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February 2005
vol. 50, no. 2

FEATURES

18 Fossil Hunting in Antarctica
A team of paleontologists explored the barren Antarctic to look for fossils of marsupials that once traveled through the continent, but instead found another fossil surprise.
James E. Martin and Judd A. Case

22 Passion for Paleo: Amateur Fossil Collectors
Collecting fossils is a hobby beloved by people of all ages and backgrounds and one that has boomed into big business at shows and on the Internet.
Lisa M. Pinsker

28 Twenty-five Years of Mass Extinctions and Impacts
The causes of major extinction events throughout geologic history are more complicated than simple asteroid collisions.
Spencer G. Lucas


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
Frontiers of Paleontology
From genetically charting ancient creatures to creating vast cyber-databases — many challenges and new lines of exploration lie ahead for a field scientists recently thought was in decline.
Warren D. Allmon

8 NEWS NOTES
Tsunami devastates Asia * Kyoto ratified * NASA debates Hubble's fate * Cicadas speed forest growth * Budget battles * Mummy tar in ancient Egypt * Reaching past heights * Mid-ocean ridge spread or jam? * Bugging out with warmer weather * Touching Titan

17 POLITICAL SCENE
For Starters: Lame Duck
The lame duck Congress was action-packed, with budgets and intelligence reform on the floor.
Katie Donnelly

36 GEOPHENOMENA
Locating “spritely” lightning * Mount St. Helens still erupting — a lot * Japanese volcano up close

40 TRENDS AND INNOVATION
Miracle Microbes at Work

Microorganisms could be the key to cleaning up contaminated groundwater and soils.

42 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Paleontologist for a Day
Throughout the western United States, dinosaur “dude ranches” offer families the opportunity to dig fossils for a day.
Megan Sever

44 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Burying carbon dioxide, Part I
Yukos under fire
Mineral of the Month: Potash


48 PROFILES
George H. Billingsley: Mapping the Grand Canyon
In Memoriam: Thomas Wilson Dibblee Jr.

46 GEOMEDIA
On Exhibit: Denver of Old
Books: From Pompeii to the World Trade Center: A review of Ghosts of Vesuvius
Books: Paleontology On the Shelf
On the Web: Jurassic Park and an awesome library

57 BENCHMARKS
February 20, 1962

John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit Earth.

68 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Working — and Writing — in the Rain

Hardened tools seem custom-made for the hardy geologist.
Lisa A. Rossbacher

DEPARTMENTS

 4 From the Editor

 6 Letters:
Perspectives from readers
34 Where on Earth?

58 GeoMarketplace
59 Classifieds:
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