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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

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 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 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 . . .

Date published: March 3, 1998

All-Time High Streamflow Records Set in Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River

February streamflow in the Potomac River at Washington, DC, and total flow into the Chesapeake Bay were the highest on record for February, according to the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

Date published: March 2, 1998

Babbitt Announces Long-Term USGS Lease at Menlo Park

Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt today was joined by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in announcing a long-term lease that will keep the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in its historic Menlo Park, Calif., location. USGS Acting Director Tom Casadevall joined Babbitt and Eshoo for the announcement at an all-employees meeting at the Menlo Park campus.

Date published: February 13, 1998

"Doctor Watershed" Named AAAS Fellow

On February 14, 1998, Dr. Ray Herrmann, a United States Geological Survey scientist whose speciality is watershed research, will be inducted as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) during its annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Date published: February 13, 1998

Pounding Out Differences, ITIS Take Hammer

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet," said Juliet to Romeo in an impassioned speech. But Gary Waggoner, a pragmatic scientist, is quick to point out that not all roses are scented, so the Bard’s sentiment was sweeter than his science.

Date published: February 13, 1998

Summary of USGS Presentation and Activities, AAAS, 1998

From Seafloor Mapping to Hammer Awards and AAAS Fellowships........