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Want To Host A Seismograph In Your Home? Become A NetQuaker
2012-08-27 15:24:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As this weekend's earthquakes still captivate the headlines, a new program is emerging that implores citizens to act as scientists to try and predict the next big quake. The program, called NetQuakes, is a crowdsourcing earthquake-monitoring program where ordinary people volunteer to help monitor quakes. The grassroots movement uses volunteers to act as hosts for one of the program's blue seismometers. NetQuake is an effort...

National Research Council Punts On Fracking-related Earthquakes
2012-06-18 13:44:12

DM Crumbliss The National Research Council folded to pressure from the fossil fuel industry and pro-fracking Congress members last week by releasing a “more study needed” report on fracking and earthquakes. The report was requested by members of Congress. The stakes are simply high enough that the council is unwilling to strongly state the obvious. The report says, “Keep fracking, these earthquakes are no big deal.” Earthquake activity has jumped significantly in...

Climate Change Will Have An Effect On Basin Water Availability Nationwide
2012-05-21 03:13:33

Climate change projections indicate a steady increase in temperature progressing through the 21st century, generally resulting in snowpack reductions, changes to the timing of snowmelt, altered streamflows, and reductions in soil moisture, all of which could affect water management, agriculture, recreation, hazard mitigation, and ecosystems across the nation. Despite some widespread similarities in climate change trends, climate change will affect specific water basins in the U.S....

2012-03-26 18:20:07

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO) TUESDAY, MARCH 27: EAST COAST EARTHQUAKE 2011 Profile America -- Tuesday, March 27th. Those who watch weather and natural phenomena are keeping a close eye as things unfold this year. 2011 was unique in terms of the range and strength of events, including huge snowfalls, massive tornado...

2012-03-09 08:00:00

AWRA's first of its kind forum will bring together Google Geospatial Team, Microsoft Research Connections, U.S. Geological Survey, and other national and international experts to explore what's possible. Middleburg, VA (PRWEB) March 09, 2012 Rapid and timely response to large-scale water-related emergencies is becoming dependent upon the coupling of two things: the availability of advanced geospatial information services (GIS) linked to water and climate data, and the accessibility of...

2011-12-10 02:22:25

More peer-reviewed scientific studies of the effects on wildlife of large-scale solar energy developments and operations are needed to adequately assess their impact, especially in the desert Southwest, according to a scientific literature review conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and published in the journal BioScience. In their literature review, the authors of the paper, USGS scientist Jeffrey Lovich and Maryville College scientist Joshua Ennen, found that out of all the scientific...

2011-11-15 05:30:00

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today introduced a new large-format, map-printing service for the construction, surveying, agriculture, and field research trades. The new service is available through MyTopo, a Trimble company, at www.MyTopo.com. MyTopo's Website has a simple five-step process to design custom maps for areas in the U.S. and Canada. Base map options include U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Department of Natural Resources Canada...

2011-09-26 11:00:00

Independent Review Lists Recommendations to Guide Conservation, Drilling Decisions WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group and Ocean Conservancy released a white paper today recommending concrete steps the Obama administration should take to address science gaps and inform conservation and development decisions in America's Arctic Ocean. The white paper is the work of 14 scientists, all experts in Arctic marine ecosystems. "When it comes to the...

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2011-07-20 14:24:36

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. A Landsat 5 image of the area from May 5, 2011 shows normal flow. In contrast, a Landsat 7 image from July 17 depicts flood conditions in the same location. A national overview map of streamflow provided by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) WaterWatch graphically portrays the...

2011-05-13 14:00:00

GREENBELT, Md., May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent Landsat satellite data captured by the USGS and NASA on May 10 shows the major flooding of the Mississippi River around Memphis, Tenn., and along the state borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas as seen from 438 miles above the Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The flood crest of 47.87 feet on May 10 is the second highest rise in recent history; the highest being 48.7 feet in...