Science Alive! Photos from the 10th USGS Open House

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The 10th USGS Open House was a smashing success! Science enthusiasts from the Bay Area and beyond converged on the USGS Menlo Park campus on May 19 and May 20 to sample the wide variety of scientific research that USGS provides to the Nation.

Some of the most popular displays included a liquid nitrogen demonstration table and the "flour volcano" demos explaining the formation of eruptions and calderas.

USGS Western Ecological Research Center staff were on hand as well, with scientist Laura Valoppi explaining the research and planning process of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Meanwhile, biologist Joe Tomoleoni and colleagues from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and UC Santa Cruz taught the public the important roles that sea otters play in marine ecological studies.

Check out the photos from the Open House:

USGS hydrologists and kids

A USGS hydrologist teaches kids how to measure stream flow. (Credit: Ben Young Landis, USGS. Public domain.)

WERC biologist Joe Tomoleoni with public

WERC biologist Joe Tomoleoni explains the sea otter's feeding behavior. (Credit: Ben Young Landis, USGS. Public domain.)

Laura Valoppi at USGS Open House

USGS scientist Laura Valoppi explains the salt pond restoration process to the public. (Credit: Ben Young Landis, USGS Western Ecological Research Center. Public domain.)

Welcome to the 2012 USGS open house

Welcome to the 2012 USGS Open House! (Credit: Ben Young Landis, USGS. Public domain.)

Laura Valoppi at USGS Presentation Theatre

Laura Valoppi at the USGS Presentation Theatre, following a showing of Wetland Revival. (Credit: Ben Young Landis, USGS. Public domain.)

Sea Otter Research Table at 2012 USGS Open House

Michelle Staedler and her crew from the Monterey Bay Aquarium also hosted the sea otter research table at the 2012 USGS Open House. (Credit: Ben Young Landis, USGS. Public domain.)