Glacial Melting: A Slippery Slope
By Jenna Everard
Covering around 10 percent of the Earth’s surface, glaciers are an important resource for humans. Not only do their movements provide glacial till, which are sediments derived from glacial erosion that provide fertile soil, but glaciers also store 69 percent of the world’s freshwater supply. Although glaciers’ fluctuating masses have allowed scientists to begin quantifying the impacts of anthropogenic climate change, there is still much we do not know about these fascinating, massive bodies of ice.
The Tea on Kombucha
By Elaine Zhu
Illustrated by Lizka Vaintrob
Kombucha has been one of the trendiest drink items in the past few years, becoming a staple in cafes and supermarkets all around the country. For those who have not tried the drink, kombucha is a fermented drink that is usually flavored with different fruity or floral additive ingredients and has a slightly sweet, tart, and fizzy taste. With its steady rise in fame, claims about kombucha’s numerous health benefits have also started to spread to the mainstream. For example, claims have been made that kombucha detoxifies the blood, improves the immune system, aids gut health, and improves intestinal activity. As kombucha becomes a new essential in people’s lives, researchers are continually exploring the health benefits of this effervescent drink.