Protecting America’s Waters

Groundwater and the importance of clear writing

Do you feel it is important to have universal acceptance of scientific terms for consistency in written communications and writing? I believe

it is vital that science writing be clear and consistent! As an example, "Groundwater" is defined simply as water located beneath the earth's surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. The term "groundwater" has evolved and there is still an alternate version of the term, "ground water", in use. This causes confusion and uncertainty by readers and it is time for all of us to adapt to the rapid changes in English. The public is familiar with new terms such as "Blog" and new terms using older words such as "Twitter". If scientists are working to protect America's waters, the use of the same term, "groundwater" in all writing would be logical.

What do you think?

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Idea No. 111