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South Dakota geologic map receives 50-year facelift
South Dakota's geology hasn't changed much during the past few thousand years, but our knowledge of it has grown so much since 1953 that a new geological map of the entire state became necessary. (2004-09-22)

Ancient crater points to massive meteorite strike
An eight-kilometer-wide crater suggests a meteorite strike devastated southern Alberta within the last 70 million years, theorize a UAlberta and Alberta Geological Survey team. (2014-05-07)

Geologists find hidden active strands of the Seattle fault zone
The geologically complex Seattle fault zone has caused destructive earthquakes in the past. It lies beneath Seattle and Bellevue, but most of it is hidden beneath glacial deposits, forests, water, and urban development. Richard Blakely and colleagues from the U.S. Geological Survey used the Earth's magnetic field, measured from a low-flying airplane, to map potentially dangerous areas of the Seattle fault zone. They report their findings in the February GSA Bulletin. (2002-02-08)

International rock stars meet to map the world
Between March 12 and 16 at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton, England, the British Geological Survey will host a kick-off event for perhaps the largest, most extensive and ambitious mapping project ever contemplated known as OneGeology. Supported by UNESCO and six other global umbrella bodies, OneGeology will create dynamic digital geological map data across the surface of the Earth. To date leading scientists from more than 55 countries around the world are involved. (2007-03-08)

Secretary Babbitt Praises The Selection Of Dr. Charles Groat To Head The U.S. Geological Survey
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt today praised President Clinton's intention to nominate Dr. Charles G. Groat to be the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). (1998-07-30)

One click away: Finding data on Florida's endangered species just got easier
A new online tool will make data on several of Florida's threatened and endangered species--including the Florida panther, American crocodile, and Key deer--more readily accessible to resource managers and planners. The tool, a searchable database known as (2012-09-18)

Rock stars of Jamaican geology
This new memoir from the Geological Society of America presents seven essays detailing the colorful history of geological exploration in Jamaica through the work of notable researchers, or (2010-03-09)

New geologic map of North America illustrates discoveries and advances in geoscience
The last definitive geologic map of North America was published before the theory of plate tectonics was widely accepted, back in the days when impact craters were known simply as (2005-02-01)

Addressing changes in regional groundwater resources: Lessons from the high plains aquifer
This Critical Issues Forum is a 1-½ day meeting that will cover multiple aspects of groundwater depletion in the High Plains and will include abundant time for participant discussion. (2016-08-18)

Kentucky Geological Survey involved in global climate change research
Kentucky geological studies are identifying large point sources of carbon emissions, assessing terrestrial and geologic opportunities for carbon storage, examining transportation issues, and evaluating public health and safety (2005-07-14)

Tracks, trails, and thieves
Ride the trails and rails across the Wild West with Ferdinand Hayden through this detailed recounting of the first government-sponsored geological survey of the Wyoming and adjacent territories in 1868. The discovery of new archival material has helped bring the day-to-day adventures of this unique survey to life. (2016-05-02)

Forecasting large earthquakes along the Wasatch Front, Utah
There is a 43 percent probability that the Wasatch Front region in Utah will experience at least one magnitude 6.75 or greater earthquake, and a 57 percent probability of at least one magnitude 6.0 earthquake, in the next 50 years, say researchers speaking at the 2017 Seismological Society of America's (SSA) Annual Meeting. (2017-04-13)

Giant SHRIMP Poised To Target Big Questions With Tiny Ion Beam
A brand new $2.5 million, 12-ton instrument called the SHRIMP arrived at Stanford this past April and is poised to answer fundamental questions about the origins of Earth and solar system. The SHRIMP is a Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe, arguably the most coveted instrument of its type in the world. (1998-06-03)

Study: Alaskan soil thaw sends carbon directly back into atmosphere
Researchers found that permafrost organic material is so biodegradable that as soon as it thaws, the carbon is almost immediately consumed by single-cell organisms called microbes and then released back into the air as carbon dioxide, feeding the global climate cycle. (2015-10-26)

Fragile Earth International Conference
This conference provides an international platform for research on global geodynamic processes and plate motion, regional plate boundary processes and their associated resources (e.g., oil, gas and geothermal energy), and on dynamics of fault networks and magmatic systems with their associated hazards (e.g., earthquakes and volcanic eruptions). (2011-08-09)

Fox Creek earthquakes linked to completion volume and location of hydraulic fracturing
The volume of hydraulic fracturing fluid and the location of well pads control the frequency and occurrence of measurable earthquakes, new Alberta Geological Survey and UAlberta research has found. (2018-01-18)

Anthropocene examined
In the March-April issue of GSA Today, Stanley Finney (California State University at Long Beach) and Lucy Edwards (US Geological Survey) tackle the hot topic of whether to define a new 'Anthropocene' epoch as a formal unit of the geologic time scale. (2016-02-29)

Short-necked Triassic marine reptile discovered in China
A new species of short-necked marine reptile from the Triassic period has been discovered in China. (2014-12-17)

Economic future of Afghanistan grounded in copper
A British Geological Survey project funded by the UK Department for International Development has been assisting the Afghanistan Geological Survey over the past two years with scanning, digitising and re-interpreting data from the Aynak Cooper Deposit. This deposit, located 35 km south of Kabul, consists of 240 Mt grading 2.3 percent copper. The development of a minerals industry in Afghanistan has a potential value of at least 300 million dollars a year. (2007-02-20)

Northeast Greenland detailed by specialists
This most recent volume in the Geological Society of America's Memoir series presents an overview of the East Greenland Caledonides within a modern plate-tectonic framework -- (2008-08-19)

