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USGS CoreFacts: ‘short on time, big on science’ 31 March 2008

Posted by admin in current research, geoscience, volcanology, web resources.

In a recent post we linked to a United States Geological Survey podcast about the current activity at Kilauea: Dramatic Developments at Kilauea Volcano. This is one of a series of USGS CoreCasts in which experts talk about many aspects of earth science, the environment, natural hazards and more. The full list can be found here.

The USGS also offer CoreFacts, bite-size daily podcasts each of which asks and answers a natural sciences question. Here are some examples from recent editions, selected with volcanic interests in mind:

  • Is there evidence for a cause and effect relationship between eruptions that occur at about the same time from volcanoes located hundreds to thousands of kilometers apart?
  • Where did the term ‘volcano’ come from?
  • What is the greatest hazard presented by Mount Rainier?
  • TRUE or FALSE: Portland, Oregon, has a volcano within its metropolitan area.

Each CoreFact is transcribed so that you can get access without even knowing what a podcast is or how to make one work. And you can contact the CoreFacts team yourself, and suggest a question that they can answer in future editions.

U.S. Geological Survey: USGS CoreCast (‘It’s natural science from the inside out’)

U.S. Geological Survey: USGS CoreFacts (‘Short on time, big on science’)

CoreCast and CoreFacts are great examples of the way the USGS is using the web for public outreach. For more on the USGS’s commitment to public information and the great work the Survey is doing, read Andrew Alden’s post today at his Geology Blog: ‘Keep up with Kilauea (and thank the USGS)’.

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