number of climbers grows across the country, so does the number of climbing visitors to Indian Creek (San Juan County, UT). Concern is risi...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 19:05
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The invasive quagga mussel found its way into Lake Powell in 2012. This rapidly spreading nuisance species is affecting the lake’s ecology, namely...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 20:05
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The unique ecosystem of Southwestern Utah includes bits of the Mojave Desert, the Colorado Plateau, and the Great Basin. Here you can find 18 of t...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2021
  • Length: 21:21
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The sheer number of recreationists in southern Utah has brought the subject of human waste in the backcountry to a head. The Southeast Utah Health...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2021
  • Length: 19:00
  • Purchases: 1
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There are lots of different forms of knowledge, from place-based, community knowledge to science in laboratories. When this wide diversity of under...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2021
  • Length: 18:21
  • Purchases: 2
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Soil mapping involves interpreting landscapes, how soil changes across it, and a bit of art to represent repeatable patterns in a map. The mapping...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2021
  • Length: 18:29
  • Purchases: 1
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When dinosaurs roamed the earth, Southeast Utah was a coastal paradise. Dinosaurs flourished in this utopia in numbers and variety of species unli...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2021
  • Length: 19:42
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Mike and Jenny Fiebig traveled for 183 days over 1800 miles from the source of the Green River in the Wind River Range to where the Colorado River ...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2021
  • Length: 19:40
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When puffy white clouds appear in the sky above a hot arid landscape, one may wonder “where is that moisture coming from?”. The desert southwest i...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2021
  • Length: 20:10
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The humpback chub have been swimming in the wild and turbulent waters of the Colorado River Basin for 3 million years. They have been endangered s...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2021
  • Length: 17:46
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Science and conservation in the United States are made up of primarily white scientists and Western ways of thinking. This is something that Sergio...

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  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 19:32
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The Bears Ears region is a place held sacred to Native people across the Colorado Plateau. It’s also a place that has a complicated history with We...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2021
  • Length: 17:11
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Arches are always vibrating. The unique size and shape of each arch produces a unique wave frequency that it vibrates at. We talk with Jeff Moore...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 18:22
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The Colorado River Basin provides water for communities across the West, from the Front Range of Colorado to the coast of California. Increase in ...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 14:52
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In Moab, climate change has greatly reduced the size of the wetlands and many of the mosquitoes’ natural predators that used to live there have als...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 18:10
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Biological soil crusts—mosses, lichens, and bacteria that live on the surface of dryland soils—perform crucial functions in desert ecosystems. Some...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 23:11
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When it comes to arid climates, junipers are some of the toughest trees around. But in the past two years, southeastern Utah has seen huge swathes ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2020
  • Length: 21:03
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A unique combination of events came together at the end of Permian time (250 million years ago)that resulted in the extinction of more the 90% of l...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2020
  • Length: 31:05