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A Journey Through Time: Paleoecology of Estuaries
 An increasing human population has made its mark on the estuaries of North Carolina, and the history of changing estuarine water quality is recorded in their sediments. Researchers from the Duke University Wetland Center are studying diatom fossils and other chemical and biotic elements of these sediments, hoping that the estuarine histories these deposits reveal can help the state manage its coastal lands and waters.
by Sherri R. Cooper

Without Firing a Shot: Seismic Exploration of the Illinois Basin
Geologists know little about the depths of the Illinois Basin; but, historically, southern Illinois and surrounding states have experienced moderate-magnitude temblors and some of the century’s largest central midcontinent earthquakes. Researchers with the Illinois State Geological Survey are making new discoveries about the area’s geology — not by acquiring new data, but by taking a new look at old data: a large collection of logged wells and seismic profiles recently released by the petroleum industry.
by John H. McBride

Improving Public Geoscience Education: 
Utilizing University Resources and Support
Educating today’s students and the public about earth science is a growing challenge. Two Ph.D. candidates at Michigan Technological University describe how they reach out to and educate the community outside of their university. They suggest strategies for tapping university resources and for motivating professors and students to collaborate with their local schools and communities.
by William S. Houston and Colleen M. Riley


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