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Plants Use 'Snorkels' To Survive Floods
When flooded by water, some plants send up shoots above the surface and use the new leaves as a kind of 'snorkel'. Dutch biologists, subsidized by NWO, are going to investigate the way plants control this adaptive behaviour. It is hoped that the insights gained will make it possible to select crops which can cope with floods. (1999-04-12)

U.S. Natural Disaster Planning Bit Of Disaster Itself, Study Finds
CHAPEL HILL -- When University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor David Godschalk and colleagues agreed to conduct the first complete study of how the nation's 11-year- old basic natural disaster law was being implemented, they expected to discover both poor and good planning. What they found revealed that natural disaster preparation across the United States is something of a disaster itself. (1999-02-05)

USGS In Puerto Rico Provides Vital Stream Flow And Rainfall Information During Hurricane Georges
Hurricane Georges produced heavy rains over Puerto Rico, especially in the interior of the island. The U.S. Geological Survey raingage network* reported 24-hour rainfall totals that ranged from less than 5 inches in most of northern Puerto Rico to about 25 inches at Jayuya near the island's geographic center. (1998-09-30)

Preparation Pays Off In Puerto Rico -- USGS River Data Keeps Flowing
Electricity may be out and communication lines cut off by the tremendous winds and torrential rains of Hurricane Georges, but thanks to good foresight in (1998-09-22)

University Of Michigan Vaccine Triggers Immune System
Using a vaccine made from specialized white blood cells called dendritic cells spiked with cancer proteins, University of Michigan scientists have found a way to activate the immune system to attack malignant tumors and prevent the development of new tumors in mice. Clinical trial under way to test in humans. (1998-08-04)

Magma's Makeup Yields New Clues To Catastrophic Eruptions
Countering summer blockbusters' claims that humanity's greatest threats are asteroids lurking in outer space, University of Rochester scientists have found an equal threat may lie roiling underfoot. They've linked the world's greatest mass extinctions to rock that originated near Earth's core and crept upward, lying in wait before dousing the planet with lava. (1998-07-22)

Sand Grains Reveal How Humans Change Australia
Australian scientists are pioneering a new way to date single grains of sand to enable researchers to accurately reconstruct major events in river valleys and flood plains. (1998-06-29)

Warming Could Flood New York Metro Area In Next Century, Columbia Scientist Reports
Subways, airports and low-lying coastal areas in the New York metropolitan area could experience flooding if global warming produces more violent storms and higher sea levels, as expected, according to a new analysis of global warming scenarios by a Columbia climate scientist. (1998-03-27)

Inflatable Dams Help Avert Flood Damage
Although there is no one sure fix to the problems of flooding, veteran Virginia Tech civil engineer Ray Plaut is a strong advocate of inflatable dams. Despite the heavy losses from flooding in America, inflatable dams are used the most in Japan. (1998-01-31)

Record-Breaking Flows Along Black And Upper Hudson Rivers In New York
Widespread flooding is occurring throughout New York State as a result of heavy rainfall and melting snow on January 7-9. USGS crews are measuring floodflows tor provide information to Federal, State, and local agencies. (1998-01-09)

Natural Variability Is Key To River Restoration
The key to managing river ecosystems is to return them to their natural flow patterns, as much as possible. That is the conclusion of a six-university panel of river experts whose report, (1997-12-05)

USGS Scientists Gear Up For El Nino
From the West Coast to South Florida, the U.S. Geological Survey is gearing up as part of the scientific front line in studying and reducing the impact of El Nino. (1997-11-06)

Temperature Of Pacific Ocean Influences Midwest Rains, Scholar Says
A correlation between summertime sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and precipitation rates in the Midwest may lead to improved seasonal predictions of drought and flood potentials, say researchers at the University of Illinois. (1997-09-05)

Mars Global Surveyor Mission Set To Begin Orbiting Sept. 11
For researchers like the University of Colorado at Boulder's Bruce Jakosky who are involved in NASA's unmanned Mars Global Surveyor Mission slated to enter planetary orbit Sept. 11, patience is a virtue. (1997-09-04)

As The Red River Floodwaters Recede, USGS Continues Measuring Flood Effects With Cooperation Of State Agencies
The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with several bi- state agencies, is making additional streamflow and water- quality measurements to assess the overall impact of the flood. (1997-05-06)

Restoring Farm Land To Natural Wetlands Key To Stemming Flood
Some of the lessons learned from the catastrophic flood of the Upper Mississippi River in 1993 may be sinking in, according to a University of Illinois researcher (1997-05-02)

Tracking The Red River Flood Northward
As the unprecedented floodwaters of the Red River slowly begin to subside in Grand Forks, N. Dak., crews from the U.S. Geological Survey are tracking the northward movement of the water, taking measurements to help improve forecasts of the flood for evacuations upstream (1997-04-25)

Flooding In North Dakota Exceeds All Previous North Dakota Floods By Far
The current floods in North Dakota far exceed previous floods that occurred in 1950, 1969, 1978, 1979 and 1996, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (1997-04-23)

Floods Continue To Be National Challenge
USGS scientists -- some just recently returned from working on the Western floods -- are reporting the highest flows of record in several states, including West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio (1997-03-04)

Scientists Struggle To Measure Latest West Coast Flooding
Recent floods in the Pacific Northwest damaged or destroyed about 146 streamflow measuring stations in early January, hampering attempts to provide basic floodflow measurements during the current floods, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (1997-02-06)

1996 Was A Very Wet Year And Early 1997 Continues The Pace
Streamflow was well above normal in about half the country last year and with the major flooding in California, Nevada and the Pacific Northwest over the New Year and again in late January, the trend seems to be continuing right into 1997, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey. (1997-01-29)

Behind The Scenes In The Pacific Northwest Flooding
The floods have crested and are beginning to recede in most places in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless dozens of U.S. Geological Survey personnel, who were busy over the holidays measuring the high streamflows and keeping river stage monitors operating, are still busy in the field and in their offices. Field crews have been hampered by mudslides, road closures, and extremely dangerous conditions. Many sites cannot be reached. (1997-01-03)

Dams And Rivers: Scientists Take A New Look Downstream
Dams provide many benefits but with those benefits come environmental consequences -- eroding river banks, changes in waterfowl habitat, concerns for safe recreational use, and the loss of river sand bars, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (1996-12-18)

Fertilization Protein Structure To AID in Leukemia Treatment
The structure of a protein recently discovered by C. D. Stout at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, is providing insights into the details of the interaction between sperm and egg. Remarkably, the same structure may hold a key to new treatments for leukemia, a kind of cancer that attacks the blood (1996-10-30)

Brain Damage May Be Reduced In Heart Surgery
Brain damage that occurs during certain heart surgeries may be reduced by stopping a natural chemical from overstimulating brain nerve cells to the point of self-destruction, a Johns Hopkins animal study suggests (1996-10-09)

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