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vol. 50, no. 11
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
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
and Future Foreign Policy
U.S. federal agencies are joining
up to identify research that could help define decision-making on the international
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 *
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.
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.
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.
48 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Offshore oil inventories
Venezuela shares with its neighbors
Mineral of the Month: Magnesium
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
Donald Russell: Paleontologiste
November 13, 1985: Volcanic eruption in Colombia
Nevado del Ruiz erupts, triggering a deadly series of mudflows that destroy
76 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
South American Cowboys
Travel books can be helpful
guides when venturing into new lands.
6 Letters: Perspectives
38 Where on Earth?
60 Classifieds: Career
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