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ShakeOut Podcast 2013
A worldwide earthquake drill, known as the Great ShakeOut, will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17AM local time. The drill is your chance to practice how to protect yourself in the event of an earthquake. Mike Blanpied, the Associate Program Coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program,...
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Mercury and Global Change
An interview with USGS scientist David Krabbenhoft about an article he co-authored in Science about global change's effects on mercury around the world....
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Career of the Cryosphere
An interview with USGS scientist emeritus Richie Williams about his career studying the Earth's cryosphere with remote sensing technology....
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USGS Releases Latest Bakken Oil and Gas Assessment
On April 30, 2013, USGS released an updated assessment of the Bakken Formation of North Dakota and Montana as part of the National Oil and Gas Assessment. We are joined by USGS Energy Resources Program Coordinator Brenda Pierce and Bakken Assessment Lead Stephanie Gaswirth to learn more about the a...
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Severe Weather Awareness Week
Severe weather season is upon us. Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, Robert Swanson, and National Weather Service Hydrologist David Pearson discuss tools to stay connected and the importance of having a safety plan in the event of severe weather....
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USGS Science Career Day
In this episode, high school students from Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland, Oregon, visit the USGS Oregon Water Science Center for a ‘Science Career Day’ event. Scientists work with the students and try to promote the appeal and benefits of a career in science. The day is broke...
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The Effects of the 2012 Drought in Nebraska
Director of the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, Robert Swanson, discusses how the drought of 2012 unfolded in Nebraska, the fallout, and what put this drought in a class with other major droughts during the past 100 years....
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ShakeOut Drill: Preparing for Earthquakes
The next Great ShakeOut earthquake drill will be held on October 18, 2012. During the drill, participants will ‘drop, cover, and hold on’ to practice how to protect themselves during an earthquake. To give us some details on ShakeOut, we are joined by two guests. First is Mike Blanpie...
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Organic Carbon and the World around Us
In this episode, we talk about organic carbon. The benefit of studying carbon extends to many issues, including tracing mercury contamination or investigating disinfection by-products in drinking water treatment. It is amazing what can be discovered by monitoring the volume and flux of carbon throug...
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A Year After the 2011 Virginia Earthquake: What More Do We Know?
A year after the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake, USGS geologist Dr. Mike Blanpied discusses USGS efforts currently underway to learn more about the cause of the event. Dr. Blanpied discusses how scientists are using the August 23 earthquake to inform estimates of the region's seismic hazard. ...
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A Year After the 2011 Virginia Earthquake: Will Shaking Continue?
A year after the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake, USGS geologist Dr. Mike Blanpied discusses whether a similar event could occur again in the region in the near future, and in an earthquake, what you can do to stay stay safe....
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Groundwater Availability study provides a comprehensive look at one of the most productive aquifers in the world
USGS Scientists Steve Peterson describes the groundwater availability study and its ability to help water-resources managers make the most informed decisions possible for the sustainability of the resource....
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Wha’’s in Our Water?
In this episode, we are going to investigate more than just the substance “water.” We are going to examine what is in our nations’ water, how we at the U.S. Geological Survey monitor it, and what tools we have developed to aid those who want to explore more about our planet’s most abundant resource....
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The Big Squeeze: Pythons and Mammals in Everglades National Park
The wet, subtropical wilderness of Everglades National Park is home to a diversity of Floridian wildlife, but one invader is causing severe changes in these native animal populations. Many of the park’s mammals are declining dramatically as a result of invasive Burmese pythons, according to a ...
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Science Integrity Matters
Scientific integrity runs deep at USGS. What is it exactly, and why is it so important? Find out in this episode of CoreCast. Host Kara Capelli talks with Linda Gundersen, Director of the USGS Office of Science Quality and Integrity....
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Science Helping to Save Lives in Africa
Drought in Africa is of increasing concern as millions are suffering from malnutrition and difficulty growing crops and supporting livestock. Stunted growth in children due to malnutrition was also recently linked to climate change. Join us as we talk with USGS scientists Jim Verdin, Jim Rowland and...
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Phytoremediation of Contaminated Groundwater
USGS Research Hydrologist Jim Landmeyer discusses how living plants can be used to clean up contaminated groundwater through a process termed phytoremediation....
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Culprit Identified: Fungus Causes Deadly Bat Disease
White-nose syndrome is a deadly disease in North American bats that has been spreading rapidly since its 2006 discovery in N.Y. State. Thus far, bat declines in the northeastern U.S. have exceeded 80%. For the first time, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and partner institutions have ident...
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Disease Detectives: Investigating the Mysteries of Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic diseases are those that are spread between wildlife and humans, and are an increasing health threat in the U.S. and throughout the world. As such diseases emerge, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and other wildlife health agencies must embark upon complex investigative wo...
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Responding to Hurricanes, Floods and Droughts in North Carolina
North Carolina, like many years before, is responding to flooding in the East and drought in the West. Holly Weyers, USGS North Carolina Water Science Center Director, discusses these extreme events....
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