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November 2002
vol. 47, no. 11

FEATURES

14 Global Petroleum Resources: A View to the Future
Amidst news reports that the world might soon hit its peak oil supply, two U.S. Geological Survey experts describe why determining how much oil and gas remain to be tapped is a task that is far from clear and easy.
Thomas S. Ahlbrandt and Peter J. McCabe

Plus: Oil in Iraq and in the Caspian

20 Domestic Natural Gas: The Coming Methane Economy
We will soon pass from an economy that primarily uses carbon-based fuels to one that primarily uses hydrogen-based fuels. What will hold us over during the transition?
William L. Fisher

24 Photo feature: Oil in the City
In the Los Angeles basin, a person can eat lunch next to a functioning oil rig and not know it.
Photos by Donald Clarke and John Jepson



NEWS & VIEWS

5 COMMENT
A New Solution to the Uncertain Fate of a Geologist’s Library
What will become of the libraries of retired geologists? Here is one idea.
George D. Klein

6 NEWS NOTES
Rivers of Gold * Evolution opponents score in Georgia* Many quakes, one theory * Pipeline proposal promises new life for the Dead Sea * Dinosaurs' world up in flames * Inorganic oil: Much ado about nothing?

13 POLITICAL SCENE
Homeland Security, Broadly Defined
How much will a federal Department of Homeland Security affect the geosciences?
David Applegate

28 GEOPHENOMENA
Glacial valley avalanche in Russia * China's air needs a chimney sweep

34 ENERGY AND RESOURCES
Coalbed Methane
Talk is increasing on coalbed methane as the future of U.S. natural gas.
Lisa M. Pinsker

60 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Style in Geowriting
Our geowriting expert strives to be called a transparent writer.
Hugh Hay-Roe

DEPARTMENTS

  2 From the Editor
  4 Letters:
Perspectives from readers
26 Where on Earth?

30 Society Page: News from geoscience societies
32 In Memoriam: Charles S. Content, George Phair
36 Benchmarks: Looking back in Geotimes

37 Calender

38 Geomedia:
Scientists and reporters
42 GeoMarketplace
44 Classified Ads:
Career Opportunities
59 Contributors Page



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