1. Japan's Mount Fuji Reopens After Nearly Two Months Mount Fuji, Japan's iconic volcano, reopened to climbers on June 1, after being closed for almost two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The popular climbing season for the 12,388-foot peak usually runs from July 1 to September 10, and is considered a highlight of the Japanese summer. The reopening comes with several new safety measures to ensure the health and safety of climbers, including reducing the number of visitors allowed on the mountain each day and requiring climbers to wear face masks. 2. Japan's Mount Fuji Reopens as Tourists Adapt to New Normal Mount Fuji has reopened to tourists, offering a glimpse into the new normal of travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Climbers must now wear face masks and practice social distancing, and the number of visitors allowed on the mountain is limited. Despite the new restrictions, those who have made the climb have said that the experience has been no less rewarding. 3. Japan's Mount Fuji Closes Due to Coronavirus On April 10, Japan's iconic Mount Fuji closed to climbers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The closure was announced by the Yaman
Read the full story from the University of Basel. Environmental DNA analysis of microbial communities can help us understand how a particular region's water cycle works. Basel hydrogeologist Oliver Schilling recently used this method to examine the water cycle on Mount Fuji. His results have implications for other regions worldwide.