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Menlo Park earthquake expert wins major scientific award for his work studying plate-boundary faults

USGS research seismologist David Shelly will receive the 2012 Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union for his revolutionary advances in understanding the nature of tectonic tremor and its role in the earthquake preparation process. Shelly, stationed in Menlo Park, is an internationally recognized leader in the study of tectonic (non-volcanic) tremor associated with major […]

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USGS “house band” Duckweed plays toe tappin’ music

The way founding Duckweed band member Warren Nockleberg remembers it, he and Vic Mossotti found themselves in a largely unoccupied space after Building 2 was remodeled. “Vic had taken old-time fiddle lessons, and I play the mandolin and concertina, so we started playing in my office, given that there were few people around for us […]

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USGS expert looks back at the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century

100 years ago on June 6, 1912, the Novarupta (pictured) and Katmai volcanoes erupted explosively to create Katmai caldera and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, called the eighth wonder of the world by early explorers. USGS geologist and noted Novarupta-Katmai expert Judy Fierstein describes the excitement and rewards of geologic fieldwork in this remote […]

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New volcano watch center opens in Menlo Park

The U.S. Geological Survey has opened the California Volcano Observatory (CalVO) at its headquarters in Menlo Park with the purpose of increasing awareness of and resiliency to volcano threats in California. “By uniting the research, monitoring, and hazard assessment for all of the volcanoes that pose a threat to the residents of California, CalVO will […]

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USGS public lecture looks at Lassen Volcanic National Park on Jan. 26

USGS geologist emeritus Patrick Muffler takes a look at Lassen Volcanic National Park at a free public lecture at the USGS Menlo Park Science Center on Jan. 26 at 7:00 pm. According to the event flyer, Lassen Peak, the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range, explosively erupted in 1915, devastating nearby areas and raining […]

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Is Menlo Park shrinking or expanding? USGS documentary tells all

Menlo Park’s eastern boundary is in the middle of San Francisco Bay, a dynamic estuary where seawater entering through the Golden Gate mixes with freshwater from the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers and numerous local streams. Fringing the Bay are tidal marshes that play an important role in bay ecosystems. But is Menlo shrinking or […]

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Peninsula residents – time to “catch a quake”

Six thousand tiny seismic sensors are seeking homes – or offices or classrooms – where they can take up residence.  The matchbox-size sensors are part of a new phase of the Quake Catcher Network, a project that is building the densest networks of seismic sensors ever devoted to studying earthquakes.  All it takes to volunteer […]

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USGS geologist Robert McLaughlin talks about local earthquake faults

When Robert McLaughlin makes the trip from his coastside home to his job as a geologist at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, he drives along the Alameda de la Pulgas. Far below the surface is an earthquake thrust fault named the Pulgas Fault. We’re guessing this is news to most Menlo […]

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“Predictable Earthquakes” is USGS lecture on 4/28

United State Geological Survey (USGS) seismologist Susan Hough is giving a public lecture on earthquake prediction on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 pm. It will provide an update on the current ability of scientists to predict potentially destructive earthquakes and to separate fact from fiction from this intriguing topic. Although reliable short-term earthquake prediction remains […]

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Arsenic-fueled microorganism expands definition of what life is on Earth – and in the universe

Big news coming out of Menlo Park’s U.S. Geological Survey besides free wrapping paper (reported in earlier post today). Just published research done by Felisa Wolfe-Simon (pictured), a NASA Astrobiology Research Fellow in residence at USGS  has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. Researchers, lead by Wolfe-Simon,  conducting tests […]

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Pick up free gift wrap at U.S. Geological Survey offices

Received this information via a USGS press release and we’d say our Federal government is showing signs of innovation! “Holiday shoppers can pick up free gift wrap from the U.S. Geological Survey and California Geological Survey’s Maps and Publications Sales Office and enjoy a traveling exhibit about topographic mapping over the past 125 years. To […]

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