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Date published: August 8, 2002

Dr. George Phair - Noted USGS Research Geologist

Dr. George Phair, a retired research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, died of cancer at Suburban Hospital on August 5. Dr. Phair, a long-time resident of Potomac, Maryland, was 83.

Date published: July 30, 2002

New Lava From Kilauea Volcano Entering the Sea

Lava flows from the Pu`u `O`o vent on the east rift zone of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii are entering the sea and are rapidly adding new land to the coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The USGS Web site features near real time lava flow updates as well as photographs.

Date published: July 24, 2002

Radios Lead Researchers to Nests of Elusive Marbled Murrelets

It’s 2 in the morning, about a mile off the coast of Redwood National and State Parks in Humboldt County, California, near the northernmost part of the state. In the pitch-black night, researchers talk quietly while they wait aboard the RV Coral Sea, a 90-foot Humboldt State University research vessel.

Date published: July 24, 2002

USGS Measures the Response of the Rodeo/Chediski Burn

Last week, USGS scientists began sampling sediment and organic-rich streamflow coming from the Rodeo/Chediski fire burn area to discern possible ecological and water-quality effects of this discharge. In addition, three new USGS streamflow gages are allowing advance warning of possible flooding to affected Arizona communities.

Date published: July 15, 2002

Dr. Fawwaz T. Ulaby Recognized For Achievements in Radar Remote Sensing

Dr. Fawwaz T. Ulaby, Vice President for Research and the Williams Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, received the 2000 William T. Pecora Award last month in recognition of his achievements as a pioneer and leading authority in the field of radar remote sensing.

Date published: July 3, 2002

It's a World Made for Parasites, or Is It?


When USGS scientist Dr. Kevin Lafferty visits a salt marsh at low tide, he sees much more than algae-green tinted mudflats, tidal sloughs and brine-adapted pickleweed. Like other visitors, he sees the bustle of life around the mudflats from clams, snails, and crabs, to shorebirds and long-legged waders, and gobies and killifish in the shallows of the estuary.

Date published: June 24, 2002

Scientists Launch Major Earthquake Drilling Project Along the San Andreas Fault

An international research team announced Monday it has begun drilling a 1.4-mile-deep hole along the San Andreas Fault near the Central California town of Parkfield - site of one of the longest ongoing earthquake experiments in the world.

Date published: June 20, 2002

Diazinon Levels in Sacramento and San Joaquin Basin Rivers Lower Than in 1990s

The application of the pesticide diazinon on orchards, and the amounts found in rivers and streams in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basins in Northern California, were considerably lower in 2000 than in the 1990s according to two recently released reports by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: June 18, 2002

Advancing Glacier Coming Close to Blocking Fiord Near Yakutat, Alaska

North America’s largest calving glacier, Hubbard Glacier, is advancing and is close to blocking the entrance to Russell Fiord near Yakutat, Alaska, according to reports from Dennis Trabant, a glaciologist with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: June 18, 2002

Quake hits Southern Indiana-Illinois Border Region

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 near Darmstadt, Ind., on June 18, 2002 at 12:37 p.m. CDT. 

Date published: June 11, 2002

California Sea Otter Numbers Slide for Second Straight Year

Equipped with binoculars and spotting scopes, scientists and skilled volunteers paired up onshore. Other crews were airborne. Together they scanned 375 miles along the California coast for sea otters during May, from Half Moon Bay south to Santa Barbara.

Date published: May 30, 2002

USGS Names Thompson as Chief of EROS Data Center

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Central Region Geographer Max Ethridge today announced the appointment of R.J. Thompson as Chief of the EROS Data Center north of Sioux Falls. Thompson becomes the EROS Chief after nearly 40 years of service with the USGS.