Low elevations hold climate surprises
Contrary to expectations, climate change has had a significant effect on mountain plants at low elevations, says a new study led by a UC Davis researcher. (2010-10-27)

Kevin C.A. Burke to receive GSA 2007 Penrose Medal
Dr. Kevin Charles Antony Burke, University of Houston, Department of Geosciences, is recipient of the 2007 Geological Society of America Penrose Medal. The award will be given at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Co., at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 27, 2007. (2007-08-30)

Helping to forecast earthquakes in Salt Lake Valley
Salt Lake Valley, home to the Salt Lake City segment of the Wasatch fault zone and the West Valley fault zone, has been the site of repeated surface-faulting earthquakes (of about magnitude 6.5 to 7). (2013-04-17)

New method for dating ancient earthquakes through cave evidence developed by Israeli researchers
A new method for dating destructive past earthquakes, based on evidence remaining in caves has been developed by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Geological Survey of Israel. (2005-04-11)

A rising force: new study on ancient mantle plumes
Mantle plumes are bodies of hot buoyant material that rise through Earth's mantle. Much has been written about young mantle plumes, but those between 250 and 4000 million years old must also be considered to have a complete picture of the role of mantle plumes in Earth processes. Editors Richard Ernst and Kenneth Buchan (Geological Survey of Canada) addressed this need in a new book, Mantle Plumes: Their Identification Through Time, recently published by GSA. (2002-01-25)

Saharan dust makes big impact on Caribbean waters
Dust from the Saharan desert is bringing needed iron and other nutrients to underwater plants in the Caribbean, but bacteria may be the first thing to prosper from that dust. (2016-05-09)

Hi-tech opens up Earth's secrets
A JCU scientist has developed a hi-tech animation of millions of years of tectonic plate movements that could lead to new mineral discoveries and help predict volcanic eruptions. (2016-04-10)

New permafrost is forming around shrinking Arctic lakes, but will it last?
There is new permafrost forming around Twelvemile Lake in the interior of Alaska. But researchers have quickly concluded that, given the current rate of climate change, it won't last beyond the end of this century. (2014-06-10)

Southwest may face 'megadrought' this century
Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a 'megadrought' -- one that lasts over 30 years -- ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century. (2014-08-27)

Ernest Mancini to receive AGI's distinguished Ian Campbell Award
The 2004 Ian Campbell Award, the American Geological Institute's most distinguished award, is to be presented to Dr. Ernest A. Mancini for his contributions to academia, industry and government both as a leader and public servant. Mancini's exceptional commitment and dedication to the geological sciences has distinguished him amongst professional scientists. His various roles in the geosciences exemplify the goal of the prestigious Ian Campbell award which is given in recognition of singular performance in and contribution to the profession of geology. (2004-11-04)

Numerous markers provide evidence for a 'human' epoch
Millions of years from now, will the geological record of Earth's history display evidence of a 'human' epoch? (2016-01-07)

USGS Coalition to honor Reps. Dicks, Regula with Leadership Award
Representatives Norman Dicks (D-WA) and Ralph Regula (R-OH) will be presented with the first USGS Coalition Leadership Award on Monday evening, Sept. 15, 2008. The USGS Coalition is an alliance of 70 organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the unique combination of biological, geological, hydrological and mapping programs of the US Geological Survey. (2008-09-12)

Introductory geoscience enrollments in the United States
The American Geological Institute (AGI) has released a report on the state of introductory geoscience enrollment in the United States during the 2003-2004 academic year. (2005-03-31)

Climate change could deliver more sediment and pollution to the San Francisco Bay-Delta
Climate change could deliver more silt, sand and pollution to the San Francisco Bay-Delta, along with a mix of other potential consequences and benefits, according to a new study in the AGU journal Water Resources Research. (2020-09-02)

Landsat satellites track continued Missouri River flooding
Flooding along the Missouri River continues as shown in recent Landsat satellite images of the Nebraska and Iowa border. Heavy rains and snowmelt have caused the river to remain above flood stage for an extended period. (2011-07-20)

Wildland fire impact on watersheds: A special conference of the Geological Society of America
Wildland fires are an inevitable fact of nature; recently they've also been viewed as a national security issue. When watershed areas burn, the threat is particularly ominous. Many municipalities are unaware of what is likely to follow a fire and unprepared to deal with the consequences. In this conference, scientists will gather with land managers, resource specialists, and fire management planners to consider geomorphological processes that follow wildland fire and strategies for mitigating their effects. (2003-07-18)

How good is the fossil record?
Do all the millions of fossils in museums around the world give a balanced view of the history of life, or is the record too incomplete to be sure? This question was first recognized by Charles Darwin and has worried scientists ever since. (2014-09-04)

Mother Earth naked -- a modern masterpiece
Earth and computer scientists from 79 nations are working together on a global project called OneGeology to produce the first digital geological map of the world. This project is doing the same for the rocks beneath our feet that Google does for maps of the Earth's surface. (2008-07-31)

Nature of Eyreville cores, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, revealed
In 2005 and 2006, this multidisciplinary deep drilling project, conceived and organized by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program and the US Geological Survey, continuously cored three boreholes to a total depth of 1.766 km near the center of the Chesapeake Bay impact structure in Northampton County, Va. This new GSA Special Paper presents the initial results of geologic, petrographic, geochemical, paleontologic, geophysical, hydrologic and microbiologic analyses of these Eyreville cores. (2009-10-16)

Sometimes it takes an earthquake to know where the fault lies
The recent 7.1 earthquake at the newly named Lavic Lake fault in Southern California is a good reminder that even geologists aren't always sure which faults are active until there is an earthquake. (1999-10-25)

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