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November 2004
vol. 49, no. 11

FEATURES

18 Methane Hydrate and Abrupt Climate Change
Large release of natural gas from ice-like structures located on the seafloor may have played an important role in global change millions of years ago.
Gerald R. Dickens

24 Gas Hydrates as a Future Energy Resource
With natural gas prices on the rise, many researchers are looking into the potential of making gas hydrates, both onshore and offshore, a viable resource.
Timothy S. Collett

28 TECHNOLOGY: Detecting Marine Gas Hydrates
So they may be a future energy resource and indicators of past climate change, but how do we find them?
Naomi Lubick


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
Building an Earth Observation System
The thousands of observation platforms monitoring the world’s oceans, land and air, need to join together as a system of systems.
Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbaucher Jr.


8 NEWS NOTES
Genesis crashes with pieces of the sun * Impacting the origin of life * Monitoring aboriginal rock art * Taking the fossil out of fuels * Parenting Psittacosaurus * Fuel economies, Part II * Fish advisories on the rise * Restricting satellite data access * Mount St. Helens erupts in activity

17 POLITICAL SCENE
Open Access: Open Debate?

Giving free and open access to any published research paid for with taxpayer dollars is more complex than it may seem.
Emily Lehr Wallace

34 GEOPHENOMENA
Beneath the Bermuda Triangle
Could giant bubbles of gas released from the seafloor be responsible for the infamous disappearances of ships and planes in the Bermuda Triangle?
Megan Sever

38 EDUCATION
Connecting People to Science in the Himalaya
One geologist took her work to the next level — bridging both cultural and scientific gaps between students in Nepal and the United States.
Beth Pratt-Sitaula

40 TRENDS
In Search of the Goodwill Moon Rocks: A Personal Account
An undercover agent for NASA recounts his experiences tracking down both bogus moon rocks and real moon rocks smuggled out of the countries that own them.
Joseph Richard Gutheinz

42 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Fusion stalemate
A “takeout” nuclear plant
Mineral of Month: Indium

44 PROFILES
Ernie Mancini: Bridging oil research and politics

46 GEOMEDIA
Books: The End of Oil?: An analysis of five recent books on world oil supply
Books: Uncertain Weather: A review of Our Affair with El Niño
Maps: Digital Mapping in Kentucky
On the Web: Teaching and tectonics

68 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Pick Up Your Pencils Please

From war to the SATs, modern pencils have a fascinating history that dates back some 500 years.
Lisa A. Rossbacher

DEPARTMENTS
 4 From the Editor
 6 Letters:
Perspectives from readers
32 Where on Earth?

50 Benchmarks: Looking back in Geotimes
51 GeoMarketplace

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