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October, 2001
Geologist Finds Lost Island In Santa Barbara Channel
( 10/24)
An island submerged for more than 13,000 years has been discovered beneath the ocean's surface about halfway between the Santa Barbara Harbor and one of the existing Santa Barbara Channel Islands by Edward A. Keller, professor of geological sciences and environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Scientists Find That Fluid-Like Flow Of Rock Occurs Below Faults Following Big Quakes
( 10/23)
New technologies in the form of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) have helped scientists determine that fluid-like flow occurred just below the earth’s crust in the first few months following two recent large California earthquakes.

Study Shows Waves In Southern California, North Pacific More Powerful Over Last 50 Years
( 10/19)
Since 1975, intensified waves rolling in from the west, increasing coastal impact Images available upon request New research presents evidence that waves in the North Pacific Ocean—particularly in southern California—have increased substantially in size and intensity over the past half century as a result of stronger wind and storm activity.

Antarctic Seafloor Core Suggests Earth's Orbital Oscillations May Be The Key To What Controlled Ice Ages
( 10/18)
An international team of scientists reported this week that a rock core drilled from the seafloor off the coast of Antarctica is the first to show cyclic climate changes in polar regions that are linked to cores taken from the ocean bottom in both temperate and tropical zones.

Fuel Cell Cars Face Obstacles, but Said Viable
( 10/16)
Fuel cell vehicles can be commercially viable in California, North America's largest auto market, but a focused development effort and government help are needed to get them on the road, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Researchers Report On Possible Biological Effects Of Deep-Sea CO2 Sequestration
( 10/15)
Deep-sea animals may be highly sensitive to environmental changes in carbon dioxide concentration and pH, the predicted consequences of deep-sea carbon sequestration. A study by researchers, reported in the 12 October 2001 issue of Science, exposes the need for more research on the biological impacts of CO2 injection in the ocean.

Alaska Pipeline Spill Costs Expected to Mount
( 10/10)
Cleanup workers will likely spend much of the winter digging up frozen, contaminated soil and chopping down oil-coated trees at the site where crude oil sprayed out of a bullet hole in the trans-Alaska pipeline, officials said on Wednesday.

Scientists Uncover Australia's Largest Dinosaur
( 10/10)
The biggest dinosaur ever found in Australia has been unearthed on a sheep property and may prove to be a unique Australian Sauropod, paleontologists said on Wednesday.

Sandia's Soil And Groundwater Chemical "Sniffer" May Help Protect The Nation's Water Supply
( 10/5)
A real-time gas- and water-quality monitoring system that consists of a miniature sensor array packaged in a weatherproof housing developed by the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories may become one tool in the effort to protect the nation’s water supply.

Scientists say they have proof that the Great Lakes are cleansing themselves of pollutants
( 10/2)
The discovery was made by the binational Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network, which says tests since 1992 show that significant quantities of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and pesticides were being released into the atmosphere by the five Great Lakes — Erie, Superior, Ontario, Michigan and Huron.

Scientists to Check on Antarctica Ice for Warming
( 10/1)
Scientists tracking the effect of global warming on Antarctica's vast ice sheets will next week launch a seven-year research program seeking clues to how much ice could melt if temperatures continue to rise.

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