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Resources in Peril
A report by the National Research Council finds that volumes of U.S. geological data and collections are at risk of being discarded or unused.
Paul Cutler and Christopher G. Maples
Data Preservation: A Global Perspective
National repositories are spreading as countries seek to address a common challenge.
Christopher M. Keane
Access Makes an Old Collection New
The founding collection of the Illinois State Museum was in danger of being forgotten.
Brian Bisbee
The Crisis in Geological Collections
Collections of geological samples underpin the geological and paleontological sciences. But we face a crisis in preserving them.
Donald G. Mikulic and Joanne Kluessendorf

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Caribou Study Charges Energy Debate
A USGS wildlife study took center stage this spring as Congress debated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Lisa M. Pinsker

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Petroleum companies accumulate hundreds of drill cores and other data as they explore for oil. Some of these samples of Earth's subsurface are well stored in repositories like those pictured here in the background and foreground. But not all the data find a home. Read more. The fossil pictured is the Ammonite Sphenodiscus lenticularis, Maastrichtian Stage, South Dakota. Photo by Ed Gerken for the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research Inc.
 
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