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Earthquake Landslides: A Widespread Hazard

Earthquake Landslides: A Widespread Hazard

Earthquakes will always produce landslides, but new knowledge will help us deal with them better.

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The State of California's Sea Otters

The State of California's Sea Otters

Southern sea otters are local icons, gracing a plethora of souvenirs, murals and postcards throughout central and northern California. With a face like that, it’s easy to see why. But sea otters themselves are not so plentiful. In honor of Sea Otter Awareness Week at the end of September, take a closer look at what’s behind that furry façade.

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Did You See It? Report a Landslide Online

Did You See It? Report a Landslide Online

What Bay Areans did for earthquakes we can now do for landslides: lead the world in reporting these common natural hazards online.

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Creative Connections at Earth • Science • Art Exhibit

Creative Connections at Earth • Science • Art Exhibit

Helen Golden is a digital fine artist; her daughter Nadine Golden is a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Pacific Coast and Marine Science Center. Although both live in Santa Cruz, mother and daughter seem worlds apart. But in fact, they are fascinated by each other's work . . .

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USGS at the Forefront of Saving Bats From White-Nose Syndrome (WNS)

USGS at the Forefront of Saving Bats From White-Nose Syndrome (WNS)

In the winter of 2007, residents of New York State began finding dead bats in their yards. Since then it’s estimated that more than a million bats have died from white-nose syndrome, a fuzzy white fungus that grows on their noses and wings.

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Deep Jiggles with Distant Triggers

Deep Jiggles with Distant Triggers

Besides earthquakes, there is a whole spectrum of energetic activity in the solid Earth.

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Geological Outings Around the Bay: A Visit to the Hayward Fault

Geological Outings Around the Bay: A Visit to the Hayward Fault

The best place to visit a fault is in Hayward, where the Hayward fault runs right through downtown. You can take BART there and enjoy a good meal while you're in town.

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Earthquake Early Warning: What Could We Do With 15 Seconds?

Earthquake Early Warning: What Could We Do With 15 Seconds?

What would an earthquake early warning look like?

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Friend Your Local Fault

Friend Your Local Fault

Earthquakes will never be as predictable as the weather, but if you get to know your nearest faults then earthquakes will be less of a surprise.

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Rivers in the Sky Can Lead to Flooding on the Ground

Rivers in the Sky Can Lead to Flooding on the Ground

One tool to remind ourselves of what is possible when it comes to 'rare' natural events is science.

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Earthquake Preparedness in the Bay Area

Earthquake Preparedness in the Bay Area

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred a couple weeks ago near Christchurch, New Zealand is yet another reminder for those of us living in the Bay Area about the inevitable seismic danger we face. While many details of the New Zealand earthquake are different than what we face in the Bay Area, there are a few aspects that are comparable.

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The Changing Bay: Wetland Restoration Projects in Northern California

The Changing Bay: Wetland Restoration Projects in Northern California

Wetlands — they are possibly the most diverse ecosystems on the plant, according to environmental scientists.

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Reporter's Notes: The Changing Bay

Reporter's Notes: The Changing Bay

Less sediment in the bay means there's less for the wetlands, which could be an issue. But there's one thing that makes it worse: sea level rise.

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Reporter's Notes: Predicting the Next Big One

Reporter's Notes: Predicting the Next Big One

It's been twenty years since the Loma Prieta Earthquake ravaged downtown Santa Cruz and damaged San Francisco's Marina District and the Bay Bridge. Quest looks at the dramatic improvements in earthquake prediction technology since 1989. But what can be done with ten seconds of warning?

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Producer's Notes: Geothermal Heats Up

Producer's Notes: Geothermal Heats Up

When I first began researching this story for QUEST, I was surprised that I hadn't heard more about geothermal energy. It's never lumped into that renewable energy laundry list that's recited by politicians and journalists alike — you know, "…solar, wind, hydroelectric and biofuels". But it turns out that geothermal energy has really great potential.

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Producer's Notes- The Hayward Fault: Predictable Peril

Producer's Notes- The Hayward Fault: Predictable Peril

So we know- or should know- the seismic risks of living in one of the most vibrant, diverse places in the U.S. Short of leaving the region, what can we do?

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