7 News Shorts
8 Midwest deluge: another 500-year flood?
10 Forensic seismologists: Utah mine collapse source of “earthquake”
11 A backdoor approach to creationism in the classroom
12 Chemicals melt out of glaciers
13 Mammoth DNA proves cause of death?
14 Why China quaked: a perfect seismic storm
15 New England “Dark Day” mystery solved
15 Did you know?
16 Reopening the door to foreign oil companies
18 Redrawing Australia
19 When the sky rained beads of carbon
20 Big quake … little quake
21 Oil production dropped last year
22 Going platinum
23 Predicting Old Faithful’s fidelity
24 Temperature drop due to measurement error
25 An unnatural disaster in Indonesia
26 Time to build Yucca
27 Mineral resource of the month: strontium
74 A POLITICAL COMMENT ON...
Opportunity in Change: Telling the Next Administration What it Needs to Know
The next presidential administration probably represents the best opportunity in a generation for the geosciences to be heard by federal decision-makers, regardless of which party wins the White House.
P. Patrick Leahy
75 A COMMENT ON...
It’s the Energy, Stupid!
It is not singularly politics, the economy or the environment that matters most, as many people think. Although each is a vital issue, our focus must be on energy.
76 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Catching Humpty Dumpty
We put off preventative maintenance of our “personal infrastructure” as long as possible, begrudgingly digging into our wallets often only after catastrophe strikes. Our nation is just as irresponsible at maintaining its infrastructure.
4 FROM THE EDITOR
5 LETTERS: Perspectives
28 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Tracking Deadly Lahars
Researchers knew a torrential mudflow on New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu was imminent, so they set up monitoring equipment. When the lahar struck last year, they captured the world’s most complete dataset of just what happens when mudflows cascade down volcanic slopes. The new data should help researchers better predict this sleeping danger.
Movies: Wall-E: Save the Robot, Save the World
Books: Africa Atlas: Worth a Thousand Words
Web: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Spot a Geologist
TV: When NASA Left Earth
Books: The Great Warming: The Climatic Rise and Fall of Civilizations
62 CROSS-SECTION: A puzzle
63 WHERE ON EARTH?
August 3, 1908: Priests Uncover the “Old Man of La Chapelle-aux-Saints”
65 DOWN TO EARTH WITH...
Astronaut and planetary scientist Stanley Love
67 CLASSIFIEDS: Career
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