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May, 2000
Scientists Find Active Underwater Volcano East Of Samoa (Science Daily 5/23)
Marine geologists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) have confirmed the existence of an active underwater volcano east of Samoa.
Giant Black Smoker Retrieved From Abyss (Science Daily 5/24)
A huge undersea chimney, laced with gold and other minerals and swarming with remarkable lifeforms has been recovered from the seabed in the Bismarck Sea, north of Papua New Guinea, by the CSIRO Research Vessel Franklin.
Major New Work On The Pacific Islands By UC Berkeley Archaeologist Buries The Enduring Myth Of Humans In Paradise (Science Daily 5/15)
A new history of the Pacific islands before their discovery by European voyagers buries forever the myth that Tahitians and other peoples of Oceania were children of nature living in the Garden of Eden.
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USGS scientists in Massachusetts have patented a robotic ground water monitoring technology, nicknamed "Robowell. The Robowell technology automatically measures the water level and measures ground water quality on a regular schedule at a ground water monitoring well. Results are transmitted to a human supervisor using radio, cellular-phone modem, or a satellite link.
New USGS Map Shows Arsenic In Nation's Ground Water (Science Daily 5/9)
A new U.S. Geological Survey national map shows where and to what extent arsenic occurs in ground water across the nation. Highest concentrations were found in samples analyzed throughout the West and in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.
NASA Spacecraft Data Improves Tropical Forecasts (Science Daily 5/8)
A microwave imager onboard a NASA spacecraft can help improve the forecasts of hurricanes, severe storms, and monitor long-term climate by seeing through clouds, new research shows.
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