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Date published: October 16, 1997

USGS Cartographer’s Computer "Wizardry"... Asteroid Impact And Flying Dinosaurs Come To Salt Lake City

The asteroid impact that occurred 65 million years ago comes to life on the computer screen, Tuesday, Oct. 21, as a research cartographer with the U.S. Geological Survey demonstrates his latest HyperCard animation at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Salt Lake City.

Date published: October 16, 1997

Salt Lake Geologist To Give Updates On Mars Pathfinder; Sojourner

When Henry J. Moore was growing up on Third Avenue during the 1930s, he says he didn’t pay much attention to the comic-book space dust being kickedup by Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Twenty years later, however, Moore’s interest in the dust and landforms of Planet Earth set him on a course that would eventually land in the dust on Mars; in a matter of speaking.

Date published: October 9, 1997

Disease Takes Its Toll on Waterfowl Populations

If U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service predictions hold, this year 92 million ducks will migrate south from their northern breeding grounds. Many factors will challenge the survival of these migrants, one of which is disease. According to Dr. Lynn Creekmore, hundreds of thousands of waterfowl are presently dying from avian botulism in flyway staging sites in southern Canada and the northern U.S.

Date published: October 8, 1997

Chesapeake Bay Sediment: Home to Pfiesteria-Like Microbes

Analysis of Chesapeake Bay sediment cores collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies (CEES) indicates that some of the sediment samples dating back hundreds or thousands of years contain Pfiesteria-like organisms and other microbes. 

Date published: October 7, 1997

U.S. Geological Survey Consolidates Western Fishery Programs at Biological Research Center in Seattle, WA

The U.S. Geological Survey has reorganized its western fishery research programs and renamed its biological research facility at Seattle, Wash., to reflect the changes.

Date published: October 3, 1997

El Nino May Trigger Landslides... USGS Map Indicates Susceptibility and Incidence of Landslides

Floods, coastal erosion and heavy precipitation aren’t the only predicted consequences of the El Nino phenomena. Landslides and debris flows could happen in areas where intense rainfall occurs.

Date published: October 2, 1997

Single-Engine Airplane Scheduled For Flights Over Central Wisconsin

A single-engine airplane, operated under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will fly over three areas in central Wisconsin and two smaller areas in northern Wisconsin during a two-month period beginning in early October.

Date published: September 29, 1997

Earthquake in Manassas, Virginia

A very light earthquake, preliminary magnitude 2.5 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred at 1:45 p.m. EDT today in Manassas, Va., 25 miles west of Washington, D.C.

Date published: September 26, 1997

Salinity of Water In Western Colorado Linked to Active Geologic Collapse

High concentrations of dissolved salts in the lower Colorado River basin have been linked to regional geologic collapse near Glenwood Springs, Colo., according to scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Colorado Geological Survey.

Date published: September 26, 1997

U.S. Geological Survey Announces Shoemaker Awards

Two new awards from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) honor the memory of Dr. Eugene M. Shoemaker, whose abilities as both a scientist and a communicator inspired his colleagues and the public around the world.

Date published: September 26, 1997

What We Know So Far... Nutrients, Ground Water, and the Chesapeake Bay - A Link with Pfiesteria?

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other federal and state agencies involved in Chesapeake Baystudies are working together to understand the delivery of nutrients from the land into the Bay and the relationship of nutrients to Pfiesteria-like organisms and ultimately fish health.

Date published: September 19, 1997

A New View Of Alaska, USGS Presents Digital Elevation Map to Alaska Governor

A new, computer-generated, digital map of Alaska was presented to Gov.Tony Knowles and John Shively, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, today by Gordon Nelson, State Representative for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Attribution: Region 11: Alaska