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Date published: September 4, 1996

USGS Rolla Mapping Center Receives Vice President’s Hammer Award

The 350 employees of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mid-Continent Mapping Center, U.S. Department of the Interior, received Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award in Rolla on September 4. The Mid-Continent Mapping Center employees were honored for their team-based approach to streamlining operations and making them more responsive to customers.

Date published: September 3, 1996

Latest Score: Mill Creek 1,473, Spring Creek 1,312

The Nation has nearly 2 million names for its geographic features -- mountains, town, deserts, streams and everything in between.

Date published: August 28, 1996

Walter P. Ketterer, Retired USGS Scientific Publications Chief

Walter P. Ketterer, 80, of Reston, Va., died on August 17, 1996, at the Hospice of Northern Va., of kidney failure. Ketterer was the former chief of the scientific publications program of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: August 16, 1996

June Floods Trigger Pollution Peak On Potomac River

An unusual influx of atrazine, nitrogen and phosphorus to the Potomac River was carried by flood waters in mid-June and briefly elevated concentrations of these agricultural chemicals, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date published: August 14, 1996

Print-On-Demand Maps Coming From 3M and USGS

Print-on-demand maps are coming soon, thanks to a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Geological Survey and 3M of St. Paul, Minn.

Date published: August 9, 1996

Glaciation, Permafrost and Climate: New Report Describes Diverse Alaskan Terrain

From glaciers and lava flats to white spruce woodlands and bog communities, a new U.S. Geological Survey report will aid scientists, managers and planners in organizing environmental data.

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: August 2, 1996

On the Potomac, Even Low Is High In July

Potomac River flow, Chesapeake Bay freshwater inflow, and ground-water levels were well above normal in July, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: July 22, 1996

Freshwater Flow to the Bay Has Already Surpassed 1995 Total

The total freshwater inflow to the Bay through June of this year (18,100 billion gallons) has already exceeded the entire freshwater inflow to the Bay during 1995 (15,300 billion gallons) according to the U.S.Geological Survey.

Date published: July 18, 1996

Dry Southwest vs. High Flowing Big Three Rivers and Chesapeake Bay

Dry conditions persisted in the Southwest during June, marking the ninth straight month that many of the streams in this area of the country have been in the below normal range. 

Date published: June 27, 1996

Rainfall in Eastern United States Less Acidic in 1995

Significant decreases in sulfate and hydrogen ion concentrations in precipitation in the Eastern United States in 1995 particularly along the Ohio River Valley and in the Mid-Atlantic States indicate that reductions in sulphur dioxide emissions have resulted in rainfall being less acidic in these areas, according to a report prepared for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: June 20, 1996

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Date published: June 19, 1996

Richard P. Sheldon, Retired USGS Chief Geologist

Richard Porter Sheldon, 72, of Washington, D.C., died at home on June 8, 1996. Sheldon was formerly Chief Geologist of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va., and was widely recognized as an expert on world phosphate resources. He had lived in Washington since 1968.