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  • Researchers go to Utah to experience another planet: Mars

    Researchers go to Utah to experience another planet: Mars

    At the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah, researchers consider the possibility of exploring the red planet.

  • Braving landfills, dodging avalanches, all for the sake of geoscience

    Braving landfills, dodging avalanches, all for the sake of geoscience

    The intrepid scientific grunts behind the Plate Boundary Observatory roam the West keeping tabs on weird-looking far-flung GPS stations.

  • Nine reasons why a river is good for the soul

    A writer on a river trip through canyon country muses on things like sand, rapids, ruins and time, as well as the joy that comes from being outside in the company of family and friends

  • The puzzle of plate tectonics

    In Grand Canyon: Solving Earth’s Grandest Puzzle, geologist James Lawrence Powell takes a look at the science behind the Grand Canyon, and the scientists who figured it out

  • Washington's Hanford Reservation and nuclear plant may lie on faults

    Washington's Hanford Reservation and nuclear plant may lie on faults

    Brian Sherrod, a government paleoseismologist, believes cities and infrastructure in eastern Washington may be far more earthquake-prone than previously realized.

  • Out stealing rocks from special places

    Out stealing rocks from special places

    The author leaves no trace -- but sometimes leaves with a trace of local geology in his pocket.

  • Getting out of the office, and into hot water

    California geology professor Jeff Mount uses river trips as an educational tool

  • A whole lot of shaking

    In his book A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester takes a comprehensive look at the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and warns of the geological perils still facing the region

  • Energy illusions

    A BLM report issued in late 2006 appears to show that less land is available for energy exploration now than in 2003, but a closer look shows that appearances are deceiving.

  • A geography of the imagination

    In Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney, 45 diverse writers define unusual geographical terms used across the country.

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