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  • In the Great Basin, scientists track global warming

    Wildlife biologist Erik Beever says that as the climate warms in the Great Basin, pikas are rapidly disappearing from mountains where they formerly thrived

  • The other Big One

    The other Big One

    What would happen if a killer storm like the one that walloped the West in 1862 hit California today?

  • Sequestration sinks stream gauges

    Sequestration sinks stream gauges

    Budget cuts force the U.S. Geological Survey to idle gauges across the country.

  • Glaciers offer a glimpse of the distant past

    Like tree rings, ice cores create a record of the climate of the past, and the National Ice Core Laboratory in Denver houses the largest collection of polar ice cores in the world

  • The Latest Bounce

    U.S. Geological Survey gets Yucca Mountain research funding cut; logging halted on Giant Sequoia National Monument; New Mexican politicians fight proposal to drill in Valle Vidal

  • What’s in a name?

    What’s in a name?

    The names on the Western landscape tell a harrowing, fascinating and at times hilarious story.

  • After the Floods

    After the Floods

    The Ice Age Floods reshaped the landscape of eastern Washington -- and our knowledge of geology.

  • Coping with two-headed fish and other effects of selenium

    Coping with two-headed fish and other effects of selenium

    Researchers try to determine if unhealthy amounts of selenium are entering Western soil and water due to energy development.

  • Climate change: Check the data yourself

    Climate change: Check the data yourself

    A collaborative online effort allows both skeptics and believers to study and compare the scientific data regarding climate change.

  • Dust takes a toll

    Dust takes a toll

    The increasing clouds of dust in the West are affecting the region’s health, snow cover, rainfall and even climate.

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