What Is a Playa?

Feb 23, 2016

We grew up on the High Plains thinking of those occasionally muddy pasture depressions as "buffalo wallows," "rainwater basins" or "mud holes." Turns out, scientists are learning those playas play a significant role recharging aquifers such as the Ogallala.


Dr. William Johnson
Professor, Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

Dr. Ken Rainwater
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

John Wood
Eastern NM Rancher
Broadview, NM

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