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Geologic Map of Mars

Categories: Geology/Mining,Maps/Geography,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3292/

Announces the availability of an online global geologic map of Mars which records the distribution of geologic units and landforms on the planet’s surface with data acquired from the Viking Orbiters. From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in Ecosystems of the Eastern United States

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1804/pdf/pp1804.pdf

Reports that forests, wetlands, and farms in the eastern U.S. naturally store 300 million tons of carbon per year or 15% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions each year.  Completes the national biological carbon assessment for ecosystems in the lower 48 states—a national inventory of the capacity of land and aquatic ecosystems to store or sequester carbon.  From the Geological Survey

 

Dissolved-Solids Sources, Loads, Yields, and Concentrations in Streams of the Conterminous United States

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5012/pdf/sir2014-5012.pdf

Warns about concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, which are elevated in many of U.S. streams because of human activity.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Hurricane Sandy: Observations and Analysis of Coastal Change

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Weather/Disasters

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1088/pdf/ofr2014-1088.pdf

Documents the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along the mid-Atlantic coast from North Carolina to New York.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Earthquake Catalog for Estimation of Maximum Earthquake Magnitude, Central and Eastern United States—Part A, Prehistoric Earthquakes

Categories: Geology/Mining,Science/Technology,Weather/Disasters

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1025/a/pdf/ofr2014-1025.pdf

Describes the construction of a global catalog of moderate to large earthquakes in order to estimate the maximum earthquake magnitude possible within a geographic region. This part discusses prehistoric earthquakes that occurred in eastern North America and Northwestern Europe.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Platinum-Group Elements in Southern Africa: Mineral Inventory and an Assessment of Undiscovered Mineral Resources

Categories: Africa,Geology/Mining

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5090/q/pdf/sir2010-5090Q.pdf

First-ever inventory and geological assessment of the extent of known and undiscovered platinum resources.  Estimates that more than 150,000 metric tons may exist in South Africa and Zimbabwe, which produce most of the global supply for these elements which are used in jewelry and electronics.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force Report on FracFocus 2.0

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Geology/Mining

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/04/f14/20140328_SEAB_TF_FracFocus2_Report_Final.pdf

Recommends actions that will improve the effectiveness of the public disclosure of chemical additives used in the fracking process for unconventional gas production.  Calls for full disclosure of constituents of fracturing fluids despite claims of trade secrets exemptions.  From the Department of Energy

 

2013 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining,Treaties

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/vprpt/2013/224673.htm

Describes U.S. activities over the past year to implement the principles created to minimize human rights risks associated with extractive minerals activities by a group of countries, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  The voluntary principles are considered a benchmark for responsible business practice in the most challenging environments.  From the State Department

 

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