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Date published: December 12, 2018

Anchialine Biogeochemistry Research Team returns to the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The Anchialine Biogeochemistry Research Team has returned to the Yucatan Peninsula Mexico to continue investigating how life persists within underwater coastal caves beneath the tropical forest.

Date published: December 7, 2018

USGS scientist selected as next editor-in-chief of AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface

USGS research geologist Amy East, of the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, will be the next editor-in-chief of the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, beginning January 1, 2019.

Date published: November 29, 2018

Surveying deep-water habitats off US West Coast

Research cruise surveys deep-water coral, sponge, and fish habitats off U.S. West Coast.

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Year Published: 2019

Geochemical sourcing of runoff from a young volcanic watershed to an impacted coral reef in Pelekane Bay, Hawaii

Runoff of sediment and other contaminants from developed watersheds threatens coastal ecosystems and services. A sediment geochemical sourcing study was undertaken on a sediment-impacted coral reef flat to identify terrestrial sediment sources and how these changed over time. Geochemical signatures were identified for watershed...

Takesue, Renee K.; Storlazzi, Curt D.
Takesue R.T., and Storlazzi, C.D., 2019, Geochemical sourcing of runoff from a young volcanic watershed to an impacted coral reef in Pelekane Bay, Hawaii: Science of the Total Environment, v. 649, p. 353-363, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.282.

Year Published: 2018

Controls on submarine canyon head evolution: Monterey Canyon, offshore central California

The Monterey submarine canyon, incised across the continental shelf in Monterey Bay, California, provides a record of the link between onshore tectonism, fluvial transport, and deep-marine deposition. High-resolution seismic-reflection imaging in Monterey Bay reveals an extensive paleocanyon unit buried below the seafloor of the continental shelf...

Maier, Katherine L.; Johnson, Samuel Y.; Hart, Patrick E.
Maier, K.L., Johnson, S.Y., and Hart, P., 2018, Controls on submarine canyon head evolution—Monterey Canyon, offshore central California: Marine Geology, v. 404, p. 24-40.

Year Published: 2018

Statistical approach to neural network imaging of karst systems in 3D seismic reflection data

The current lack of a robust, standardized technique for geophysical mapping of karst systems can be attributed to both the complexity of the environment and prior technological limitations. Abrupt lateral variations in physical properties that are inherent to karst systems generate significant geophysical noise, challenging conventional seismic...

Ebuna, Daniel; Kluesner, Jared W.; Cunningham, Kevin J.; Edwards, Joel H.
Ebuna, D.R., Kluesner, J.W., Cunningham, K.J., and Edwards, J.H., 2018, Statistical approach to neural network imaging of karst systems in 3D seismic reflection data: Interpretation, v. 6, p. B15-B35, https://doi.org/10.1190/int-2017-0197.1