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October 2006
vol. 51, no. 10

FEATURES

18 Geocatastrophes
Catastrophe and Opportunity in an Ancient Hot-House Climate
Abrupt warming killed most ocean life and spurred an explosion of mammals 55 million years ago.
Cindy Shellito

When the Mediterranean Dried Up: Forensics of a Geocatastrophe
About 6 million years ago, the Mediterranean dried up and then mysteriously refilled.
Rob Butler

The Great Death: Redefining a Mass Extinction
A series of mass extinctions eliminated nearly 90 percent of all life on the planet about 250 million years ago.
Peter Ward

28 Lifting the Veil on History's Unsung Earth Scientists
A Renaissance artist, two U.S. presidents, a First Lady and a groundbreaking physician all shared a common interest — geology.
Geotimes staff

34 Unlocking Blackbeard's Secrets
Geoscientists are helping archaeologists excavate the wreck of what they think was Blackbeard's infamous pirate ship.
Megan Sever


NEWS & VIEWS

7 COMMENT
Moving Past Creationist Roots

A once young-Earth creationist tells his story of geologic revelation.
Stephen Godfrey

8 NEWS NOTES
Planets redefined: Pluto gets demoted * Flexing plates produce volcanoes * Missing tapes could reveal clearer moon * Pinpointing Louisiana's natural sinking * Giving carbon a deep-sea burial * Fossil embryos exposed in 3-D * River bends reveal past quakes * Shifting winds churn up dead zone

17 POLITICAL SCENE
Congress Weighs in on Geoscience Training

A wave of retirements is creating jobs in the geoscience workforce that need to be filled, and fast.
Margaret Anne Baker

40 GEOPHENOMENA
Small particles pack big climate punch
Satellites see post-Sumatra seafloor shifts

42 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Taking a Fresh Look at Desalination

With water shortages pervasive in the United States, scientists are taking another crack at desalting water in more economical ways.
Jennifer Yauck

46 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Copper thefts run rampant
Mineral resource of the month: Nickel

48 GEOMEDIA
Books: Inspecting the diamond industry: Q&A with author Tom Zoellner
Books: Historical deflections: A review of Weighing the World
On the Web: PLUTO underwater

52 PROFILES
David Fastovsky: Dinosaur virtuoso

53 BENCHMARKS
October 17, 1989: Earthquake shakes World Series

68 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Still Buying Green Bananas
Cheer up — the apocalypse probably is not nigh.
Fred Schwab

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

54 GeoMarketplace

56 Classifieds:
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