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Menlo Park Open House

Exhibits listed by location
A community science event since 1985
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Building 1
First floor
Dress Like a Scientist This popular exhibit has attendees putting on field attire and holding props, then through a bit of computer magic using a green screen background are photographed in a setting of their choice. The exhibit uses the Macintosh Photo Booth application. The resulting image is placed on the web.
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/infobank/programs/html/main/openhouse2009.html
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Building 1
First floor
Topo Salad Trays Clear plastic trays with a contour line on each tray. Stack them up to see 3D models of landforms and undersea features. View topographic maps, nautical charts, and shaded-relief images.
Instructions: http://online.wr.usgs.gov/outreach/topo_instructions.html
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Building 1
First floor
Fly Over the Seafloor (SUNDAY ONLY) Imagine that the water has been drained away to expose the seafloor of San Francisco Bay, Lake Tahoe, and Monterey Bay. Enjoy virtual flights over the underwater terrain as revealed by high resolution bathymetry data.
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/pacmaps/
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Building 1
First floor
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Physical and electronic displays of data, tools, applications from ASPRS' principal discipline areas - photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS) - aerial imagery, visualizations, posters, stereoscopic viewing of aerial photographs.
http://www.asprs.org/a/norcal
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Lawn area outside Building 1 Live Music Come listen to some great live bands! Activity image
Building 2
First floor
Antique gravity, magnetic, and surveying equipment   Activity image
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Building 3
First floor
Map and Publication Sales - California Geological Survey and USGS Purchase CGS and USGS publications and maps (including topographic maps, geologic maps, national park maps, earthquake maps, and much more!).**All USGS 24K topographic maps will be on sale for $6 and all other scales will be $7. In addition, CGS products will be 20% off. Activity image
Building 3
First floor
Where are you? Visitors will be presented with a USGS satellite or aerial image and will have to guess where in the United States it is? The quiz will be multiple choice. Activity image
Building 3
First floor
Ore minerals and the metals produced from them Exhibit of metallic ore minerals and examples of products made from them. Activity image
Building 3
First floor
Copper-Zinc Underground Mine Model Explore an underground mine to see a copper-zinc ore deposit.
http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1034
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Building 3
First floor
The How and Why of Mineral Resource Assessments This exhibit will introduce the public to the fact that mineral resources are key to every facet of our modern life from toothpaste and cell phones to drywall and solar panels. USGS scientists will be on hand to explain the science behind mineral resource assessments and how the information in an assessment is used in eventual resource extraction. Examples of products from the home that are mineral-rich will be displayed, along with representative ore samples, where available.
http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of00-144/ and http://www.teachersdomain.org/asset/ess05_int_mineralenv/
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Building 3
First floor
What's it Made of? Nondestructive Chemical Analysis with a Portable XRF Spectrometer This exhibit will allow visitors to determine the chemical composition of small objects (jewelry, samples of ore rocks, plants, etc) non-destructively using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. Exhibit materials will highlight how USGS scientists have used this instrument in support of mineral assessment work in Afghanistan and mineral environmental studies in the Western U.S.  
Building 3
First floor
Mineral Hazards in California Learn about important mines and deposits of minerals in CA related to environmental and public health issues such as asbestos, mercury and radon. Activity image
Building 3
First floor
California's Mineral Resources Learn about California’s diverse non-fuel mineral resources; Maps and hands-on mineral specimen display. Activity image
Building 3
First floor
Bay Area Mineralogists Bay Area Mineralogists is an informal association of professional and advanced amateur mineralogists and geology professionals. Exhibit will provide an opportunity to encourage young rockhounds and mineralogists, educate the public about minerals, rocks, and collecting.
http://www.baymin.org/
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Building 3
First floor; Visitors Center
The Hayward Fault from the Sky Come view this 30-foot long map of the Hayward Fault. Measure how close your home, school, or place of business is from the fault and learn why we the entire Bay Area must prepare for a Hayward Fault earthquake. Activity image
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Building 3
First floor hallway
Earth as Art This collection of satellite images turn the Earth's surface into awe-inspiring art!
