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November 2006
vol. 51, no. 11

FEATURES

18 Building a Natural Gas Pipeline Through Earthquake Country
Engineering a route for Alaska's proposed natural gas pipeline is no easy task, particularly when it will run through the most earthquake-prone region in North America.
Rod Combellick

24 Sizing Up Oil on Alaska’s North Slope
Northern Alaska’s unique geology has made it a leader in U.S. petroleum production for the past 30 years, but its remaining time at the top might be short.
Kenneth J. Bird and David W. Houseknecht

30 Alaskan Villages Weigh in on Mining Debate
Alaskan natives are struggling to improve their economies through mining, while maintaining a traditional subsistence lifestyle.
Kathryn Hansen


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
Guarding Against Tsunamis: What Does It Mean To Be Ready?

Technical systems to warn residents of an impeding tsunami are not enough.
Laura S. L. Kong

8 NEWS NOTES
Crystals heat up volcanic eruptions * Conveyor belt shutdown not imminent * Priest resigns amid evolution talk * Forest fires release mercury * Methane burps below the ice * Airing out an early atmosphere * Canada's diamonds face old age * Mineral clock not set in stone

17 POLITICAL SCENE
A Winding Path to the Energy Hill

The route to the energy sector and politics came unexpectedly to one geoscientist.
Allyson K. Anderson

36 GEOPHENOMENA
Storms on Earth stir up space weather
Rare earthquake rattles Gulf of Mexico

38 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Looking for Geophysical Signs of Life

Understanding how bacteria that live underground emit electrical signals is fueling a new field of study that could apply to everything from enhancing bioremediation to looking for life on Mars.
Carolyn Gramling

42 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Sustainable Mobility: Hybrid Vehicles Compete
Some students are thinking ahead, developing the automotive technologies of the future.
Jennifer Yauck

44 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Easing oil’s flow
Did you know?: Gas thefts
Mineral resource of the month: Barite

48 GEOMEDIA
Books: Evolving a higher understanding between religion and science: A look at The Evolution Dialogues
Books: Surveying seismology and society: A review of After the Earth Quakes
On the Web: Volcano monitoring with a mouse

52 PROFILES
Mark D. Myers: Politics, pipelines and permafrost

53 BENCHMARKS
November 12, 1799: Leonids on the record

68 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Thinking space
Is packing the trunk of your car for a roadtrip a personal specialty? Then you might be a geoscientist, or at least think like one.
Lisa Rossbacher

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

54 GeoMarketplace

56 Classifieds:
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