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October 2004
vol. 49, no. 10

FEATURES

18 The Geoscience Vote
As Americans take to the polls next month, the presidential candidates and Congress continue to debate policies on energy, the environment, and science education and funding.
Geotimes staff

28 Energy Issues Take Center Stage in Senate Races
Gas prices, oil drilling and alternative energy — all are major players in the races for 34 seats and majority control in the Senate.
Ashlee Dere, Bridget K. Martin and Emily Lehr Wallace

34 Afghanistan Redux: Better Late than Never?
As the war rubble clears, scientists are working to help the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country.
John F. Shroder Jr.


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
Geologic Mapping for the Future
Geologic mapping data are useful in everything from homeland security to devising crop rotations.
Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wis.)

8 NEWS NOTES
Fuel economies, Part I * Tsunami story strikes again * Super waves sink ships * Traveling on Mars * T. rex hits puberty * Melting glaciers promote earthquakes * Sound data for seismic array * California's Moho * Botched prediction

17 POLITICAL SCENE
Petrology and Politics

An igneous petrologist leaves her research behind to pursue science policy in Washington, D.C.
Katie Donnelly

38 GEOPHENOMENA
An ashen threat to aviation safety
Volcano refuge ends

42 EDUCATION
Seeing No Child Left Behind in the Classroom

The new national education law is having unexpected consequences for teaching science in K-12.
Jay Chapman

48 TECHNOLOGY
Dynamo in a Box
A little sodium plus a steel ball and a lot of ingenuity may produce a lab-grown geodynamo for better understanding Earth’s magnetic field.
Naomi Lubick

50 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Elizabethan gold riddle solved
Mineral of Month: Titanium

47 PROFILES
Heidi Tringe and Gene Whitney: View from the White House

48 GEOMEDIA
Television: Local TV makes learning geology fun
Books: Extinction realities: A review of Gorgon
Movies: Baffling flash-frozen science
On the Web: Volcanoes and dinosaurs

76 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Platinum, Titanium and Lance Armstrong’s Winning Ride

One metal helped save his life, the other helped make him a champion.
Elisabeth G. Newton

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

53 In Memoriam:
Philip Hauge Abelson and Thomas Gold
61 Benchmarks:
Looking back in Geotimes
62 GeoMarketplace

63 Classifieds:
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