Luna Leopold doing field work in Idaho.  USGS
Luna Leopold doing field work in Idaho. USGS

Water shapes the desert landscape. This seems strange until you’ve stood in a New Mexico downpour, watching the impact of big raindrops on boulders and cliffs and getting out of the way as muddy floodwaters rage through the nearest arroyo.

Luna Leopold probably recognized the power and importance of water early on, during his childhood in Albquerque, New Mexico, early in the 20th century. As a meteorologist, engineer, and geologist, he went on to pioneer the scientific study of water’s effects on landscapes everywhere and became a champion of the movement to protect rivers and other bodies of water.

He looked more like a cowboy than did the advertising world’s Marlboro Men, who were popular back then. However, it was Leopold’s scientific training and and personal energy that propelled him to the top hydrologist post at the United States Geological Survey.

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He held that influential position for two decades, revolutionizing the detailed study of surface water and speeding up the transmission of reliable data to researchers others those who need it to make informed decisions on water management.

Then he entered the academic world, where for the rest of his long life he worked hard to get the message out to students, the public, legislators, and fellow scientists that water resources are vitally important and must be managed ethically as well as efficiently.

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When writing about a contemporary geoscientist who isn’t a household name like his fellow New Mexican Harrison Schmitt, it is best to let others tell the detailed story.

Here are some excellent resources where you can learn more about Dr. Aldo B. Leopold.
 

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About BJ Deming

After getting an associate's degree in forestry, I studied geology as an undergraduate back in the 1980s but went into medical transcription instead. It just worked out better for me. The Internet renewed my interest in geoscience as a hobby, and when I retired in 2014, I decided to write a book about cat evolution. That started a new career for me (enormous fun but not self-supporting yet). Right now, besides blogging I am finishing up the first two books in a self-published ebook series about the cat family and its history. Thanks for your interest!

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