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Date published: January 3, 1997

Behind The Scenes In The Pacific Northwest Flooding

The floods have crested and are beginning to recede in most places in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless dozens of U.S. Geological Survey personnel, who were busy over the holidays measuring the high streamflows and keeping river stage monitors operating, are still busy in the field and in their offices. Field crews have been hampered by mudslides, road closures, and extremely dangerous condition

Date published: December 31, 1996

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Date published: December 19, 1996

Christmas Bird Count: Another Holiday Tradition

Does Christmastime conjure thoughts of warmth, comfort, and sociable gatherings? If so, you’re not among America’s thousands of bird counters braving the cold and wet during the Holiday season.

Date published: December 18, 1996

Fresh Water, Not The Briny, Eroding San Mateo County Seacliffs

The good news is that sea water and wave action aren’t being too rough on some sections of the beach cliffs of the San Mateo County, Calif., coast; the bad news is that slumping caused by fresh water erosion is destroying some of the beach cliffs at rates of up to two meters per year, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

Date published: December 18, 1996

Dams and Rivers: Scientists Take A New Look Downstream

Dams provide many benefits -- reducing flood hazards, providing reliable water supplies, producing hydroelectric power, and providing places for flatwater boating -- but with those benefits come environmental consequences -- eroding river banks, changes in waterfowl habitat, concerns for safe recreational use, and the loss of river sand bars, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey

Date published: December 18, 1996

World’s Experts Plan Global Locator Service For Environmental Information

Experts from around the world have agreed on a standard for locating information, whether held in libraries, data centers, or published on the Internet. This lays the foundation for a virtual library of environmental data and information that will be easily accessible on global networks.

Date published: December 16, 1996

Radioactive Waste Disposal Problems In The Russian Far East

Radioactive waste, the legacy of the "Cold War," is a problem for all nations, and nowhere is the problem more of a reality than in the Russian Far East. 

Date published: December 16, 1996

USGS Researcher Introduces New Method To Assess Potential Losses From Liquefaction During Earthquakes

A new method of assessing the danger of ground failure due to soil liquefaction during an earthquake made its debut in San Francisco, Tuesday afternoon, December 17.

Date published: December 13, 1996

Volcanoes Not Expected to Alter Santa’s Flight Plan

Just in time for Christmas, Pavlof volcano in Alaska and Montserrat volcano in the Caribbean are more active but are not expected to alter or delay Santa’s trip around the world, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
Date published: December 13, 1996

Plate Tectonics Video To Premiere At AGU

"Secrets in Stone," a video that chronicles the series of scientific discoveries in the early 1960s that led to broad acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics, will be shown for the first time on Tuesday, December 17, 1996, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. The premiere showing will be held at 4:30 p.m., in Room 122 of the Moscone Center.

Date published: December 12, 1996

Seismic Images of Rocks Beneath Seafloor Shed Light on Earthquake Hazards in Pacific Northwest

An earthquake generated by two tectonic plates sliding past one another in the Pacific Northwest could be as large as magnitude 9, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: December 9, 1996

Scientists And Mappers Suggest Last Minute Gift Ideas

For last minute gift ideas, visit the U.S. Geological Survey map sales outlet in Reston for great presents for all your friends and family. The store, and its thousands of maps, is open weekdays from 8am until 4pm.