Utah's Wasatch Front is due for a major, devastating earthquake. Reporters Benjamin Zack and Leia Larsen visit with a Utah geological hazard mapper and a seismologist to learn about the region's past earthquakes and what they tell us about the future.
Amphibians throughout the world are in dire straights. That includes Utah's boreal toad — an animal that has adapted to some extreme environments. The Out Standing in a Field crew joins two biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife in the Monte Cristo Mountains, where they learn about what makes these toads unique and what humans can do to help them.
We learn about how scientists and engineers in Utah are playing an important role in taking humans beyond Earth orbit. First, we chat with former astronaut Kent Rominger about his journeys on the NASA space shuttles and what it's like to visit space. Next, we visit Orbital ATK Engineer Erica Sandoval to learn about how local engineers are helping to build a shuttle to Mars that will keep astronauts safe. We also chat with fellow science nerds tailgating at a rocket test in Promontory, Utah.
Spring is here, runoff is upon us and Utah's water situation looks bright — for now. Benjamin Zack and Leia Larsen head to the top of Logan Canyon to meet with researchers at a small snow survey site who are trying to understand the big picture of the state's water future.
Hosts Ben Zack and Leia Larsen join the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program on a boat ride out to the lake's railroad causeway breach. The causeway has prevented any fresh water from reaching the lake's northern reaches while the lake elevation also approaches record lows. What does this mean for the Great Salt Lake's future, and what does it mean for the people and wildlife surrounding it? Read more about the shrinking Great Salt Lake at www.standard.net/Great-Salt-Lake