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Date published: March 17, 1997

USGS Renews Cooperative Agreement With USC

A cooperative agreement with the University of Southern California (USC) for the operation of the Southern California Earthquake Center has been renewed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 7, 1997

Value, Status and Function of Nation’s Wetlands Detailed in State-by-State Report

The role of wetlands in providing habitat for wildlife, reducing floods and erosion and improving water quality is documented as part of a comprehensive state-by-state assessment of the nation’s wetlands compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 5, 1997

World’s Earthquake Toll Already Exceeds All of Last Year

Earthquakes in Iran and Pakistan have already pushed the death toll for this year higher than all of 1996, according to Patrick Leahy, Chief Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 4, 1997

Floods Continue To Be National Challenge

"We are proud of our role as one of the primary federal agencies that worked hard with many others to help save billions of dollars in flood damage in the Pacific Northwest during last year’s flooding," said Dr. Robert Hirsch, Chief Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in testimony today (Mar. 4, 1997) before the House Subcommittee on Water and Power.

Date published: February 27, 1997

1997 Marks 25th Anniversary of "Year of the Floods"

Since the devastating floods of 1972 that took nearly 500 lives, the human toll has declined in the United States, thanks in part to advances in science and technology as well as better partnerships among local, state and federal agencies working together to provide advance warnings to citizens.

Date published: February 18, 1997

Lecture: — Living With Geologic Hazards in San Mateo


Date published: February 13, 1997

Alaska and Washington Yield Largest U.S. Earthquakes. . . Most Significant Earthquakes of ’96 Rattle China, Indonesia

China and Indonesia suffered the deadliest and most destructive earthquakes in 1996, while the U.S. remained relatively quiet according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. The last deadly earthquake in the U.S. was the 1994 Northridge, Calif., quake that took 60 lives.

Date published: February 13, 1997

Stronger Evidence That Global Climate Change Can Reduce the Variety of Life

A half-million-year record of some deep-water cousins of crabs called ostracodes provides some of the strongest evidence yet that global climate change can reduce the variety of life forms on Earth, according to a report released Thursday (Feb. 13, 1997).

Date published: February 13, 1997

USGS Scientist Describes Possibilities For Life On Mars

"There is mounting evidence that Mars is a water-rich planet that may have experienced warmer climates, and therefore, life, in the past,"according to Michael Carr, an astrogeologist with the U.S.Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

Date published: February 12, 1997

Symposium Highlights The Use of Watershed Ecosystem Studies For Improved Natural Resource Management

A special symposium, "Integrating Watershed Ecosystem Studies for Improved Natural Resource Management" will be presented in Seattle, WA, on February 15 as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Date published: February 11, 1997

"Waters of the Worlds" Is Theme of USGS Presentations At Seattle Science Meeting

Water quality and quantity on Earth and the possibility of water on Mars are the topics of presentations by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey at this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Seattle Convention Center.

Date published: February 6, 1997

U.S. Geological Survey 1998 Budget: Increased Support for Drinking Water, Earthquakes and Biological Sciences

The Clinton Administration has proposed a budget of $745.4 million for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Fiscal Year 1998 that calls for increasing the availability of water quality information, for expanding earthquake monitoring to reduce hazards and support the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty, and for increasing biological science in support of federal land managers.