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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).

Date published: December 18, 2000

Christmasberry - Bah Humbug And a Seasonal "DON'T" This Time of Year

Originating along riverbanks in Brazil a plant called Christmasberry, or Brazilian peppertree, is used to deck halls and homes in this holiday time of year. Earlier this month, Christmasberry was even offered for sale at a "swap-meet" in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, where it was labeled "Maui mistletoe."

Date published: December 7, 2000

A Bird of A Different Feather: DNA Research Reveals New Bird Species in Colorado

Neither a tree-dweller nor a night bird, and roughly the size of a chicken, the Gunnison sage-grouse is not a particularly secretive bird yet just recently has it been identified as a new species of bird. 

Date published: December 7, 2000

Earthquake Shakes Evansville Area

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.9 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred about 5 miles west of Evansville, Indiana at 8:08 am local time (Central Standard Time). The earthquake was felt in parts of southern Indiana and western Kentucky. The USGS has received no reports of damage at this time.

Date published: December 7, 2000

USGS Research Finds that Contaminants May Play an Important Role in California Amphibian Declines

Scientists have confirmed that agricultural contaminants may be an important factor in amphibian declines in California.