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Date published: July 2, 1998

Native Fish Found in U.S. Lake Ontario for First Time in 50 Years

A little five and a half inch fish is causing a whale of a delighted stir since U.S. Geological Survey scientists hauled the fish up from depths of nearly 500 feet in April. It marked the first time the deepwater sculpin, a species once abundant in Lake Ontario, had been seen in the U.S. waters of the lake in more than 50 years.

Date published: July 1, 1998

Life at the Bottom

Life at the Bottom of San Francisco Bay is a world of emigrants versus the natives, as exotic species replace and react to native species and alter the biotic balance of the Bay ‘s food chain. The history and effects of the exotic invaders is the subject of the U.S. Geological Survey ‘s free public lecture, Thursday, July 30, 7 p.m., at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo P

Date published: June 30, 1998

USGS to Map the Bottom of Lake Tahoe

The fabled waters of Lake Tahoe may soon become clearer as U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists make plans to map the mysterious floor of the lake, using the ocean exploration technology known as "multi- beam bathymetry." 

Date published: June 25, 1998

USGS Scientists Find New Invasive Fish Species in Florida

The Asian swamp eel, a non-native fish, has been found in canals, ditches, streams and ponds near Tampa and Miami, Fla. 

Date published: June 24, 1998

USGS Mapping Data Now Available Over the Internet

Ever wonder what an aerial view of your neighborhood might look like? Now with a few clicks users of digital map data will be able to locate aerial images over the Internet using the new Microsoft TerraServer web site unveiled today (June 24, 1998) by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Microsoft during Federal Enterprise Day in Washington, D.C.

Date published: June 23, 1998

China and U.S. Geological Survey ... Working Together on Environmental Issues

Children with deformed limbs, hands and feet covered with scaly lesions, cancerous growths -- these distressing sights are all too common in Guizhou Province in southwest China. 

Date published: June 22, 1998

USGS Scientists Find Gasoline Compounds in Lake Tahoe

Gasoline-related compounds were found in water samples from Lake Tahoe by U.S. Geological Survey scientists during the July through September 1997 boating season. MTBE (methyl tert -butyl ether), a gasoline additive, was found in non-toxic concentrations throughout the lake, as deep as 90 feet. 

Date published: June 18, 1998

USGS On Top of Floods in Eastern Massachusetts

Due to heavy rains pelting eastern Massachusetts in recent days, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) field crews have been leaning precariously over the sides of bridges throughout the region to obtain accurate measurements of the amount (discharge) and height (stage) of water in swollen streams.

Date published: June 15, 1998

Dr. Robert McLean Named Director of USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Dr. Robert McLean has been named director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis. McLean, who will assume his new duties in late July, will be responsible for overall Center management.

Date published: June 12, 1998

Tiny Teeth Forecast Ancient Comet Showers

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

Date published: June 10, 1998

Mud and Maps at USGS Ocean Fair Exhibit

Visitors to the U.S. Geological Survey’s exhibit booth at the Monterey Bay Oceans Fair will be able to "feel the bay," by squishing different types of San Francisco Bay muds through their fingers, view microscopic critters that live in those muds, and view maps of the seafloor, at the fair, from noon to 8 p.m., Friday, June 12, 1998, in Monterey, Calif.

Date published: June 5, 1998

Wanted: A Few Good Backyards

Residents of the San Jose area who would like to become partners with the USGS in monitoring earthquake activity in the Santa Clara Valley this summer can become part of that project by offering space in their backyards to the USGS.