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The Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (FBGC) is at the leading edge of scientific research addressing critical societal issues and providing unbiased data and information to decision makers and the public. Our research center is built around five broad science themes: Paleoclimate & Paleoecology, Landscape Science, Geologic Mapping, Hazards, and Special Geologic Studies. 

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Florida Bay Mangroves

Florida Bay Mangroves

FBGC scientists are currently studying how environmental conditions from 5,000 years ago through the present day have affected Florida Bay's mangrove forests.

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Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program

Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program

We seek a Mendenhall Fellow to build on current USGS coastal-plain basement geologic mapping research. 

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Florence Joins Powell 150 Expedition!

Florence Joins Powell 150 Expedition!

Florence Bascom joins John Wesley Powell on a 5-day leg of the Powell 150 Expedition.

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News

Date published: September 30, 2019

Florence Bascom Geoscience Center Seminar Series - October 3, 2019

Please join us for a guest presentation by Dr. Amy Myrbo on Thursday, October 3rd. She will be discussing the dangers of sulfate to wild rice and freshwater ecosystems. 

Date published: September 10, 2019

Florence Bascom Geoscience Center Seminar Series - September 10, 2019

Please join us on September 10th as Randall Orndorff discusses the North American Stratigraphic Code.

Date published: August 20, 2019

Florence Bascom Geoscience Center Seminar Series - September 3, 2019

Please join us for a guest presentation by Louise M. Farquharson on Tuesday, September 3rd. She will be discussing the mechanisms of widespread permafrost degradation across Alaska and Northern Canada. 

Publications

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Paleoliquefaction field reconnaissance in eastern North Carolina—Is there evidence for large magnitude earthquakes between the central Virginia seismic zone and Charleston seismic zone?

In June 2016, approximately 64 kilometers (km) of riverbank were examined along the Tar and Neuse Rivers near Tarboro and Kinston, North Carolina, for evidence of liquefaction-forming earthquakes. The study area is in the vicinity of the Grainger’s fault zone in eastern North Carolina. The Grainger’s fault zone is a fault zone in the inner Coastal...

Carter, Mark W.; McLaurin, Brett T.
Carter, M.W., and McLaurin, B.T., 2019, Paleoliquefaction field reconnaissance in eastern North Carolina—Is there evidence for large magnitude earthquakes between the Central Virginia Seismic Zone and Charleston Seismic Zone?: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5057, 54 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195057.

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Mid-piacenzian of the north Atlantic Ocean

The Piacenzian Age (Pliocene) represents a past climate interval within which frequency and magnitude of environmental changes during a period of past global warmth can be analyzed, climate models can be tested, and results can be placed in a context to better prepare for future change. Here we focus on the North Atlantic region, incorporating new...

Dowsett, Harry J.; Robinson, Marci M.; Foley, Kevin M.; Herbert, Timothy D.; Otto-Bliesner, Bette L.; Spivey, Whittney

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(U-Th)/He zircon dating of Chesapeake Bay distal impact ejecta from ODP site 1073

Single crystal (U‐Th)/He dating has been undertaken on 21 detrital zircon grains extracted from a core sample from Ocean Drilling Project (ODP) site 1073, which is located ~390 km northeast of the center of the Chesapeake Bay impact structure. Optical and electron imaging in combination with energy dispersive X‐ray microanalysis (EDS) of...

Biren, M.B.; Wartho, J.-A.; van Soest, M.C.; Hodges, K.V.; Cathey, H.; Glass, B.P.; Koeberl, C.; Horton, J. Wright; Hale, W.