Sound Waves Newsletter - April-May 2018

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Understanding how and where mineral-rich deposits form in the ocean and what effects mining them could have on deep-ocean environment, deploying oceanographic gear offshore of a natural inlet, visiting scientist from Japan collaborating with USGS on shoreline-change research, and more in this April-May issue of Sound Waves.

The stories in the April-May 2018 issue of Sound Waves 

Cover Story

How Will Underwater Mining Affect the Deep Ocean? Growing a Research Community to Find Out
USGS oceanographer Amy Gartman and team seek to understand how and where mineral-rich deposits form in the ocean, and what effects mining them could have on the deep-sea environment.


USGS Deploys Oceanographic Gear Offshore from Matanzas Inlet, St. Augustine, Florida
Matanzas is a natural, unstabilized inlet, which makes it an ideal location to study dynamic inlet processes in a non-maintained channel.

Recent Fieldwork
USGS scientists visited more than 20 coastal and offshore locations studying Yucatan coastal caves, wildfire-contaminated sediments in California, hurricane damage to coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and much more. Here’s a quick overview of some fieldwork by our researchers.

Staff and Center News

Visiting Scientist from Japan Collaborating on Shoreline-Change Research
Masayuki Banno is spending a year-long sabbatical with the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California.

News Briefs

Highlighted Coastal and Marine Research News from Across the USGS


Modern Perspective on Gas Hydrates
To take stock of where we are and what is known about gas hydrates, the USGS has published two new fact sheets focused on methane hydrates.

Recent Publications
List of USGS publications on coastal and marine research.


Archive of past issues of Sound Waves (1999-2018)