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Date published: March 31, 1998

Research Reveals Link Between Development and Contamination in Urban Watersheds

A U.S. Geological Survey study of urban watersheds across the United States reveals a link between a class of organic contaminants and urbanization. The organic contaminants are known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH’s).

Date published: March 27, 1998

USGS Raises Reston Heart Rates at Open House

Attention runners! The USGS in Reston, Va., will resound with footsteps as the 1998 USGS Open House 5K Race and 2K Fun Run get underway, Saturday, April 25, at 8:30 a.m. The running events, which are sponsored by the Interior Department Recreation Association, will enliven the atmosphere of the USGS Open House, which occurs April 25-26.

Date published: March 20, 1998

Comet that triggered mass extinction was much larger than originally thought...

Minuscule fossil animal teeth, known as conodonts, indicate that a 370-million-year-old comet that slammed into Nevada could be as much as five times larger than scientists initially suspected.

Date published: March 19, 1998

Dr. Milton Friend To Chair Salton Sea Science Subcommittee

Dr. Milton Friend, director of the USGS National Wildlife Health Center, has been named by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to serve as chairman of the Salton Sea Science Subcommittee.

Date published: March 18, 1998

Mega Earthquake Not Likely For Southern California

Southern California is not likely to experience a "huge earthquake,"according to two scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 17, 1998

From Alabama to Alaska, Earthquakes Get Close Examination from USGS Scientists

The potential for earthquakes in many parts of the United States, a review of the more than 10,000 earthquakes that have occurred near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., during the past year, and updates on the monitoring of earthquakes, mine explosions and earthquake-induced landslides are part of 32 presentations by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey at the annual meeting of the Seismological...

Date published: March 17, 1998

USGS and Whatcom County Plan Ground Water Study

How soil fumigants affect ground water is the focus of a new study to be conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Whatcom County.

Date published: March 16, 1998

San Andreas Fault on the Move at Parkfield

Although the San Andreas fault near Parkfield, Calif., has not yet produced a predicted magnitude-6 earthquake, geodetic measurements now indicate that fault movements near Parkfield sped up in 1993, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientist Evelyn Roeloffs.

Date published: March 16, 1998

USGS Maps Show Where Earthquakes May Trigger Landslides in Southern California

Earthquakes, as well as heavy rains, can cause landslides, but with the completion of a new U.S. Geological Survey mapping project, scientists and planners can see where those landslides might be triggered by southern California’s next large earthquake.

Date published: March 13, 1998

Discovering Biological Diversity AAAS Topic for USGS Manager

Gladys Cotter, Assistant Chief Biologist for Information at the USGS, joins with Bonnie C. Carroll of Information International Associates to direct the AAAS session that examines methods of opening international information access on questions of biological diversity.

Date published: March 6, 1998

Happy 119th Birthday, U.S. Geological Survey!

Founded by the great scientific explorer of the American West, Maj. John Wesley Powell, the U.S. Geological Survey celebrates its 119th birthday today. Right here in Reston, the tradition of scientific exploration continues, with ongoing studies of the nation’s biological, water, and mineral resources and the mapping of Earth and other planets.

Date published: March 4, 1998

Wealth of USGS Water Information Now Available Online

160 million daily records of water data available online . . .