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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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Impacts of Hurricane Irma on Florida Bay Islands, Everglades National Park, U.S.A.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in south Florida, USA, on September 10, 2017 as a category 4 storm. In January 2018, fieldwork was conducted on four previously (2014) sampled islands in Florida Bay, Everglades National Park to examine changes between 2014 and 2018. The objectives were to determine if the net impact of the storm was gain or loss of...

Wingard, G. Lynn; Bergstresser, Sarah E.; Stackhouse, Bethany; Jones, Miriam; Marot, Marci E.; Hoefke, Kristen; Daniels, Andre; Keller, Katherine

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Detailed Lithologic Logs from Auger Holes in southern Charleston County, southwestern Dorchester County, and eastern Colleton County, South Carolina

The lithologic logs described in this open-file report are from holes augered in the South Carolina Low Country in parts of Charleston, Dorchester, and Colleton Counties from 1998 through 2010. Lithologic units described here include not only surficial Pleistocene units but also subsurface stratigraphic units ranging as far back in age as late...

Weems, Robert E.; Lewis, William C.
Weems, R.E., and Lewis, W.C., 2019, Detailed lithologic logs from auger holes in southern Charleston County, southwestern Dorchester County, and eastern Colleton County, South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1119, 129 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191119.

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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.