|Microbes & Geology|
|August 1997||Table of Contents||Volume 42||Number 8|
National Parks: Geology Matters
Microbes All Around
by H. Catherine W. Skinner and Jillian F. Banfield Geoscientists are just beginning to probe the significance of microbes to our understanding of Earth and Earth processes. Studies of microbial activity should help us learn more about the generation of our oxygen atmosphere, mineral formation and distribution, and global climate change.
Navigating the Murky Waters of News Embargoes
by Richard A. Kerr Scientific journals impose restrictions on releasing research results before papers are published. Such embargoes make it difficult for scientists to communicate openly with their colleagues and inform the public of new advances.
The Value of Independence: The Institute for the Study of
Earth and Man
by James E. Brooks For over 30 years, the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man has effectively supported geological and anthropological research at Southern Methodist University. The institute's history shows how such organizations can help universities' expand their resources and programs.