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Date published: September 2, 1997

Lake Anne Mirrors Nationwide Decrease in Lead Concentrations in Lakes and Reservoirs

Reston’s Lake Anne mirrors a significant decline in lead concentrations observed in the sediments at the bottom of several lakes and reservoirs across the nation. However, levels have not returned to the baseline levels of the 1950’s and 60’s according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report.

Date published: September 2, 1997

Unique Coral Formation Discovered

Scientists explored a unique reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Date published: August 27, 1997

U.S. Has 65 Active Volcanoes...Reducing The Risk From Active Volcanoes

Every year, about 50 volcanic eruptions testify to the restless power within our dynamic planet. On average, about 10 eruptions each year cause deaths and significant damage. Since 1980, volcanic activity worldwide has killed more than 29,000 people and forced more than 1 million people to flee from their homes.

Date published: August 25, 1997

Media Advisory: Volcano Experts Available

The U.S. Geological Survey has a number of expert volcanologists who can explain how volcanoes work, why eruptions in Alaska, the Cascades and the Caribbean are more violent than eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes, and what the USGS is doing to protect the lives and property of people who live in the shadow of an active volcano.

Date published: August 20, 1997

Latest Science to Aid Restoration of South Florida/Everglades

Managers and planners representing Federal, state, and local government agencies and private organizations will gather in Fort Lauderdale on Monday for a 3-day conference (August 25 - 27) to discuss the latest results of more than 50 scientific investigations by the U.S. Geological Survey in South Florida.

Date published: August 19, 1997

USGS Has Plenty of Rocks, But Needs Tennis Balls

The U.S. Geological Survey isn’t the kind of place where you’d expect to find a crying need for tennis balls, but one of the agency’s cartographers is begging for the fuzzy green orbs; a ritual he goes through every three years.

Date published: August 19, 1997

Planet Earth Is Focus Of Open House At USGS

The processes that formed the Earth and the technologies that enable scientists to map its surface and probe the depths of the planet are the focus of more than 200 exhibits at the U.S. Geological Survey’s open house in Menlo Park, September 13 and 14.

Date published: August 15, 1997

Chesapeake Bay Advisory: Water From Pocomoke River Will Be Tested For Toxics

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working with scientists from George Mason University and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to collect a water sample from the Pocomoke River and analyze the sample for a variety of commonly used pesticides.

Date published: August 11, 1997

The USGS Will Provide $120,000 To Augment Research on the Fish Lesion Problem Plaguing Maryland’s Pocomoke River in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

"We are extremely concerned about this issue, especially in light of the fish kill which began Wednesday (Aug.6) near the mouth of the Pocomoke River," said USGS Chief Biologist Dennis Fenn.

Date published: August 8, 1997

USGS Open House Set For Mid-September

More than 200 exhibits dealing with topics from ocean floor photography to the geology of Mars will be highlighted at the U.S. Geological Survey’s open house at its Western Region Center in Menlo Park, Calif., September 13 and 14. 

Date published: August 8, 1997

USGS Needs Help!!!

The U.S. Geological Survey needs help to prepare for and assist at its big open house, September 12, 13 and 14, at the USGS Western Region Center in Menlo Park.

Date published: August 6, 1997

USGS Exhibit At Mount Rainier Visitor Center Explains The History and Hazards of That Volcanic Mountain

The volcanic processes that created Mount Rainier and may pose a hazard to some residents of the Pacific Northwest are highlighted in a new exhibit that will be unveiled at the Sunrise Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park, on Saturday, August 9, 1997.