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Preliminary geologic investigation of the Apollo 12 landing site: Part A: Geology of the Apollo 12 Landing Site

This report provides a preliminary description of the geologic setting of the lunar samples returned fromt he Apollo 12 mission. A more complete interpretation of the geology of the site will be prepared after thorough analysis of the data.
Authors
E.M. Shoemaker, R. M. Batson, A.L. Bean, C. Conrad, D.H. Dahlem, E. N. Goddard, M. H. Hait, K.B. Larson, G. G. Schaber, D. L. Schleicher, R. L. Sutton, G.A. Swann, A. C. Waters

Preliminary geologic investigation of the Apollo 12 landing site: Part B: photometric and polarimetric properties of the lunar regolith

Several special, as well as general, photometric and polarimetric studies of the lunar regolith in the vicinity of the Apollo 12 landing site have been undertaken by means of the black-and-white photographs obtained on the geologic traverse during the second extravehicular activity (EVA) period.
Authors
H. E. Holt, J. J. Rennilson

Progress report on the North American Breeding Bird Survey

No abstract available.
Authors
C.S. Robbins, W.T. Van Velzen

The red fox

No abstract available.
Authors
A. B. Sargeant

The thin eggshell problem

It has long been known that DDT and related chemicals can impair the reproduction of birds. In early years of organochlorine pesticide use, widespread mortality occurred immediately following heavy applications of these chemicals, and survivors contained substantial amounts of toxicant in their tissues. Repopulation from untreated areas tended to conceal the extent of the effects. DDT and dieldr
Authors
L. F. Stickel, L.I. Rhodes

Economic potential of the Red Sea heavy metal deposits

No abstract available.
Authors
James L. Bischoff, Frank T. Manheim

Land subsidence due to withdrawal of fluids

Land-surface subsidence due to the withdrawal of fluids by man has become relatively common in the United States since 1940 and has been described at several other places throughout the world. This paper reviews the known examples of appreciable land subsidence caused by fluid withdrawal. Those related to exploitation of oil and gas fields include Goose Creek, Texas; Wilmington, California; Lake M
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J. F. Poland, G. H. Davis

Land subsidence due to the application of water

Loose, dry, low-density deposits that compact when they are wetted mantle extensive areas in North America, Europe, and Asia. This process, here referred to as hydrocompaction, has produced widespread subsidence of the land surface. Hydrocompaction may occur under natural overburden load or may occur only with the addition of a surcharge load.Deposits that subside because of hydrocompaction are ge
Authors
Ben Elder Lofgren

Television observations from Surveyor

Five successful Surveyor spacecraft landed on the Moon between June 1966 and January 1968 and returned over 87,000 pictures from the lunar surface. Surveyors I, III, V, and VI landed on mare surfaces; Surveyor VII landed in the southern highlands on the flank of the crater Tycho, the youngest, large bright-ray crater on the Moon.
Authors
Eugene Merle Shoemaker, E. C. Morris, R. M. Batson, H. E. Holt, Kathleen B. Larson, D. R. Montgomery, J. J. Rennilson, E. A. Whitaker

Modern coastal mangrove swamp stratigraphy and the ideal cyclothem

The general stratigraphy of the “ideal” cyclothem of Late Paleozoic age can be recognized in a modern succession of sedimentary units underlying the coastal mangrove swamps of southwestern Florida. Because coal deposition is associated with the formation of cyclothems, this stratigraphic similarity has geologic importance with respect to coal formation.The lower part of the succession in Florida c
Authors
David W. Scholl

Geologic Settings of Subsidence

This paper reviews the role of geologic processes that contribute to subsidence in order to aid those starting investigations of ground-surface subsidence. Subsidence occurs, or at least is discovered, only infrequently, and little organized information has been available. In order to assess our present state of knowledge, the author gathered fragmentary bits of information from many sources widel
Authors
Alice S. Allen