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Date published: September 7, 2001

Scientists Find That Fluid-Like Flow of Rock Occurs Below Faults Following Big Quakes

New technologies in the form of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) have helped scientists determine that fluid-like flow occurred just below the earth’s crust in the first few months following two recent large California earthquakes.

Date published: September 5, 2001

USGS Finds West Nile Virus in Chicago-Area Crows

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Madison, Wisc., said today that two dead crows, found in the Chicago area tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Last week, dead crows found near Milwaukee also tested positive for the virus. So far this year, West Nile Virus has been identified in 20 states, the District of Columbia and in southern Ontario.

Date published: August 31, 2001

USGS Finds West Nile Virus in Wisconsin Crows

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Madison, Wisc., said today that two dead crows, found near Milwaukee, are being re-tested for the West Nile Virus. Preliminary tests showed that one of the birds had the virus. Results for the second bird are inconclusive and that bird is being retested. So far this year, West Nile Virus has been identified in 18 states, the District of Columbia

Date published: August 23, 2001

USGS Helps Native American Schools Go Online

Today, August 23, all 185 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Native American schools are connected to the Internet, marking the completion of the Access Native America (ANA) project. Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Neal A. McCaleb will today bring the last school online, the Chichiltah/Jones Ranch Community School located on the Navajo reservation in Chichiltah, N.M.

Date published: August 5, 2001

Grassland Birds and Habitat Fragmentation: The Role of Predators

North American grassland areas are increasingly fragmented, which may be having an adverse impact on bird populations, according to biologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: August 1, 2001

USGS Finds West Nile Virus in Ohio Blue Jay

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey in Madison, Wisc., confirmed today that a dead blue jay, found in Lake County, Ohio, near Concord, had the West Nile Virus. The finding marks the farthest west the virus has been identified. Concord is near the town of Mentor, about 27 miles northeast of Cleveland.

Date published: July 26, 2001

Scientists Examine the Seas Our Ancestors Fished to Better Understand Today's Changing Oceans


Imagine the world’s oceans teeming with whales, sea turtles and fishes, with shellfish so abundant they posed a hazard to navigation. Only in a Jules Verne classic fantasy? Not so. A group of scientists from several research institutions has recently depicted that such rich ocean life existed in the not-so-distant past. 

Date published: July 8, 2001

Snake, Eel, Gobe, and Kudzu Invade Capitol Hill for Briefing on Invasive Species

Invasive plants and animals will be on display at the briefing including a brown tree snake, round gobe (a species of fish),Asian swamp eel, sea lamprey, giant salvinia, cheatgrass, kudzu,and hemlock adelgid.

Date published: June 20, 2001

Coal and Oil and Gas, Oh My!

Fact: The United States needs energy supplies that are secure, uninterrupted, sustainable, and economically and environmentally viable. And, it is estimated that over the next 20 years, the U.S. demand for energy may increase by as much as 32 percent.

Date published: June 12, 2001

Fewer California Sea Otters Tallied in Spring 2001 Survey But Population Size Remains Roughly Stable

Last year up; this year down, but the number of sea otters in California remain roughly stable, neither increasing or decreasing rapidly, according to the scientists who study them. Still, a lack of sustained growth worries researchers and sea otter watchers.

Date published: June 12, 2001

New Map of Colorado National Monument Tells Tales of Fires, Floods and Ancient Man

The geology of Colorado National Monument and surrounding areas is presented in a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) map that is designed to serve visitors as well as students and the most ardent scientist.

Date published: June 12, 2001

Radon in Blue Ridge Ground Water Among Highest In Nation

Radon concentrations in ground water from homeowners’ wells in the Blue Ridge area of the New River watershed, in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, were among the highest measured in the nation in a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. Radon is a radioactive gas, and radon in air is the second leading cause of lung cancer.