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Afghanistan’s Emerging Mining Oligarchy

Categories: Afghanistan,Geology/Mining

http://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/SR358-Afghanistan-s-Emerging-Mining-Oligarchy.pdf

Describes the potential mineral riches within Afghanistan and the potential for corruption in their exploitation during a period of civil turmoil.  From the United States Institute of Peace

 

The Quality of our Nation’s Waters: Water Quality in Principal Aquifers of the United States, 1991-2010

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources

http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1360/pdf/circ1360report.pdf

Contains the major findings of national and regional assessments of the quality of groundwater in the 60+ principal aquifers that supply most of the groundwater used in the U.S. for drinking, irrigation, and other uses.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Trends in Hydraulic Fracturing Distributions and Treatment Fluids, Additives, Proppants, and Water Volumes Applied to Wells Drilled in the United States from 1947 through 2010 …

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

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5131/pdf/sir2014-5131.pdf#

Identifies hydraulic fracturing trends in drilling methods and use of fluids/chemical additives in nearly 1 million wells drilled in the U.S.  over a 60 year time period.  Compares these findings to the literature to establish a common understanding of how newer technology has affected water use volumes and other factors.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Federal Lands and Natural Resources: Overview and Selected Issues for the 113th Congress

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Climate Change,Energy,Geology/Mining,Govt Finance,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43429.pdf

Discusses issues involved in questions of federal land acquisition and management.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Chirp Seismic-Reflection Data from the Baltimore, Washington, and Norfolk Canyons, U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin

Categories: Defense/Military,Geology/Mining,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1118/ofr2014-1118-title_page.html

Part of a larger project to investigate mid-Atlantic margin Holocene geological activity and assess the area’s potential to generate submarine geohazards.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

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

 

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