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Date published: December 10, 2001

Vanishing Glaciers at San Francisco Meeting

Of Alaska’s several-thousand valley glaciers, including nearly 700 that are named, fewer than 20 are advancing, according to a major study that U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Bruce F. Molnia will present at the American Geophysical Union Annual 2001 Fall Meeting, scheduled for Dec. 10-14 in San Francisco, CA.

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: December 10, 2001

Everything But the Carbon Sink

We know that global atmospheric CO2 concentrations are increasing and we are reasonably confident in our estimates of the sources.

Date published: December 6, 2001

Free Maps For Wraps Continues At USGS

They really do "give a wrap" at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. In fact they are giving away outdated topographical maps that can be used for holiday gift wrap, just for visiting the agency’s map sales outlet at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, between now and December 22.

Date published: December 4, 2001

USGS To Close Spokane Map Sales Office

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Earth Science Information Center (ESIC), commonly known as the map sales office, located in the U.S. Post Office Building at 904 West Riverside Ave., in Spokane, Wash., will officially close on Friday, December 28, 2001.

Date published: December 3, 2001

New Website Chronicles Lewis and Clark's Expedition through North Dakota

The website offers a picture of the Missouri River and its tributaries from 1804 to 1806 via excerpts from the journals of Lewis and Clark. The current river system also is highlighted through a compilation of aerial photographs, USGS data, and USGS publications.

Date published: November 27, 2001

Past Fire Regime Is Key to Managing Chaparral Fires in Southern California

Understanding the natural role of fire in chaparral ecosystems is necessary to effectively manage fires in southern California’s shrublands, where large, high-intensity fires sweep the landscape each year, threatening lives and homes. 

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.