News Briefs - November-December 2017

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Coastal and marine news highlights from across the USGS

    This article is part of the November-December 2017 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

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    Date published: November 30, 2017

    Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake near Dover, Delaware

    The USGS has up-to-date details on the November 30, 2017 event.

    Date published: November 28, 2017

    Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Reveals a Cryptic Methane-Fueled Ecosystem in Flooded Caves

    In the underground rivers and flooded caves of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where Mayan lore described a fantastical underworld, scientists have found a cryptic world in its own right.

    Date published: November 24, 2017

    Serene Sirens: USGS Sea Cow Science

    It may be hard to believe the legend that sailors long-at-sea once considered manatees to be mermaids. The manatee nickname – the “Sea Cow” – which comes from the herbivores’ affinity for grazing on vegetation and their slow, ambling way just makes more sense. But a U.S. Geological Survey video reveals that while they may be cow-like, they also have more than a bit of the magical mermaid to them.

    Date published: November 18, 2017

    Return to the Alaska Wilderness: USGS Scientists visit one of North America’s fastest-moving faults

    A team of USGS scientists spent two weeks in the isolated Glacier Bay National Park, exploring one of the fastest-moving faults in North America.

    Date published: November 8, 2017

    USGS helps restore public safety in Puerto Rico under harsh conditions

    U.S. Geological Survey field crews in Puerto Rico are rapidly repairing the damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, tracking the scope of storm floods, and documenting the new contours of rivers re-sculpted by floodwaters and mountains re-shaped by landslides.