http://eros.usgs.gov/imagegallery/
satellite image showing abstract colors that resemble an oil painting
Building 3
First floor hallway
USGS Employee Photo Contest Come view the winning entries from the 37th Annual USGS Photo Contest, in which employees from around the country compete in categories covering Nature, People & Animals, Man-made Structures, and Close Ups. photograph showing setting sun behind a drill rig
Building 3
First floor
Visitor Center
Videos of earthquakes, interviews with Geologists, and information on how to be prepared. http://gallery.usgs.gov/video_sets/Earthquakes photograph showing setting sun behind a drill rig
Building 3
Second floor
Past, Present, and Future LULC Change of the United States With the completion of the USGS Land Cover Trends project which determined the spatial, temporal, and sectoral variability of the Conterminous US from 1973 -2000, we model Land Use and Land Cover change, annually out to the year 2100 using the framework from the IPCC-SRES scenarios. Our exhibit will show animated maps of our results, detailed methodology of our downscaling process and a qualitative and quantitative explanation of global assessments, IPCC-Scenarios, downscaling and ecoregions. Activity image
Building 3
Second floor
The Science Behind Tsunamis Basic tsunami safety and answers to common questions about tsunamis. How do tsunamis form? What is the difference between local and distant tsunamis? How do tsunami waves differ from wind-generated waves one sees at the beach?
http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/tsunami/
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Building 3
Outside
Gold Panning! The object of panning is to concentrate heavier materials by washing away the lighter. The pan is filled about three-quarters full of gravel to be washed. The panner raises the pan to the edge of the water, moving it with a circular motion combined with a slight jerk, stirring up the mud and light sand and allowing it to float off.
http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/geologic_resources/gold/Pages/Index.aspx
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Building 3
Outside
The San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD): What We're Learning The SAFOD deep-drilling project successfully crossed the active San Andreas Fault, and 41 meters of core were recovered in 2007. This exhibit will summarize what the core is telling us about the the constitution and behavior of the San Andreas Fault at depth. Activity image
Building 3
Outside
Deep Drilling for Earthquakes and Geothermal Energy Exhibit of our wire line well logging truck, capable of conducting well logs in ~15,000' deep, 300°C wells, posters describing recent projects on the San Andreas Fault at the SAFOD/Parkfield site, and geothermal sites, logging tools, and some related drilling bits and paraphernalia, and a few hands on objects, rock cores and samples. Activity image
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Building 3
Outside
Map Stories- The Bermuda Quadrangle and More The exhibit will showcase USGS topographic maps. Visitors will be able to have discussions with USGS cartographers on traditional map production processes and techniques.
http://store.usgs.gov and http://topomaps.usgs.gov/
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Building 3
Outside
Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Slociety History of surveying and how the mapping of the surface of the earth was done. Historical equipment, maps, top of Bilby Tower.
http://mdshs.org
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Building 3
Outside
Real-time seismic Waves Kids can jump up and down and see the seismic vibrations they produce on a screen in real time. Activity image
Building 3
Outside
GPS for earthquake and volcano monitoring. Display of GPS equipment used for monitoring earthquake and volcano activity. Interactive display of measuring displacements in "real-time" with GPS equipment on site with the results shown on the Web. Display of real-time GPS involving a sliding GPS antenna and a computer display that illustrates its motion in real-time.
http://escweb.wr.usgs.gov/share/highrate-gps/main.php and http://earthquake.usgs.gov/monitoring/gps/
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Building 3
Outside
Information and Resources available from the USGS Looking for information about USGS online resources, social media, employment, or other topics? Get your answers here!
https://www.usgs.gov
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Building 15
First floor
Stable Isotopes & Liquid Nitrogen We will be giving tours of our environmental stable isotope laboratory, where we do environmental detective work, and providing hands-on demonstrations of the liquid nitrogen we use to prepare and analyze our samples. Activity image
Building 15
Second floor
Extreme Microbes! Microbes that thrive in places that would be detrimental to most life on Earth are called "extremophiles". Our group studies extremophiles that live in Mono Lake, a lake so salty and alkaline that fish can't live in it, but it supports an healthy ecosystem of microorganisms and brine shrimp. We will have interactive displays that illustrate why Mono Lake is considered an "extreme" environment and the adaptations that microorganisms need to make to live there. We will use a hands-on activity to show how we isolate microbes that make their home in the lake and we will have microscopes set up to view microorganisms from both Mono Lake and freshwater lakes.
http://microbiology.usgs.gov/geomicrobiology_arsenic.html#arsenic_exterr
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Building 15
Second floor
How Clean is Clean - Hands on demonstration of linkage between electrical conductivity and water quality.
