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  Geotimes - May 2007 - Print Table of Contents
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May 2007
vol. 52, no. 5

FEATURES

24 The Plague: Could It Happen Again?
Plague ravaged Europe for nearly 500 years, brought about by climate change and the expansion of global travel. Given the extent of globalization today and the fact that the climate is changing, health officials and the public wonder if there is a risk of history repeating itself.
Megan Sever

30 Geologists Weigh in on Diet and Disease
Geoscientists are contributing to medical research, using the integrative systems-based approaches pervasive in earth science. One such approach applies stable isotope geochemistry to questions of blood sugar regulation within the human body.
Hope Jahren

34 On the Path of Bird Flu
To try to track the spread of avian flu and avoid a pandemic like the flu of 1918, geoscientists are using satellites and other new techniques to track the global migration of birds.
Kathryn Hansen


NEWS NOTES

8 NEWS
Kenyan erosion portends problems * “Clovis first” in doubt * Geology department to close at SUNY-Albany * Martian pole boasts icy detail * Peru's ancient solar observatory * Yellowstone fires leave microbes nitrogen-hungry * Birds evolve small genomes pre-flight * Deep Earth may hold an ocean * Lava cooks up carbon nanotubes * Slow earthquakes, tiny tremors

18 GEOPHENOMENA
Volcanic eruptions spark dirty thunderstorms
A new eye on hurricanes

20 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Supreme Court rules in landmark climate case
Alabamans await new gas
Mineral Resource of the Month: Phosphate Rock

VIEWS

7 A COMMENT ON...
Volcanoes in a Changing Global Climate
Volcanologists need to stay involved in discussions about climate change, as volcanic eruptions can certainly impact the climate and people around them.
Jessica F. Larsen

45 A POLITICAL COMMENT ON...
Proposals to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the 110th Congress
Climate change discussion in Congress has included wide-ranging proposals, but just what will pass remains a key question.
Josh Trapani

60 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
The Beginning of the Trek
People who live near the Appalachian Trail often take it for granted — they can jump on anytime and hike for as long or short a trek as they’d like. For those who live near the trailhead, however, getting on the trail is a journey in itself.
Lisa Rossbacher

 

  DEPARTMENTS

4 FROM THE EDITOR
6 LETTERS: Perspectives from readers
22 WHERE ON EARTH?

40 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Geothermal Energy Still Hot
Although geothermal energy is the latest victim in the federal budget squeeze, proponents want to remind everyone that the resource is still there, just needing to be developed — and the energy potential is significant.
Carolyn Gramling

42 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Engineering a Lunar Challenge
In April, high school and college students from around the world descended on Huntsville, Ala., to participate in NASA’s annual Great Moonbuggy Race.
Cassandra Willyard

46 GEOMEDIA
DVDs: Geo Families: A Tie That Binds
TV: A twisted vision of geology: Saul of the Mole Men
On the Web: Geologists create global Web site

50 GEOMARKETPLACE
51 CLASSIFIEDS: Career opportunities

58 DOWN TO EARTH WITH...
Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell

59 GEOLOGIC HISTORY
May 10, 1978: Hurricanes named after men too

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