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Aug 19 / USGS Newsroom

August Science Picks: Leads, Feeds and Story Seeds

In this edition of Science Picks, discover new information on the Arctic’s oil and gas resources, learn about a magnitude-5.4 earthquake that rattled Los Angeles, and find out about recent explosive eruptions of volcanoes in Alaska. Learn about carbon farming, a plague vaccine for endangered ferrets, and how lead shot and sinkers are impacting nearby fish and wildlife. The 2008 Olympics games are underway; do you know how the Chinese culture is being incorporated into the medals? Learn about these science facts and much more! If you would like to receive Science Picks via e-mail, would like to change the recipient, or no longer want to receive it, please e-mail

August Highlights:

  • 90 Billion Barrels of Oil and 1,670 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas Assessed in the Arctic
  • Magnitude-5.4 Earthquake Rattles Los Angeles Area
  • Explosive Eruption of Kasatochi, Cleveland, and Okmok Volcanoes in Alaska
  • Carbon Farm: Capturing Atmospheric CO2
  • Ouch! Taking a Shot at Plague: Vaccine for Endangered Ferrets
  • Lead Shot and Sinkers: Weighty Implications for Fish and Wildlife Health
  • Olympic Medals: New Design Reflects Chinese Culture
  • Spring Nutrient Delivery to the Gulf Estimated Among Highest in Three Decades
  • Climate Impacts Mosquito Abundance in California
  • Prehistoric Packrats Piled Up Clues to Climate Change
  • Parasites Weigh In: Small Size Big Impact
  • Unsure about Climate Change? Just ask your Local Fish and Big-Game Species
  • The First Step Home? Salmon’s Journey Back to Upper Klamath Lake
  • Saltwater Contamination Monitored Daily in Brunswick, Ga.

[Via USGS]

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