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October 2002
vol. 47, no. 10

FEATURES

16 Digging up Boston
The “Big Dig,” more than 14 years in planning and $14 billion in cost, is just a snapshot of a long history in a city that is an ideal laboratory for geological engineering.
Bradford A. Miller


20 The Urban Evolution of U.S. Earthquake Monitoring
The U.S. Geological Survey is populating the United States with networks of seismic monitors as part of a new approach to earthquake mitigation: Warning instead of prediction.
Lisa M. Pinsker

26 When Cities Face Geologic Forces
Snapshots of urban hazards: earthquakes in Kobe, subsidence in Las Vegas, lava in Goma, landslides in Colorado Springs.
Geotimes staff



NEWS & VIEWS

5 COMMENT
Sustainability and the End of History

All the usual geological processes have been joined by a new and immensely significant one never before seen on the planet, and one without which civilization would not exist: agriculture.
Ward Chesworth

6 NEWS NOTES
Slim chance for volcanic disaster equals notable risk * North Sea petroleum research finds unique crater * Monitoring the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty * Evidence for early impacts * Field Notes

13 POLITICAL SCENE
The Time Has Come for a USGS Coalition
We need to break the cycle of administration-requested budget cuts if the U.S. Geological Survey is to prosper.
David Applegate

36 GEOPHENOMENA
Coal Fires: A Burning Global Recipe for Catastrophe
Few realize how many fires burn from the world’s coal mines, or the dangers those fires pose.
Glenn B. Stracher

44 GEOMEDIA
Louis Jacobs reviews Time Traveler * Aggregates map helps save Quecreek miners

68 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
A Town Born, and Born Again, by Geology

Kennicott, Alaska, was once a thriving mining town. Then it wasn’t, and few visited it. Now that is changing.
Lisa Rossbacher

DEPARTMENTS

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

38 Benchmarks: Looking back in Geotimes

39 Energy & Resources

40 Society Page: News from geoscience societies
42 In Memoriam: J. David Love
47 Calender

48 GeoMarketplace
53 Classified Ads:
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67 Contributors Page



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