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Date published: October 18, 2002

USGS Assesses Coal in the Illinois Basin

Coal provides over half of our nation’s electrical energy needs. To gain a better understanding of available energy resources, the USGS has recently completed an assessment of one of our nation’s most important coal producing regions, the Illinois Basin (an area covering Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky).

Date published: October 15, 2002

Scientists Study the Long and Short of Pintail Duck Migration

On September 23, pintail 17530’s backpack transmitter beamed a signal from the southwest coast of Alaska to a satellite. She was flying south, 272 days after USGS scientists equipped her with a PTT, or platform transmitter terminal, last winter in California’s Central Valley, where nearly half of North America’s pintails winter.

Date published: October 2, 2002

Join Scientists and Students for Free Live Electronic Field Trip

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Prince William Network are sharing an amazing story with students all across the U.S. through the live satellite and internet broadcast of The Chesapeake Meteorite: Message From the Past on October 9th from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm Eastern Time.

Date published: October 1, 2002

Multi-Year Contract Awarded for Work At EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, SD

A contract estimated at $154 million has been awarded today, October 1, 2002 to SAIC, of San Diego, Calif., for operation of the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS Data Center, in Sioux Falls, S.D. This is one of the largest service contracts within the Department of the Interior.

Date published: September 27, 2002

USGS and the American Geological Institute Combine to Offer a World of Information


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the American Geological Institute (AGI) announced a cooperative agreement today that will focus on making the USGS Global Geographic Information System (GIS) database readily available to educators and the general public in the form of a DVD based world atlas.

Date published: September 2, 2002

USGS to Map Richness of Aquatic Life in the Great Lakes


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its cooperators are launching a 5-year study in the Great Lakes basin to identify and map unprotected areas of substantial richness in aquatic animal species, and to determine how free those habitats are from human disturbance.

Date published: August 30, 2002

Mrs. Mary C. Rabbitt - Noted USGS Geophysicist and Historian

Mrs. Mary C. Rabbitt, retired geophysicist, administrator, and research historian with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia, died at her home in Washington, D.C., on August 8. Mrs. Rabbitt, a long-time resident of Washington, D.C., was 87.

Date published: August 16, 2002

Second-Largest Glacial Flood Worldwide in Historic Times Occurs as Russell Lake Glacier Dam Ruptures

The immediate threat of overflow of water from Russell Lake caused by the advance of Hubbard Glacier, North America’s largest tidewater glacier, is over, according to reports from Dennis Trabant, a glaciologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: August 9, 2002

Rey Stendell Appointed Chief Scientist for the Salton Sea Science Office


John D. Buffington, Western Regional Director for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced today that Rey Stendell has been named Chief Scientist for the Salton Sea Science Office (SSSO) in La Quinta, California.

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.