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Medical Geology
Earth and its materials have affected human health for thousands of years. Recent events have put the spotlight on the evolving field of medical geology and earth scientists are key players.
Robert B. Finkelman, et al.

Earth Materials and Public Health
Not all earth materials are friendly to humans. Here we look at the current status of some infamous culprits and some emerging problems.
Geotimes staff

African Dust in America
When drought hits the Sahara, the number of asthma attcajs increases on some Caribbean islands. Armed with remote sensing images that track global movement of dust storms, reasearchers are investigating links between dust and human health.
Joseph M. Prospero

Mapping Arsenic in Groundwater

The USGS last year released findings on arsenic in groundwater. When policy-makers begin to act on these data, scientists find that presentation can make all the difference.
Sarah Ryker

The November Geotimes features stories on how the geosciences affect human health.

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Nov. 21
Poll reveals low public understanding of science
Nov. 15

Genetic sequencing at sea
Nov. 7
Fossil cockroach
Nov. 1

Glimpsing ancient oceans

News Notes
Applying geology at the World Trade Center
Unraveling Earth's inner core
Reflections on the Tagish Lake meteorite
Mantle in motion
More evidence for end-Permian impact
Field Notes

Planning for a Crowded Pacific Rim
An international summit jump starts efforts to protect growing populations from natural hazards.
David G. Howell

Political Scene
Run for Office!
Geologists are perfect candidates for making changes at the local level.
David Applegate

Draining Mount Pinatubo
Corals on High
Typhoons in Taiwan


ON THE COVER: Mineral Density: A backscattered electron image of bone showing its mineralization density, which relates to its strength. This image is a sample from biopsies of women in a clinical trial for a new osteoporosis medication, courtesy of Susan Ott, a professor of medicine, and Scott Kuehner, a geologist, both at the University of Washington. See story.

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