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Date published: January 25, 1996

Chesapeake Bay Inflow Set January Record

Snowmelt followed by rains have resulted in record freshwater inflow to the Chesapeake

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Date published: January 23, 1996

How Do I Tell My Employees They Are Not Essential

If the Federal Government shuts down again, I have no idea how I will explain to my employees -- the highly talented and dedicated men and women of the U.S. Geological Survey -- why they are no longer considered essential to the well-being and future of the United States. The problem is, I don’t believe it for a minute myself.

Date published: January 22, 1996

Near-Record Flooding Documented in Northeast

Flooding on major rivers in the northeastern U.S. during the past weekend, particularly in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, produced near-record flows according to measurements by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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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

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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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