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We conduct multidisciplinary scientific research in the coastal and offshore areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and other US Pacific Islands; and in other waterways of the United States.

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March 30, 2020

Sound Waves Newsletter - January-March 2020

USGS announces the release of the decadal strategic plan for the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program, USGS coastal and marine research strongly represented at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting, USGS collects 12-year time series of climate data from the Gulf of Mexico, and more in this January-March 2020 issue of Sound Waves.

Publications

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Defining active, inactive, and extinct seafloor massive sulfide deposits

Hydrothermal activity results in the formation of hydrothermal mineral deposits, including seafloor massive sulfide deposits, at oceanic spreading ridges, arcs, and back-arcs. As hydrothermal systems age, the mineral deposits eventually become severed from the heat source and fluid-flow pathways responsible for their formation and become extinct....

Jamieson, John W.; Gartman, Amy

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Mapping metabolic activity at single cell resolution in intact volcanic fumarole soil

Interactions among microorganisms and their mineralogical substrates govern the structure, function, and emergent properties of microbial communities. These interactions are predicated on spatial relationships, which dictate metabolite exchange and access to key substrates. To quantitatively assess links between spatial relationships and metabolic...

Marlow, Jeffrey J. ; Colocci, Isabella ; Jungbluth, Sean ; Weber, Nils Moritz ; Gartman, Amy; Kallmeyer, Jens

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A new technique to calculate earthquake stress transfer and to forecast aftershocks

Coseismic stress changes have been the primary physical principle used to explain aftershocks and triggered earthquakes. However, this method does not adequately forecast earthquake rates and diverse rupture populations when subjected to formal testing. We show that earthquake forecasts can be impaired by assumptions made in physics-based models,...

Segou, Margarita; Parsons, Thomas E.