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Date published: November 8, 2001

Large River Once Flowed in South Florida

Evidence recently obtained by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indicates that an ancient sand delta in South Florida, discovered in 1999 by scientists from the USGS and the University of South Florida, rivals the size of deltaic lobes of the modern-day Mississippi River.

Date published: November 7, 2001

There's Room for Shorebirds Too

Think of southern California, and images of beach, sun and surf come to mind, coupled with boundless recreation opportunities for beach-goers. What’s missing from these images? It could be the shorebirds that cavort at the edge of the sea and sand.

Date published: November 6, 2001

Crater Makes an Impact on Three Sessions at GSA


What happens when a rock from space that’s more than a mile wide slams into the Earth at supersonic speed? Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners are learning as they analyze evidence they are recovering from cores drilled during the past two summers into the Chesapeake Bay impact crater and surrounding structures.

Date published: November 6, 2001

Energy Sessions Fuel New Science

Note to Editors: The Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Boston, November 5-8. For interviews with the scientists during the GSA Annual Meeting contact Carolyn Bell (USGS) or Ann Cairns (GSA) in the newsroom at 617-954-3214. A media availability session will be held Tuesday, November 6 at 10 a.m. in HCC Room. 109.

Date published: November 6, 2001

Answers to Florida Bay Restoration Are Clear as Mud!

Recent evidence recovered from the muddy bottom of Florida Bay by a team of USGS scientists indicates that some of the changes in Florida Bay’s ecosystem are natural and some are not. Lynn Brewster-Wingard will present data from cores that show a significant increase in the last 20-40 years in Brachidontes exustus, a mussel that is tolerant of poor water quality and a wide range of salinities.

Date published: November 6, 2001

Using LIDAR to Document Coastal Change

At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Boston, Tuesday, November 6, at 9:15 a.m., scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will describe partnerships between their agency and other public agencies and the private sector that are contributing to a greater understanding of public areas, such as national parks.

Date published: November 5, 2001

USGS Talks About America's Coastal Crisis

America’s coastal states, the states bordering the Great Lakes, and the Pacific and Caribbean island territories, are experiencing increasingly severe coastal erosion and a variety of other coastal hazards. Most of the hazards are natural, but unwise coastal development and poorly designed manmade alterations have increased the risk of damage to life and property.

Date published: October 29, 2001

USGS To Host GIS Student Forum

In observance of National Geography Awareness Week, November 11-17, the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park will host a GIS (Geographic Information System) Day event for students of local elementary and high schools.

Date published: October 26, 2001

USGS and FIU Join Forces to Fly

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly over the Earth’s surface? Well the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida International University (FIU) today (October 26, 2001) announced a new Internet technology, TerraFly, that will let you interactively fly over the Earth’s surface and explore spatial data such as aerial photography, satellite imagery, street maps and locale information.

Date published: October 23, 2001

Colorado Plateau Is Focus of Natural Resources Conference

The natural richness of the Colorado Plateau of the southwestern United States is the focus of the Sixth Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau, November 6-8, at the du Bois Conference Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Date published: October 18, 2001

USGS Shares Missouri River Science at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Workshops

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is participating in nine of the 14 public workshops scheduled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) this fall. The Corps of Engineers is conducting the workshops and a series of hearings to receive public comment on their recently released Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Master Water Control Manual for the Missouri River system.

Date published: October 8, 2001

What Wildfire Research Tells Us About Fire Risk In California

WHAT: USGS wildfire research presentations at California’s 2001 Wildfire Conference and Public Events: Ten Years After the East Bay Hills Fire.
WHEN: Thurs., Oct. 11 
WHERE: Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, Calif. 
WHO: Scientists of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center: