In an age of division, wrought by trade wars and physical wars, clashing opinions and opposing beliefs, and an all-too-prominent “us vs. them” mentality, it can be easy to forget about the thing that connects us all: water.

Water is our shared resource. Moving through its different phases of solid, liquid, and vapor, water travels around the world, connecting all of its sources on earth to one another, and so too connecting all of us. Water can be beautiful, simple, pure, and clean, acting as the antithesis of the messy world in which we live. It’s the unifier that we need, and the ideal that we strive for.

And so, in recognition of all that water does and can do for us, the SITN 2019 Special Edition has situated itself, not on the side of a political party or an ideology, but rather on the side of water itself. In these articles, we aim to explore, honor, discover, and commemorate our most global necessity. We hope that you enjoy learning about water as much as we have.

Sincerely,
Rebecca, Kimberly, and the SITN Editorial Staff

September 26, 2019

 

Cyanobacteria

Olivia Foster Rhoades

Wastewater Recycling

Elaine Cheung

Biology of Water

Molly Sargen

Hydroponics

Valentina Lagomarsino

Extraterrestrial Water

Andrew Greenspon

Water Shortages

Aparna Nathan

Extreme Weather

Tianjia Liu

Deep Sea

Isabella Grabski

Microplastics

Kevin Dervishi

Thirst

Michelle Frank

 

Special thanks to…

The editing team: Trevor Haynes, Bobby Hollingsworth, Tess Whitwam, Sean Kim, Dara Bree, Juntao Wang, Bing Chia, Ceejay Lee, Kristin Qian, Susi Jakob, Malinda Mcpherson, Menglu Qian, Jordan Wilkerson, Emily Erickson, Udit Gupta, Izzy Grabski, Patrick Griffin, Simon Axelrod, Ernest Aw

The graphic editors:  Jovana Andrejevic, Abby Burrus, Elaine Cheung, Elayne Fivenson, Olivia Foster, Aparna Nathan, Rebecca Senft, Daniel Utter, Hannah Zucker

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