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A listing of our past lecture series events.

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April 28, 2005

PubTalk — Earthquakes at the USGS

Blowing the Lid off Seismic Science for 40 Years

Ross Stein, representing the USGS Earthquake Hazards Team 

The Parkfield earthquake of 1966 launched a torrent of research at the USGS in Menlo Park. With the San Andreas Fault as a backyard lab and global earthquakes as a guide, the USGS has changed the landscape of earthquake science

March 31, 2005

PubTalk — Commotions in the Oceans

USGS Shipboard Research Sparked Scientific Advances

By William R. Normark, and
David W. Scholl, Marine Geologists

  • Alaskan work from the Survey's M/V Eider in the 1950's led to visualizing how great earthquakes and tsunamis originate along trenches
  • In the 1970's, researchers discovered deep-sea "black
February 24, 2005

PubTalk — When Rocks Fall and the Land Slides

Hear why California makes an ideal environment for landslides North face

By Gerald F. Wieczorek, Geological Engineer, and
Raymond C. Wilson, Landslide Geologist

  • Hear why California makes an ideal environment for landslides North face
  • Learn about rock falls, debris flows, and other landslides Rocks fall
January 29, 2005

PubTalk 1/2005 — Deciphering an Estuarine Ecosystem

35 Years of San Francisco Bay Studies

By John Conomos, Scientist Emeritus

 

  • USGS research in the Bay system began in the 1960s with a search for underwater earthquake faults
  • In the 1970s, the research team expanded to cover studies of water properties and quality, water mixing and flow, and estuarine ecology
November 18, 2004

PubTalk 11/2004 — From Plane Tables to Pixels

The Revolution in Mapping at the U.S. Geological Survey

by Susan P. Benjamin, Research Geographer

  • Mapping the United States in the 19th century was arduous, dangerous work; flash floods, bears, and bandits were just a few hazards
  • By the mid-20th century, aerial photography, photogrammetry, and stereophoto pairs, allowed
October 30, 2004

PubTalk 10/2004 — Hot Oil, Frozen Ground, and Earthquakes

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline story-- so far, so good!

by George Gryc, Arthur Lachenbruch, and Robert Page, Scientists Emeriti

  • The 1968 discovery of North America.s largest oil fi eld on the Arctic coast posed the challenge of an 800-mile pipeline to carry hot oil across mountains, rivers, and the giant Denali Fault
  • The oil
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
September 25, 2004

PubTalk 9/2004 — The Winemaker's Dance

Connecting Geology and Wine in Napa Valley

by David G. Howell, Geologist Emeritus

  • Does a glass of wine really contain 100 million years of geologic history ?
  • How did continental glaciation help shape the Napa Valley's soils?
  • Are the hills in Napa Valley that help control its microclimates really megalandslides
August 26, 2004

PubTalk 8/2004 — Precipice of Survival

What is the Future of the Southern Sea Otter?

Featuring the new award-winning USGS video Precipice of Survival. The Southern Sea Otter by Stephen Wessells, introduced and discussed by sea otter researchers including Alisha H. Kage and M. Tim Tinker, Research Biologists 

  • The southern subspecies of sea otter, Enhydra lutris
July 29, 2004

PubTalk 7/2004 — Secrets in Stone

The Role of Paleomagnetism in the Evolution of Plate Tectonic Theory Video Presentation

Presentation of the award-winning USGS video "Secrets in Stone" (35 minutes), introduced by Jack Hillhouse, Research Geophysicist, and followed by a tour of the USGS Paleomagnetics Laboratory

  • Crucial discoveries in the early 1960.s were made
June 24, 2004

PubTalk 6/2004 — From Strawberry Fields to the Ozone Layer

The Methyl Bromide Story

By Laurence G. Miller, Biogeochemist

  • Methyl bromide (CH3Br) is an important agricultural pesticide widely used in growing strawberries and other field crops
  • Methyl bromide---much of it from natural sources---is one of the gases contributing to destruction of Earth's ozone layer
  • No
May 27, 2004

PubTalk 5/2004 — Delta Revival: Restoration of a California Ecosystem

Video presentation and discussion

Ecologist Jim Cloern will introduce the video Delta Revival, produced jointly by the USGS and the CALFED Bay-Delta Authority. 

USGS Scientists wil answer your questions about this documentary, which shows:

  • biologists, chemists, physical scientists, and engineers working together
April 22, 2004

PubTalk 4/2004 — Science, Society, and the Survey

50 Years of the USGS in Menlo Park

By David G. Howell, Geologist

Hear about some of the scientific highlights from 1954 to 2004 --

  • The search for strategic minerals
  • Exploring the high seas
  • The birth of astrogeology
  • Advancing the theory of plate tectonics
  • From topo maps to digital GIS