No Arctic drilling for Shell? *
The little dino that could *
Nevada wells test positive for polonium *
Auto ruling paves the way for efficiency standards *
Volcanoes may have swallowed early Earth’s oxygen *
Acid rain alters coastal waters *
How does your continent grow? *
New views of Uranus’ rings *
Sudden climate change not Neanderthals' downfall *
ConocoPhillips pays to expand refinery *
Water pours through pores in sea ice * Tsunami risk high in Myanmar *
Using wine “goggles” to find minerals *
The sounds of the sands *
Plate reversal not easing threat of earthquake *
Mineral Resource of the Month: industrial sand and gravel
7 A COMMENT ON...
Coastal Development: The Galveston Case, Part II
The world’s coastlines are being developed, despite calls from scientists to protect natural systems. The public needs to heed these calls, or disaster could await.
41 A POLITICAL COMMENT ON...
Science Legislation: America COMPETES, Geeks Rule and Everybody Wins
Congress passed and the president signed the America COMPETES Act this fall. The act is designed to promote science and technology education and, if funded as designed, is a win-win situation for everyone.
68 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
You Must Remember This …
Those pesky mnemonic devices you learned in grade school can come in handy in college and at work when trying to remember everything from the planets’ order to rock hardness.
Lisa A. Rossbacher
4 FROM THE EDITOR
6 LETTERS: Perspectives
22 WHERE ON EARTH?
42 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Finding Minerals Beneath the Deep Blue Sea
As the prices of minerals rise and the technologies to find them improve, some companies are beginning to explore a new frontier — beneath the sea.
44 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Students Change Their Lifestyles
Thanks to the Lifestyle Project, which tests students’ eco-awareness and then challenges them to make changes, students are realizing that even minor changes in behavior can help the environment.
BOOKS: Deciphering the Roles of Science, Policy and Politics: Q&A With Author Roger Pielke Jr.
BOOKS: World’s Oldest Fossils Shows Fossils Just as You Find Them
ADVERTISING: Stories of Oil: Oil Industry Tries a Hollywood Approach
ON THE WEB: Google in the Sky
51 CLASSIFIEDS: Career
66 DOWN TO EARTH WITH...
Jack-of-many-trades David Applegate
November 1, 1755: Earthquake Devastates Lisbon
Want to attend a geoscience meeting?
Visit the online GeoCalendar.
Click here to subscribe.