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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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Job Vacancy Announcement

Job Vacancy Announcement

The Florence Bascom Geoscience Center is looking to hire a GS-06 Physical Science Technician to support the Appalachian Basin Geologic Mapping Project.

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Special Geoscience Studies Project

Special Geoscience Studies Project

The U.S. Department of State opened its National Museum of American Diplomacy and unveiled its first exhibits telling the story of American diplomacy. FBGC Scientist and Associate Director, Peter Chirico, is highlighted in the exhibit.

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Biography of Florence Bascom

Biography of Florence Bascom

The video in the link below is a brief but informative introduction to the life and work of Florence Bascom.

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News

Date published: March 6, 2020

Florence Bascom Geoscience Center Seminar Series - March 11, 2020

Please join us for a guest presentation by William Burton and Graham Lederer on Wednesday, March 11. They will be discussing some of John Wesley Powell's major accomplishments and present highlights from the fourth leg of the expedition. 

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.

Publications

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Sediment dynamics and implications for management: State of the science from long‐term research in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, USA

This review aims to synthesize the current knowledge of sediment dynamics using insights from long‐term research conducted in the watershed draining to the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the U.S., to inform management actions to restore the estuary and its watershed. The sediment dynamics of the Chesapeake are typical of many impaired...

Noe, Gregory B.; Cashman, Matthew J.; Skalak, Katherine; Gellis, Allen; Hopkins, Kristina G.; Moyer, Douglas; Webber, James; Benthem, Adam; Maloney, Kelly O.; Brakebill, John; Sekellick, Andrew; Langland, Michael J.; Zhang, Qian; Shenk, Gary Wynee; Keisman, Jennifer L.D.; Hupp, Cliff R.

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Evaluating elevation change thresholds between structure-from-motion DEMs derived from historical aerial photos and 3DEP LiDAR data

This study created digital terrain models (DTMs) from historical aerial images using Structure from Motion (SfM) for a variety of image dates, resolutions, and photo scales. Accuracy assessments were performed on the SfM DTMs, and they were compared to the United States Geological Survey’s three-dimensional digital elevation program (3DEP) light...

Chirico, Peter; DeWitt, Jessica D.; Bergstresser, Sarah E.

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Major-element compositional data and thermal data for drill core from Kīlauea Iki lava lake, plus analyses of glasses from scoria of the 1959 summit eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii

This report presents electron microprobe data on glasses and selected crystalline phases from Kīlauea Iki lava lake and glasses from the 1959 summit eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii. Some of these data have been published previously, but the complete set has not been published before. In addition, this report includes electron microprobe data...

Helz, Rosalind Tuthill
Helz, R.T., 2020, Major-element compositional data and thermal data for drill core from Kīlauea Iki lava lake, plus analyses of glasses from scoria of the 1959 summit eruption of Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1012, 48 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201012.