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March 4, 2004

PubTalk 3/2004 — Mapping the American West

Clarence King and the 40th Parallel Survey

By James G. Moore, Geologist

  • After completing a geology degree at Yale and coming West in a wagon train, Clarence King worked with the California Geological Survey and was in the field party that discovered Mount Whitney
  • King led the United States Geological Exploration of the
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map of western U.S.showing sagebrush-dominated ecoregions
March 15, 2003

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions in the western United States (sagebrush cover types shown in various shades of yellow, pink, and blue-grey).

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts during Jeep Safari in Moab Utah
March 31, 2002

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts during Jeep Safari in Moab Utah

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts during Jeep Safari in Moab Utah. 

Climate change combined with overlapping high-intensity land uses are likely to create conditions detrimental to the recreation economy, wildlife habitat, water availability and other resources in hyper-arid landscapes, or drylands, in the future, according to a paper published in Ecosphere.

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False-color-composite satellite image, Great Salt Lake, Sept 1999
September 6, 1999

False-color-composite satellite image, Great Salt Lake, Sept 1999

This is a false-color-composite satellite image, Great Salt Lake, Sept 1999. Vegetation appears red.

False-colored-composite satellite image, Great Salt Lake, Sept 1987
September 29, 1987

False-colored-composite satellite image, Great Salt Lake, Sept 1987

This is a false-colored-composite satellite image of the Great Salt Lake, taken in Sept, 1987. Vegetation appears red.

False-colored-composite satellite image, Great Salt Lake, Sept 1972
September 13, 1972

False-colored-composite satellite image, Great Salt Lake, Sept 1972

This is a false-colored-composite satellite image of Great Salt Lake, Sept 1972. The vegetation appears red.

The Old Z - thumbnail
December 31, 1869

The Old Z

The Old Z, or a portion of the track at the head of Echo before the completion of the tunnel. Summit County, Utah. 1869. (Stereoscopic view)

Attribution: USGS Library
Three men posed under a canvas tent
October 31, 1868

Clarence King in camp, Salt Lake City, Utah

Clarence King in camp, Salt Lake City, Utah. United StatesGeological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel (King Survey). 1868. Plate 96: Clarence King in camp, near Salt Lake City, Utah. October 1868.
(Photo by T.H. O'Sullivan.) 

USGS
January 16, 2018

Great Salt Lake Earthshots

Enhanced satellite images of Great Salt Lake 1972-2016 

Image: Utah Prairie Dog

Utah Prairie Dog

Recovery efforts for the imperiled Utah prairie dog are greatly hampered by the effects of plague.

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USGS
March 22, 1999

Wendy Romney Hassibe, recently retired leader and manager with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver, Colo., died suddenly after suffering a stroke on March 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

USGS
October 16, 1997

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.

USGS
October 16, 1997

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.