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Date published: August 1, 1997

July River Flow to the Chesapeake Bay Reflects Recent Dry Spell

Total river flow into the Chesapeake Bay was about 16.2 billion gallons per day (bgd) in July, 31 percent below the normal inflow for July (23.4 bgd), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The long-term average is based on 47 years of information.

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Date published: August 1, 1997

Protecting People, Reducing the "Disaster Tax..." USGS Director Praises Crucial Work During Flood

The flood may be over but the hydrologic work continues on and is more critical than ever, was the message that U.S. Geological Survey Director Gordon Eaton gave to the troops in Bismarck Friday (Aug. 1, 1997).

Date published: July 31, 1997

Volcanoes on the Web

Pyroclastic explosions, lava flows and ash clouds are among the subjects of the newest website established by the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. The new website, http://volcanoes.usgs.gov , which was developed by the USGS Volcano Hazards Team, becomes active on August 1.

Date published: July 30, 1997

Tennessee Earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8 occurred in northeastern Tennessee, Wednesday, July 30, 1997 according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: July 28, 1997

New Chief Geographer For Nation’s Largest Civilian Mapping Agency

Gordon Eaton, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), announced today (July 28, 1997), that Richard E. Witmer will serve as Chief Geographer and Chief of the USGS National Mapping Division.

Date published: July 22, 1997

Interior Secretary Babbitt, USGS Director Eaton Praise Scientist, Friend

Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and USGS Director Gordon Eaton have joined with scientists and leaders from around the world to mourn the loss and praise the career of Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, who was killed in an automobile accident in Australia last Friday (July 18, 1997).

Date published: July 18, 1997

More Than 700,000 Aerial Photos Available Through Internet

The public can now search and order images from the world’s largest inventory of recent aerial photographs covering the United States through a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) site on the World Wide Web.

Date published: July 16, 1997

USGS Simplifies Notification System For Geologic Unrest in Long Valley Caldera

Experience over the last several years with the current system for describing the level of geologic unrest, such as earthquake swarms, ground deformation and gas emissions in the Long Valley caldera of eastern California, has shown it to be awkward and susceptible to misinterpretation by both the news media and the public.

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Date published: July 15, 1997

Planet place names in the U.S. ... Mars May Be Just Around The Corner

Can’t find a travel agent booking flights to Mars? Try exploring one of the 478 planet places right here in the United States.

Date published: July 8, 1997

Potomac River Flow Well Above Average In June

Potomac River flow near Washington, D.C., was well above normal in June at 7.3 billion gallons per day (bgd), one and one-half times the normal flow for this time of year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Date published: July 8, 1997

Digging for Earthquake Clues On The Hayward Fault

A team of Bay Area earthquake scientists will be looking for more than old golf balls when they open an exploratory trench on the second fairway of the Mira Vista golf course in El Cerrito, this week. Golf course officials have rerouted the sedonc hole in order to give the geologists a 10-day window for the study.

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Date published: July 2, 1997

Web Workshop Accessible To All

Take the work out of workshop as you attend this one from the comfort of your home or office. http://geochange.er.usgs.gov/sw and a click of the mouse get you into the web workshop on "The Impacts of Climate and Land Use Change in the Southwestern U.S."