http://wwwrcamnl.wr.usgs.gov/solutetransport/index.htm
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Building 15
Second floor
The Community Living in a Drop of Water from San Francisco Bay Come view the microscopic plants and animals that inhabit San Francisco Bay. Phytoplankton are essential to life on earth and zooplankton are an essential link in the marine food chain. See the species that live in a drop of San Francisco Bay water.
http://sfbay.wr.usgs.gov/access/wqdata/
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Building 15
Second floor
National Phenology Network The NPN gathers data on leafing and flowering, agricultural crop stages, insect emergence and animal migration in order to understand and predict shifts in cycles due to climate change and natural variability.
http://www.usanpn.org/
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Building 15
Outside
Measure Stream Flow Rate Like a Hydrologist. Come measure stream flow rate and learn how stream flow data can be downloaded as text messages or viewed on the web. See a map of the national USGS stream gaging network and find out about its its many uses including flood forecasting, recreation, and understanding the impact of climate variability on water resources.
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis
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Building 15
Outside
Water Quality Field Methods and GroundWater Model We will have a field laboratory truck with various equipment on display for the collection of water quality samples. We will also have a groundwater model which which demonstrates how water moves in the subsurface.  
Building 15
Outside
What Can Deep Sediment Cores Tell Us About Mercury Pollution? This exhibit will show samples from a deep sediment core collection project designed to estimate how much toxic mercury is in Alviso Slough in the South San Francisco Bay. The exhibit will focus on all of the tools and information we collect to answer this main question.
http://microbiology.usgs.gov/geomicrobiology_mercury.html#san_fran_restoration
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Building 15
Outside
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Meet staff and volunteers from a federally-protected wildlife habitat covering 30,000 acres along the southern reaches of the Bay. Learn about exciting recreational offerings, year-round environmental education programs, and cutting-edge scientific research at the refuge.
http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/
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Building 15
Outside
South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Talk to project officials and hear the latest about the largest tidal wetland restoration effort on the West Coast. Learn how restored wetlands can help protect against rising sea levels brought by climate change.
http://www.southbayrestoration.org/
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Building 15
Outside
Sea Otter Research This exhibit displays information about current and past sea otter research. Otter pelts, skulls, tracking equipment, prey items, and other hands-on materials will be on display.
http://www.werc.usgs.gov/project.aspx?projectid=221
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Building 15
Outside
Jon Boat -- Flat-bottomed Boat Designed for Shallow-Water Mapping Climb into the flat-bottomed Jon boat and pretend you are a USGS scientist mapping the seafloor in very shallow water. Don't forget to put on your life vest!

See a Jon boat at work: http://sofia.usgs.gov/publications/ofr/02-325/methods.html
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Building 16 USGS Paleomagnetism and Rock Magnetism Laboratory This lab is where scientists study the natural magnetism of rocks and minerals. The results are used to determine how the geomagnetic field has changed through time, how crustal plates have moved over the Earth's surface, the ages of rocks and archeological materials, and information to help solve many other problems.
http://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/gump/common/paleomag_lab.html
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Library Natural Science Geopardy A unique opportunity for you to test your natural science knowledge. Play a game of Geopardy and learn natural science facts of Geography, Hydrology, Geology, and more.
https://www.usgs.gov/faq/ and https://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/
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Library Fly Me To the Moon: and Other Places Beyond. The Great 8 and the 5 Dwarf Planets: An Intragalactic Family. The Moon is about 250,000 miles (384,400 kilometers) from Earth. Traveling by car: 130 days, Traveling by rocket: 13 hours, Traveling by light speed: 1.52 sec
www.solarnavigator.net/the_moon.htm
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Library Rocks of the San Francisco Bay Area This self-guided exhibit offers a fun quiz that you can use to test your knowledge of SF Bay Area geology.
