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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.

Date published: May 16, 2002

USGS Revises Estimates of Undiscovered Oil & Gas Resources in NPRA

U.S. Geological Survey scientists have completed a four-year re-assessment of the undiscovered oil and gas resources of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPRA). The re-assessment includes an economic analysis of the undiscovered oil in the NPRA and shows that the federal part of NPRA contains significant volumes of technically recoverable oil and gas resources spread over a vast area.

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: May 7, 2002

April Showers Bring Some Relief to Massachusetts Drought Conditions

Normal rainfall during April helped alleviate some of Massachusetts and Rhode Islands’ low-water conditions. But the states’ streamflows and ground-water levels still haven’t completely recovered from the small amounts of precipitation that fell this past fall and winter.

Date published: April 26, 2002

USGS Partners with Nation's Military Bases - Scientists Team with Defense Experts to Discuss Base Environmental Issues

Unexploded shells. Contaminated soils. Polluted groundwater. Military bases across the country are working to restore and protect the environment. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Defense Department will meet in Indianapolis next week to discuss the status of efforts to address environmental problems at U.S. military bases and facilitate safeguarding the environment for years

Date published: April 24, 2002

Native Americans Were First Land Managers of California's Coastal Ranges

While it is known that pre-Columbian peoples of North America used fire as a tool to manage natural resources, scientists have long debated the impact of this usage of fire on the landscape. 

Date published: April 24, 2002

Buffelgrass, an Invader Fueling Wildfires in the Sonoran Desert

Picture a sunset in which a "forest" of that Sonoran Desert icon the saguaro cactus is silhouetted against the skyline. Now picture that sunset minus the saguaros and you will have an idea why researchers and resource managers across southern Arizona fear the take-over of the desert by invasive nonnative grasses.

Date published: April 1, 2002

USGS Partners With NNSA To Upgrade Camera Calibration

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Kansas City Plant have teamed up to modernize the USGS Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) which has the responsibility to certify/characterize metric quality aerial mapping cameras for other government agencies and the private sector. 

Date published: March 29, 2002

Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain Terrestrial Wildlife Research Summaries

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released today a summary report of more than 10 years of investigations on the biological resources of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in and near the 1002 Area, a region of about 1.5 million acres on the coastal plain in the northern part of the Arctic Refuge.

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: March 28, 2002

USGS Assessment: Complex Future for Appalachian Coal

Coal provides more than half of our Nation’s electrical energy needs. For more than three centuries, coal has been mined in the Appalachian Basin, one of the most important coal producing regions in the world. This area includes parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee. Almost all of the coal now mined in the Appalachian Basin is used in eastern state

Date published: March 18, 2002

Fresh Water Under the Sea?


By using electrical measurements, USGS scientists have detected fresh groundwater in submarine environments in Mid-Atlantic coastal waters. The new data will help define sources and quantities of nutrients entering the coastal bays of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia and refine groundwater flow models.

Date published: February 25, 2002

Beauty and the Beasts - Beyond the Golden Gate

Above the water it’s a rugged shoreline and a few jagged rocks adorned with bird droppings. Below the surface, however, the Gulf of the Farallones, west of the Golden Gate Bridge, encompasses an area of 4,000 square miles of sea floor, marine life and mysterious objects that may be affecting the area’s environment.

Date published: February 12, 2002

Science and the Billion-Dollar Ground-Water Cleanup


Since 1911, activities by numerous occupants at what is now known as the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) have contaminated billions of gallons of ground water in the Cape Cod aquifer with fuels, solvents, treated sewage, landfill leachate, and explosive compounds from ordinance.