A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
DOINews: USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center Scientist to Attend Meeting on Marcellus Shale Research
USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center (EGSC) scientist Lesley Milheim will attend the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) workshop on "Exploring the Environmental Effects of Shale Gas Development in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed" in State College PA on April 11-12, 2012.
The objectives of the workshop are to 1) review and synthesize the research available regarding the environmental effects of shale gas development, 2) identify the environmental effects that shale gas development may pose to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed relative to Bay water quality, and 3) identify and prioritize future research needs relative to shale gas development and Bay water quality.
A team of EGSC scientists is currently working on publishing geospatial research relating to the landscape effects of Marcellus Shale development. (Contact: Lesley Milheim, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-648-7230)