http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/bulletin/b2195/
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Earthquake Country Tent LIQUEFACTION- When the ground flows during earthquakes Learn more about liquefaction through this hands-on demonstration to help answer questions such as where and why it occurs. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent The Hayward Fault from the Sky Come view this 30-foot long map of the Hayward Fault. Measure how close your home, school, or place of business is from the fault and learn why we the entire Bay Area must prepare for a Hayward Fault earthquake.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/
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Earthquake Country Tent Come Squeeze LA Interactive foam rubber model demonstrates the complex interactions between major faults in Southern California and the uplift of the San Gabriel Mountains.Much of the tectonic "action" is driven by a newly discovered, slippery fault 12 miles deep beneath the San Gabriel Mountains and northern part of the Los Angeles region. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent What are the Earthquake Hazards Near Me? Talk to California Geological Survey experts about earthquake hazards in the Bay Area.  Information on historical earthquakes, fault activity in CA, earthquake probabilities & shaking hazards. 
http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/geologic_hazards/earthquakes/Pages/index.aspx
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Earthquake Country Tent Earthquake Program Website Learn more about the Earthquake Program, the recently updated website, and available online resources.
http://earthquake.usgs.gov
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Earthquake Country Tent How Close to a Fault Do You Live?   Activity image
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Earthquake Country Tent Make Your Own Earthquake Display will show ground motion that visitors create in real-time. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent NetQuakes! Demonstration of a new earthquake instrument designed to go into homes and send data to the USGS over the internet. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent When Bad Things Happen to Good Equipment! Samples and photos of earthquake monitoring equipment that have suffered from natural trauma in the field.  
Earthquake Country Tent Earthquake Instruments Display of seismic monitoring instruments and real-time data waveforms from around the state of California. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent Earthquake Fossils Paleoseismology on the San Andreas Fault Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent Building Safer Structures By monitoring how structures respond to earthquakes and applying the knowledge gained, scientists and engineers are improving the ability of structures to survive major earthquakes. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent The 2002 Denali Fault Earthquake and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Poster showing maps of the fault rupture with additional photos emphasizing the effect on the pipeline and the pre-earthquake planning and design for such an event. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent LiDAR Reveals Active Faults Hiding in the Forest   Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent The January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti This exhibit will highlight the USGS effort to understand the Haiti earthquake, and to determine the potential for future earthquakes in Haiti. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent What's the USGS Doing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? This exhibit acquaints the public with the Delta and a new and ongoing collaborative geologic study of the Delta by USGS and California Department of Water Resources personnel. We will exhibit a poster showing the stratigraphy in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, using maps, one or two geologic sections, the distribution of borehole data from the Department of Water Resources, the location of key stratigraphic control points such as are provided by 3 volcanic ash (tephra) deposits that were recently correlated. We will have samples of volcanic ash and peat available for inspection on the table in front of the poster. Poster will post questions as to the tectonic history of nearby faults, the geologic hazards in the Delta, and the role of the Delta in California’s economy. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent It Just Seems Like There Are More Earthquakes The occurrence of 5 magnitude greater than 8.5 earthquakes since 2004 and tragic events such as the 2010 Haiti earthquake have created a debate over whether or not we are in a global cluster of large earthquakes.Come and study earthquake rates and see if you think large earthquakes cluster. Learn why seismologists believe that the rate has not changed and how population growth in earthquake-prone areas makes it seem like there are more earthquakes. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent Hayward Fault in Central Park, Fremont Math Science Nucleus manages the Fremont Earthquake Exhibit and Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon which show features of creep on the Hayward Fault. Display and hands-on activities will illustrate how the Hayward Fault created a geologic landscape in the Fremont area.
http://www.msnucleus.org/haywardfault/index.htm
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Earthquake Country Tent FEMA Earthquake Preparedness Preparedness tips on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.
http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/index.shtm
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Earthquake Country Tent United Policyholders United Policyholders is a non-profit organization that is a voice and an information resource for insurance consumers in all 50 states. Only about ten percent of insured homeowners in California have earthquake insurance. United Policyholders has consumer tips, tools and resources to help you decide whether earthquake insurance is right for you. Activity image
Earthquake Country Tent California Earthquake Authority Our Earthquake Prepardeness Team will interact with people about how to prepare for an earthquake and inform people how they can get  
Earthquake Country Tent Seismic Retrofit Your Home - Bolt It! Brace It! Do It!
Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
http://www.safestronghome.com/earthquake/  
Earthquake Country Tent ShakeOut -- Drop, Cover, and Hold On! Sign up to be a participant for the next largest ShakeOut Earthquake Drill for October 18 at 10:18am. Watch how to Drop, Cover, and Hold-On during an earthquake then try it yourself!
http://shakeout.org/california/
 
Geology and Volcano Country Typical Rocks of the San Francisco Bay Area This exhibit shows rocks collected locally and relates them to the geologic setting of the San Francisco Bay Area. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country How Do Geologists Name Rocks? This exhibit displays a variety of typical igneous rocks, mostly from California,and explains how geologists use their characteristics to classify them. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Ask-A-Geologist Come to the Ask-A Geologist booth with your questions about Earth Science!Bring your unknown or puzzling rock, mineral, and fossil specimens to be identified and explained. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Meet a field geologist Can you spot the field geologist?  Look for him walking around with boots, an orange vest, green backpack, equipment belt, pack, hammer, compass, and GPS.  Stop by to say hello and ask about his equipment and his many trips out in the field!  
Geology and Volcano Country GEOLOGIC MAPPING WITH LIDAR Description of geologic maps and how lidar helps make them better. Examples of maps with and without lidar base. Examples of significant findings made possible with lidar.
before lidar: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/open-file/of00-356/ after Lidar: http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3187/
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Geology and Volcano Country Faults Across Washington: A magnetic story. Some rocks from Washington are very magnetic and others are not.This good fortune allows us to "see" faults by measuring the Earth's magnetic field from airplanes. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Using Geophysics to Explore the Earth Below Tiny variations in the Earth's gravity and magnetic fields allow scientists to map aquifers and concealed faults, volcanoes, and other geologic structures for natural hazards and resource assessments. Activity image
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Geology and Volcano Country Why did Santa Rosa fall down during the 1906 earthquake? The city of Santa Rosa suffered more damage per capita than the city of San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake, despite being miles away from the San Andreas fault.3-D mapping of the subsurface reveals complex basin structure that led to enhanced ground shaking in Santa Rosa.
Geology and Volcano Country LiDAR (LIght Detection and Range) The exhibit will have posters describing some of the many uses of LiDAR, as well as give visitors the opportunity to observe how it works by hands on demonstrations. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Making Maps with Remote Control and UAV Airplanes Using remote control and UAV airplanes for high-resolution imagery in support of geologic mapping and ecosystem science. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Unmanned Vehicles for Geophysical Surveying In this exhibit an unmanned, robotic quad-runner outfitted for collecting magnetic data is on display. Unmanned, autopiloted ground and air vehicle missions for collecting geophysical data are discussed.  
Geology and Volcano Country Imaging the Mono-In yo Volcanic chain Using gravity, magnetic and electrical resistivity methods to study the Mono-Inyo Volcanic chain. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Volcanic carbon dioxide - odorless, invisible, and deadly Visitors will get to see a model that demonstrates the disasters that occurred in the late 1980s in Cameroon where volcanic CO2 exploded out of a deep lake killing nearly 2000 people, field instruments used to precisely measure the concentration of CO2 as it rises out of the ground, and a poster showing how the CO2 hazard is being mitigated at Lake Nyos in Cameroon. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Vents in the City Small, extinct, geologically young volcanoes dot the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, forming the Boring Volcanic Field. Recent research has clarified the nature and ages of these volcanoes, indicating that, although the individual volcanoes may be extinct, the volcanic field probably isn't. Activity image
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Geology and Volcano Country Erupting Flour Volcano The exhibit will use flour and cake batter to simulate erupting volcanoes. Activity image
Geology and Volcano Country Hello CalVO and YVO Learn about how we monitor and study volcanoes in California and the Yellowstone caldera.
CalVo website: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/calvo/ YVO website: http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/yvo/
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Geology and Volcano Country Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's 100th Anniversary Since HVO founding in 1912, scientists have observed and documented more than 60 volcanic eruptions on Mauna Loa and Kilauea Volcanoes, as well as numerous strong earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.0 and higher.
http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/
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Geology and Volcano Country Sequoia - Bald Eagle from the San Francisco Zoo View a live bald eagle, Sequoia, from the San Francisco Zoo (damaged tail prevents her from living in the wild). Exposure to pesticides such as DDT threatened bald eagles by causing them to lay eggs with very weak shells. After the U.S. restricted DDT use in 1972, bald eagles have made a steady recovery. NOAA, USGS, and other partners are working together to remediate DDT-contaminated sediment off southern California, and bald eagles have resumed nesting in the Channel Islands. Activity image

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