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January 2006
vol. 51, no. 1

FEATURES

18 The Three Faces of Dinosaurs
The study of dinosaurs has come a long way from its early days in 19th century England, undergoing a renaissance of discovery in recent years.
Spencer G. Lucas

22 Drawing Dinosaurs
Over the past 200 years, artists have altered their portrayal of dinosaurs from sluggish lizards to energetic ancestors of birds, in step with scientific discoveries.
Greg Paul

30 On the Trail of Dinosaurs
Dinosaur footprints have revolutionized our understanding of the ancient beasts — from how fast they ran to where they lived.
Martin Lockley


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
Time Out of Mind

Connecting people to the struggle to understand geologic time is key to effectively communicating about Earth.
Alan Cutler

8 NEWS NOTES
Warming linked to disease outbreaks * Seismic warnings * Mammoth meteorite unearthed * Godzilla had flippers * Planet warms, plants move in * Sizing up a crater * Volcanoes slow sea-level rise * Fire-starting hotspot * Old "footprints" stomped out?

17 POLITICAL SCENE
The Rise and Fall of FEMA

A look at the history of the U.S. federal disaster agency can inform the debate over the future direction of governmental disaster response.
Linda Rowan

38 GEOPHENOMENA
Kashmir landslide snapshot
Icy breakup

40 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Monsters, Gods and Dinosaurs

Myths reveal the earliest explanations people sought for ancient creatures, from gold-guarding griffins to one-eyed monsters.
Megan Sever

42 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
U.S. Science Gap on Global Stage
American students need to keep up with their international peers in math and science if they are to stay competitive globally.
Kathryn Hansen

44 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Oil pricing in the hot seat
Mineral Resource of the Month: Cement

46 GEOMEDIA
Books: Fine feathered adventures in China: A review of Unearthing the Dragon
On the Web: Digimorph and Gas Buddy

48 PROFILES
Gerald Friedman: Sediment historian

49 BENCHMARKS
Jan. 10, 1901: Texas oil gusher

The Spindletop site in Beaumont, Texas, becomes the first major U.S. oil discovery.

60 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
10 Earth Issues to Watch

Heading into the new year, several geoscience issues rise to the top as important trends to track.
Lisa A. Rossbacher

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

50 GeoMarketplace

51 Classifieds:
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