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Date published: February 5, 2001

High-Tech USGS Maps Being Used to Solve Xiana Mystery

Aerial photographs supplied to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, by the U.S. Geological Survey, are being used to search for the remains of Xiana Fairchild. A child’s skull, which was found near Lexington Reservoir on January 19, has been identified through dental records and DNA tests, as that of the missing 7-year-old Vallejo girl who disappeared in December 1999.

Date published: January 29, 2001

Crews Working on Oil Spill at USGS HQ in Reston

Environmental clean-up crews are working this morning to determine the size of an oil release that occurred at the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters in Reston, Va., early this morning.

Date published: January 25, 2001

Got Fish? Already tired of that holiday gift aquarium? Think before you dump and create an even bigger problem.

If the aquarium of brightly colored exotic fish with interesting names like angelfish, swordtail, glow-light tetra, hatchet fish and tire track eel that Aunt Tillie gave you for Christmas is rapidly becoming a burden, think twice before you dump the tank and destroy the evidence.

Date published: January 22, 2001

New USGS Map Will Improve Earthquake Hazards Assessment in the Bay Area

A new geologic map of surficial deposits in the nine-county San Francisco Bay region that can be used to evaluate earthquake hazards has been released in digital form by the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.

Date published: January 19, 2001

USGS Develops Faster Method for Estimating Streamflows

Estimating streamflows in areas where there are no gages once took days but now only takes minutes, thanks to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, who have developed a user-friendly streamflow-estimating system called "Streamstats."

Date published: January 17, 2001

Metal Concentrations Elevated In River Sediments and Fish Tissue From The Clark Fork and Spokane River Basins of Montana, Idaho, and Washington

Metal concentrations were found to be elevated in riverbed sediments and fish tissue samples at sites downstream from significant natural mineral sources associated with hard-rock mining activities in the Clark Fork and Spokane River basins, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior.

Date published: January 17, 2001

Earthquake Rattles New York City

A small earthquake, preliminary magnitude 2.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred between the southern tip of Manhattan and Queens, near Newark, New Jersey, at 7:34 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 17. Shaking was felt in New York City. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

Date published: January 16, 2001

Earthquake Shaking - Find the 'Hotspots'

In conjunction with the seventh anniversary of the 1994, 6.7 Northridge earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), has produced a two-page fact sheet that explains how geologic conditions in the Los Angeles basin affect the amount of shaking experienced by various areas of the basin.

Date published: January 5, 2001

Streamflow to Chesapeake Bay in 2000 Reflects Dry Autumn

In 2000, the average streamflow into the Chesapeake Bay was 42.2 bgd (billion gallons per day), which is 16 percent below the long-term average, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Date published: January 2, 2001

Concentrations of Nitrous Oxide in the Central High Plains Aquifer Are Increasing

Nitrous oxide is an important atmospheric trace gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect and the destruction of ozone. Researchers hypothesize that one important source of atmospheric nitrous oxide is ground water, yet few studies have tested this hypothesis.

Date published: December 21, 2000

California Ravens Are a Breed Apart

The common raven in California is not so common after all, according to a team of scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey and other research institutions involved in new genetics research.

Date published: December 19, 2000

USGS Model Forecasts Effects Of Selenium

The effects of selenium entering the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta) are forecast in a model released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).