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November 2005
vol. 50, no. 11

FEATURES

18 The Increasing Costs of U.S. Natural Disasters
Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes are taking their toll not only on the U.S. infrastructure but also on the U.S. taxpayer.
The Princeton University Geoscience 499 Class
Plus! Forecasting Hurricane Damages

28 Watching for Landslide Weather in California
Landslides are powerful forces of destruction that California's unique climate and geology help promote.
Raymond Wilson and Richard Pike

34 New Eyes in the Sky, Land and Sea
Politics are vying with technology in a new international project to interconnect observations of weather and
climate.
Naomi Lubick


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
The Geosciences and Future Foreign Policy
U.S. federal agencies are joining up to identify research that could help define decision-making on the international stage.
John A. Kelmelis

8 NEWS NOTES
Louisiana's marshland mess * Comet full of fluff * Super-rotation for Earth's core * Shift in Chile's seismic history * Middens mark Southwest cold snap * New Appalachian tale * Earthly origin for desert formation * Salting a stagnant ocean * Neanderthal neighbors

17 POLITICAL SCENE
A Volcanologist Enters Energy Politics

As the United States faces the largest rebuilding project in its recent history, one scientist is gearing up on Capitol Hill.
Steve Quane

40 GEOPHENOMENA
Sediments Shed Light on Past Coastal Events
An imaging tool can look belowground to reveal how past storms shaped the coastal environment over time.
Ilya V. Buynevich

42 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Storm of Progress for Tornado Forecasts

Tornadoes are complex beasts that require advanced modeling to predict.
Kathryn Hansen

46 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Taking a 3-D Field Trip

Travel to Mars, the Grand Canyon and Lake Superior all inside the walls of any classroom.
Naomi Lubick

48 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Offshore oil inventories
Venezuela shares with its neighbors
Mineral of the Month: Magnesium

50 GEOMEDIA
Movies: Teaching scientists to be screenwriters
Books:
A deep-sea dream: A review of Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss
On the Web:
Weather
Maps:
Mapping the glacial history of Connecticut

56 PROFILES
Donald Russell: Paleontologiste français

57 BENCHMARKS
November 13, 1985: Volcanic eruption in Colombia

Nevado del Ruiz erupts, triggering a deadly series of mudflows that destroy Colombian towns.

76 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
South American Cowboys

Travel books can be helpful guides when venturing into new lands.
Lisa Rossbacher

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

58 GeoMarketplace

60 Classifieds:
Career opportunities

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