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Date published: February 27, 1997

1997 Marks 25th Anniversary of "Year of the Floods"

Since the devastating floods of 1972 that took nearly 500 lives, the human toll has declined in the United States, thanks in part to advances in science and technology as well as better partnerships among local, state and federal agencies working together to provide advance warnings to citizens.

Date published: February 18, 1997

Lecture: — Living With Geologic Hazards in San Mateo


Date published: February 13, 1997

Alaska and Washington Yield Largest U.S. Earthquakes. . . Most Significant Earthquakes of ’96 Rattle China, Indonesia

China and Indonesia suffered the deadliest and most destructive earthquakes in 1996, while the U.S. remained relatively quiet according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior. The last deadly earthquake in the U.S. was the 1994 Northridge, Calif., quake that took 60 lives.

Date published: February 13, 1997

Stronger Evidence That Global Climate Change Can Reduce the Variety of Life

A half-million-year record of some deep-water cousins of crabs called ostracodes provides some of the strongest evidence yet that global climate change can reduce the variety of life forms on Earth, according to a report released Thursday (Feb. 13, 1997).

Date published: February 13, 1997

USGS Scientist Describes Possibilities For Life On Mars

"There is mounting evidence that Mars is a water-rich planet that may have experienced warmer climates, and therefore, life, in the past,"according to Michael Carr, an astrogeologist with the U.S.Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

Date published: February 12, 1997

Symposium Highlights The Use of Watershed Ecosystem Studies For Improved Natural Resource Management

A special symposium, "Integrating Watershed Ecosystem Studies for Improved Natural Resource Management" will be presented in Seattle, WA, on February 15 as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Date published: February 11, 1997

"Waters of the Worlds" Is Theme of USGS Presentations At Seattle Science Meeting

Water quality and quantity on Earth and the possibility of water on Mars are the topics of presentations by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey at this week’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Seattle Convention Center.

Date published: February 6, 1997

U.S. Geological Survey 1998 Budget: Increased Support for Drinking Water, Earthquakes and Biological Sciences

The Clinton Administration has proposed a budget of $745.4 million for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Fiscal Year 1998 that calls for increasing the availability of water quality information, for expanding earthquake monitoring to reduce hazards and support the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty, and for increasing biological science in support of federal land managers.

Date published: February 3, 1997

USGS Water Resources Applications Software On The WEB

A suite of 51 software packages and related materials, used by the U.S. Geological Survey for hydrologic analysis and modeling, is now available for electronic retrieval through an on-line repository on the World Wide Web.

Date published: February 1, 1997

Hazards From Erupting Volcanoes Can Be Reduced, According to U.S. Geological Survey Scientists

Movie buffs, who will be bombarded by a series of big-screen and "made for TV" movies about volcanoes during the next few months, may wonder what is being done to reduce the risk of a real-world disaster the next time an eruption threatens local communities or the skies above.

Date published: January 29, 1997

Checking the Nations’s Streams... 1996 Was A Very Wet Year And Early 1997 Continutes 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.

Date published: January 24, 1997

USGS WEB Earns Award

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Reston’s largest employer, recently received the Reston Web Business Directory award for being the best Reston business site on the World Wide Web.