Man vs. Water

H20 gives us life, but can also take it away in an instant.

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The Obsessive Life and Mysterious Death of the Fisherman Who Discovered The Loch Ness Monster

A humble Scotsman saw something strange in the water—and daringly set out to catch it—only to have lecherous out-of-towners steal his fame and upend his quest.

When Her Father’s Yacht Vanished, She Searched the Sea Until She Finally Found Peace

After Argonaut went down in calm waters, Chelsea Rice-Morris was convinced of foul play. She didn't stop until she had her answer.

This Flood-Savaged Hamlet Proves Climate Change Isn’t Just a Coastal Concern

Nine inches of rain nearly wiped Richwood, West Virginia, off the map. As waters rise around the globe, this tiny town offers a terrifying vision of our future—if we don’t act.

The Thrill-Seeking Bodysurfers of California’s Most Terrifying Wave

Meet the daredevils addicted to the iconic 'Wedge' surf break — no boards allowed.

Can San Francisco Stop Public Urination with Paint That Pees Back?

A special wall coating that sends your stream right back at you might solve SF’s public waste problem. No one is more surprised than the people who invented it.

The Al Gore of Polynesia

On a tiny South Pacific isle, a small-town mayor uses ancient fishing techniques to provide sustainability for his family—and a detailed PowerPoint to ensure his traditions never die.

The River Will Have the Last Word

Through deluge and drought, the legendary “Hawk Man of Iowa” has spent decades along a remote stretch of the Mississippi known as the Driftless Area. But can the river help him escape his grief when he needs it most?

The Fresh-Water Beast Beneath New York’s Streets

The largest construction project in NYC has claimed dozens of lives over the past forty years—and the haunting memories are matched only by the grandeur of its ambition.

22,000 Days Without Drinking Water

Bolivia’s populist president has vowed to lift the fortunes of the rural poor. But high on the Andean plateau, one remote community still has no access to clean water—and one man has the awesome responsibility of ensuring his people are not...