NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES  Water in Loess ;    Peiyue Li and Hui Qian, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Chang’an University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, and Key Laboratory of Subsurface Hydrology and Ecological Effects in Arid Region of the Ministry of Education, Chang’an University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China  Water in Loess article  Loess is a fine-grained windblown (aeolian) sediment which is homogeneous, porous, friable, pale yellow or buff, slightly coherent, typically non-stratified, and often calcareous. It is widely distributed in China, Argentina, Europe, the United States, and Middle Asia and mainly occurs in arid and semiarid regions with severe water resource shortages and fragile ecological environments. Mineral resources such as oil, gas, and coal, however, are rich in these areas.  The article includes a glossary, definition, and introduction. Then describes loess and its distribution. For the Loess Plateau, water resources development, surface and ground water, and soil water are described. The article ends with future directions and a bibliography.  This information will also be linked on the Reports Page 02 of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at "> ; Tim SmithSustainable Water Resources CoordinatorGovernment Web Site, Water Resources Site, "> ;