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‘The Martian’ author talks book, advice for writers

‘The Martian’ author talks book, advice for writers

George Johnston

October 2, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Q&As

Is there life on Mars? If Mark Watney, the character stuck on Mars after a dust storm in Andy Weir's novel "The Martian," counts, then yes, there's life on Mars.   Weir recently sat down with The Orion to discuss his book, "The Martian," now a major motion picture. You started out as a software engineer and now there's a Rid...

Central valley sinking faster than ever in drought

Central valley sinking faster than ever in  drought

Austin Herbaugh

September 20, 2015


Filed under News

While the drought has affected many lives, it's also changing the surface of the Earth itself. Throughout large swaths of the valley, the ground is literally sinking beneath our feet. According to a recent NASA satellite survey, parts of the central valley are sinking as much as two inches per month. Land in the valley is sinking because well water is still being pumped for agriculture in the drought and there hasn't been enough rain to replenish the groundwater. The water table has continued to get lower, and the ground is sinking to fill the void wh...

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