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August 2004
vol. 49, no. 8

FEATURES

20 Understanding the Mysteries of the Grape
Geology and grapes connect in complex ways to produce the perfect glass of wine.
Larry Meinert

24 Making Wine in a Changing Climate
In a recent taste test, English sparkling wines bested French Champagnes — perhaps heralding a worldwide trend linked to global warming.
Gregory Jones

30 The Quest for Better Wine Using Geophysics
Probing below the ground can help winemakers better understand what makes their grapes tick.
Susan Hubbard and Yoram Rubin


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
Making an Impact on the Hill
The scientific community must champion itself to promote greater recognition and funding of its programs.
The Honorable Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.)

8 NEWS NOTES
Doubling the ice record * The missing methane link * Soils influenced Hawaiian chiefdoms * A loophole threatens Yucca Mountain * Fossil fetus of flying reptile unearthed * Burrowing K/T survivors * Pressure shifts in Yellowstone * New water model for Southwest * Sliding into Saturn * Fossil victory in Alabama

17 POLITICAL SCENE
Budget Procrastination

Policy-makers need to stop dragging their feet when it comes to passing the federal budget.
Emily Lehr Wallace

19 GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Best in Show

A 17-year-old from Fort Meyers, Fla., blew the competition away with her seafloor volcanism project at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Megan Sever

36 TECHNOLOGY
Wine Insurance in the Northeast

Even in the wet northeastern United States, vineyards need some extra protection against times of drought.
Naomi Lubick

40 GEOPHENOMENA
New explanations for Western drought

44 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Geology and Beer: How geology plays into the science of brewing and naming beers.
Mineral of the Month: Tantalum

50 PROFILES
Susan Solomon: Chemistry in the clouds

52 GEOMEDIA
Geologic wonders hit the highway
Bridging New Frontiers: A review of Geology and Health: Closing the Gap
Summer Reading in Arizona: A review of Desert Heat — Volcanic Fire
On the Web: Wine and the Olympics
On the Shelf: Geology and wine

64 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
California Wines: Well-Shaken and Stirred

Earthquake country and wine country collide in California — making for good drinking and high-risk living.
Susan Hough

DEPARTMENTS

 4 From the Editor
 6 Letters:
Perspectives from readers
38 Where on Earth?

47 Benchmarks:
Looking back in Geotimes
51 In Memoriam:
Jerry P. Eaton and Jesse Daniel Skelton
58 GeoMarketplace

59 Classifieds:
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