USGS Evening Public Lecture Series

2008 Video Archive

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January 31, 2008

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The Indonesian Mud Crisis

Long-lived mud "eruption" inundates housing and infrastructure

By Thomas J. Casadevall, Geologist

In May, 2006 hot, dark mud appeared from a fissure covering more than 10 square kilometers, displacing more than 30,000 people. The ongoing mud extrusion has also damaged or broken important transportation and communication infrastructure, displaced an oil pipeline, caused the closure of numerous factories, and impacted agricultural development.

The USGS was invited for a fact-finding visit to assess the ongoing geological, social, economic, and political issues associated with the mud extrusion.

February 28, 2008

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Alaska's Rivers of Ice

USGS scientist Bruce Molnia, discusses the impact of changing climate and conditions on Earth's glaciers

By Bruce Molnia, Geologist

See excerpts from this full-length film feature showing:

March 27, 2008

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Wetland Revival
Restoring San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds to Wetlands Habitat

A video production introduced and discussed by Steven E. Schwarzbach, Director, USGS Western Ecological Research Center

Nearly 15,000 acres of salt ponds in the southern San Francisco bay were purchased in 2003 for restoration by a partnership of Federal, State, and nonprofit organizations

This new USGS video product documents how science is playing a crucial role in restoring these wetland areas and shows that...

April 24, 2008

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The Hayward Fault in Google Earth
Visualizing Past, Present, and Future Earthquakes

USGS scientists David Schwartz, Heather Lackey, Luke Blair, and Scott Haefner take you on a virtual tour of the Bay Area's most urbanized fault

May 22, 2008

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Global Warming
Western Style

Michael Dettinger, USGS Research Hydrologist

June 26, 2008

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Cleanup on Aisle 9
The Long Lasting Legacy of Nuclear Waste

Dave Stonestrom, USGS Research Hydrologist

July 24, 2008

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A Moroccan Adventure
Searching for a blue-eyed turtle in the Sahara Desert

by USGS Herpetologist Jeffrey Lovich and visiting Cadi Ayyad University (Marrakech) Professor Mohammed Znari

August 28, 2008

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How the Earth Copes with Our LUSTs
The amazing capabilities of subsurface life

by Barbara Bekins, USGS Research Hydrologist

LUST= Leaking Underground Storge Tank

September 25, 2008

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Ready for the Next Big Bay Area Earthquake?
The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake was not the Bay Area's "Big One" but a repeat of the destructive 1868 Hayward earthquake may qualify!

by Tom Brocher, USGS Seismologist

October 30, 2008

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Prehistoric Packrat Piles --
Archives of Climate Change

by Kenneth Cole, USGS Research Ecologist

November 13, 2008

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Taking the Biological Pulse of Our Planet
The USA National Phenology Network

by Jake Weltzin, NPN Executive Director

December 18, 2008

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Gemstone Deposits of the United States
Commercial production - localities visited by mineral collectors

by Pete Modreski, USGS Gemstone Specialist

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