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Date published: January 19, 1996

In the Northeast: Lots of Snow Equals Lots of Water

The good news is that the slow melting of the heavy snowpack in the Northeast could release millions of gallons of water to help replenish streams and ground-water levels that have been running below normal in many areas of the Northeastern U.S.

Date published: December 31, 1995

Archived National News Releases for 1995

Web-archive copies of all 1995 National news releases.

Date published: December 11, 1995

MARS MYSTERY: WHERE’S THE CLAY?

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey are saying "Where’s the clay?" as they examine new data on the mineral composition of Mars. The amount of clay minerals on the surface of Mars is much lower than expected, and these low values may provide another clue to deciphering the mystery concerning life on Mars.

Date published: December 7, 1995

POTOMAC FLOW TWICE NORMAL IN NOVEMBER

Flow of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., was more than twice the average flow for November, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Date published: November 30, 1995

WASHINGTON FLOOD EXCEEDS 100-YEAR RECURRENCE LEVELS

Flood waters are peaking and beginning to recede in the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, area according to streamflow specialists of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a science agency of the Department of the Interior.

Date published: November 21, 1995

NEW ATLAS LOOKS AT GROUND-WATER RESOURCES OF FIVE STATES

The most important ground-water problems in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee are probably high concentrations of dissolved solids and large water-level declines near wells that pump large amounts of water from the aquifers (underground water-bearing rock layers), according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: November 21, 1995

TEXAS STILL THE PLACE FOR TURKEYS

A quick computer search of the nearly 2 million official place names in the United States shows that Texas is still the state with the most geographic features named "Turkey." From "Turkey Creek" to "Turkeyroost Mountain," Texas has 175 features named after the holiday bird, an addition of one since the last check in 1982. Arizona is second with 134 turkey names.

Date published: November 8, 1995

CARMEN, SAN DIEGO, AND 2 MILLION OTHER GEOGRAPHIC NAMES ON THE ’NET

Where in the United States are Carmen and San Diego? Now, you can get fast and accurate information on the Internet about Carmen, San Diego, and almost 2 million other domestic geographic names, via the new World Wide Web site for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Geographic Names Information System.

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Date published: November 3, 1995

POTOMAC FLOW IN OCTOBER HIGH BUT WELLS STILL LOW

Flow of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., averaged 4.5 bgd, nearly two and one-half times the average October flow of 1.9 bgd, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Date published: November 2, 1995

USGS SCIENTISTS TO DESCRIBE COASTAL EROSION, ANCIENT CRAWDADS, AND TRAVELING TAR BALLS AT NEW ORLEANS SCIENCE MEETING

Patterns of sediment deposition near the mouth of the Mississippi River, traveling tar balls and the evolution of ancient marine lobsters into today’s Louisiana crayfish are a sampling of some of the earth-science topics that will be presented by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey during a national science meeting in New Orleans next week.

Date published: November 2, 1995

FLOOD IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS AND STORMWATER STUDY IN DALLAS-FT. WORTH HIGHLIGHT USGS PAPERS AT AWRA CONFERENCE

31ST AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE Nov. 5-9, 1995

Date published: October 31, 1995

WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE: NEW STRATEGIES TO REDUCE RISK FROM NATURAL DISASTERS

The reality of natural hazards and the "hidden disaster tax" to this Nation from damage to buildings, homes, and lifelines will be the basis for developing strategies for risk assessment and decisionmaking in hazard prone areas at the National Science and Technology Conference, November 2 and 3, 1995, at the White House Conference Center, 726 Jackson Place, N.C., Washington, D.C..