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Now, hold on a minute! Let’s not use the word “polluted” to describe the Firehole River—or Obsidian Creek!

Then what word would you prefer, Doctor: contaminated, ruined, destroyed, degraded, flawed, poisoned, dirty, corrupted, defiled, spoiled—?

How about “altered”?

Altered? Ms. DeRama showed us your data on Obsidian Creek! We know that very few EPT species were found in two out of your four sample sites!

So that’s how my research disappeared! I don’t remember Ms. DeRama being an associate, but I do remember seeing her drifting around my study area. . .

Don’t listen to him; he’s trying to hoodwink you by changing the subject!

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Cast of characters - Maya Crowbes, Dr. A Beadle, Gray Fischer, Viola DeRama
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Q: How does Dr. Farnheid describe both the Firehole River and Obsidian Creek?

GLOSSARY: alter(ed)—to make different