Supersized Topographic Maps|
February 17, 2013 | MyTopo.com
The folks at MyTopo.com are now printing supersized topo maps; large enough make a huge 8′ x 5′ (or 5′ x 8′) map that will look fantastic on the wall of your office, conference room, lobby, cabin or den. These maps are custom-centered on any location that you pick using their online map-making tool.
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Hurricane Sandy Beach Restoration|
February 13, 2013 | BOEM Ocean Science
The most recent issue of BOEM Ocean Science has information about beach restoration projects in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.
Wall Maps of US States|
February 10, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
Superstorm Sandy and Sea Level Rise|
December 3, 2012 | USA Today
An article on the USA Today website explains how Superstorm Sandy should be a “wake-up call” that brings attention to the steady rise in sea level.
Destinations of Coal Exports|
November 16, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
Exports of metallurgical coal from the United States to destinations in Europe and Asia remains strong. Ports at Norfolk, Baltimore and New Orleans handle the most coal.
Landslides Triggered by the 2011 Virginia Earthquake|
November 12, 2012 | KQED.org
The August 23, 2011 earthquake that occured near Louisa, Virginia triggered landslides over an area that was 20 times larger than expected.
Fall Colors on the Appalachians|
October 31, 2012 | NASA
Before Hurricane Sandy hit, NASA’s Earth Observatory captured an interesting satellite image of fall colors on the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.
Record Stream Levels Along the East Coast|
October 29, 2012 | USGS WaterWatch
The USGS real-time streamflow monitoring system is reporting record high water levels for this date for many streams in eastern New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware. Visit the USGS WaterWatch website for an updated map and access to their thousands of stream gages.
Hurricane Sandy: Precipitation Forecast Maps|
October 28, 2012 | NOAA
NOAA has posted a series of “U.S. Rainfall Potential Maps” that show the cumulative geographic distribution of potential rainfall amount across the eastern United States. Very large geographic areas could receive 12 inches of rain or more and experience significant flooding.
Hurricane Sandy Track Maps and Updates|
October 28, 2012 | NOAA
NOAA is publishing regular updates on Hurricane Sandy. Their website has track maps and advisories that are updated frequently.
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The Overlooked Natural Gas Basins?|
September 28, 2012 | USGS
In the eastern United States the natural gas rush has focused on the Appalachian Basin. However, there are over a dozen minor basins along the east coast that have received very little attention.
Chesapeake Bay Nutrient and Sediment Problems|
September 2, 2012 | USGS
“Reservoirs near the mouth of the Susquehanna River just above Chesapeake Bay are nearly at capacity in their ability to trap sediment. As a result, large storms are already delivering increasingly more suspended sediment and nutrients to the Bay, which may negatively impact restoration efforts.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Update: Washington Monument Damage|
August 22, 2012 | Washington Post
The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred in Virginia on August 23, 2012 damaged the Washington Monument. Recently completed studies indicate that the earthquake did not cause additional settling.
Monitoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed|
August 6, 2012 | USGS
“The Chesapeake Bay Program, [...] established a network to monitor changes in nutrients and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Information from this network is used to help scientists and managers assess water-quality conditions and long-term trends as management practices are implemented.”
Washington Monument Repair|
July 16, 2012 | Washington Post
Interior and exterior repairs on the Washington Monument for damage caused by the August 23, 2011 earthquake in Virginia may keep the structure closed to visitors until 2014.
USGS: Mapping Subsurface Faults in Virginia|
July 12, 2012 | USGS
“Residents of Louisa, Goochland and Fluvanna counties may notice a low-flying airplane over the area the next 11 days as scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey map the underground faults responsible for the region’s Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake.
The earthquake, likely felt by more people than any other earthquake in U.S. history, caused extensive damage in central Virginia and was among the largest ever to occur along the eastern seaboard.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Atlantic Coast Sea Level Rise|
July 11, 2012 | USGS
“Rates of sea level rise are increasing three-to-four times faster along portions of the U.S. Atlantic Coast than globally, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report published in Nature Climate Change.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Related: Sea Level Rise Map
101 American Geo-Sites|
June 27, 2012 | Geology.com Store
Mountain Press Publishing has released a new book by Albert B. Dickas titled: 101 American Geo-Sites You’ve Gotta See.
It provides a two-page presentation on each site that features photos, text and a map. It is a good way to get a quick glimpse of these 101 fantastic sites. It sells for $23.99.
See a table of contents.
Rapid Sea Level Rise on the Atlantic Coast|
June 26, 2012 | USGS
“Since about 1990, sea-level rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, N.C. to north of Boston, Mass. — coined a “hotspot” by scientists — has increased 2 – 3.7 millimeters per year; the global increase over the same period was 0.6 – 1.0 millimeter per year.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Related: Sea Level Rise – New York, Washington DC
Oil and Gas in US Mesozoic Basins|
June 20, 2012 | USGS
The United States Geological Survey has published Fact Sheet 2012–3075…
Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the East Coast Mesozoic Basins of the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Thrust Belt, Atlantic Coastal Plain, and New England Provinces, 2011.
March 19, 2012 | Fredericksburg.com
An article on the Fredericksburg.com website explains the plight of homeowners who have a landslide scarp a few feet from their foundations and the efforts to determine who should pay for slope stabilization.
Sea Level Rise and the US Coastline|
March 14, 2012 | New York Times
An article on the New York Times website explores the impact of sea level rise on the United States. Coastal flooding is expected to become much more common in the near future and millions of people could be displaced by rising waters. Florida, New York, Loisiana, California and the Chesapeake area are at particular risk.
Hydroelectric Power in the United States|
March 9, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
“The importance of hydropower as a source of electricity generation varies by geographic region. While hydropower accounted for 6% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2010, it provided over half of the electricity in the Pacific Northwest.” Quote from the Energy Information Administration article.
Atlantic Coast Inland Flooding from Hurricane Irene|
March 6, 2012 | USGS
“The U.S. Geological Survey deployed a temporary monitoring network of water-level sensors at 212 locations along the Atlantic coast from South Carolina to Maine during August 2011 to record the timing, areal extent, and magnitude of inland hurricane storm tide and coastal flooding generated by Hurricane Irene. ” Quoted from the USGS publication release.
You Don’t Have Earthquake Coverage|
February 5, 2012 | Daily Progress
Out of nearly 6000 homes damaged by the August 23 earthquake in Virginia, only a few percent will be covered by earthquake insurance. A bill in the Virginia legislature, if passed, will require insurance companies to notify all homeowners who have purchased a homeowners insurance policy that does not cover earthquakes.
Coastal Topography Data|
January 31, 2012 | USGS
USGS has released a large number of coastal topography data sets for the eastern coast and Gulf of Mexico acquired using lidar technology.
Monitoring Floods and Fires with LandSat|
January 24, 2012 | USGS
USGS has recently published: “Monitoring Floods and Fires during the Summer of 2011 — The Value of the Landsat Satellite 40-Year Archive“
Fracking Did Not Cause the 8/23/11 Virginia Earthquake|
January 8, 2012 | Daily Press
Someone must have blamed the Virginia earthquake of August 23 on hydraulic fracturing. An extensive article in the Daily Press explains why that is impossible.