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August, 2001
Scientists Find Largest Flood Channels In The Solar System
(ScienceDaily.com 8/9)
Scientists may have discovered the largest flood channels in the solar system on Mars, currently a cold desert planet. A system of gigantic ancient valleys -- some as much as 200 kilometers wide-- lies partly buried under a veneer of volcanic lava flows, ash fall and wind-blown dust in Mars' western hemisphere.

Volcano menaces with fire and water
(CNN.com 8/9)
Ten years after raining fire in a huge eruption, the crater of Mount Pinatubo is filling with water that threatens to unleash mass floods and inundate villages.

UMass Geologists To Develop New Electron Microprobe To Determine The Ages Of Rocks; New Geologic Dating Techniques Provide A Greater Resolution Of Earth1s History
(ScienceDaily.com 8/8)
A team of University of Massachusetts geologists is exploring a new way to determine the ages of ancient rocks, and refining our understanding of the timing and rates of the geologic events that have shaped the planet. The new method offers greater efficiency, and access to a much more detailed geologic record than current dating methods, the scientists say.

Scientists Make First Accurate Measurements Of Eroding UK Coastline
(ScienceDaily.com 8/7)
Scientists from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne are making the most accurate measurements ever of the rapidly receding British coastline, using satellites, a microlight aircraft and advanced computer technology.

Wave Of The Future? Dams As River Restoration
(ScienceDaily.com 8/6)
For many years, society viewed dams as the wave of the future, providing hydroelectric power, water reserves and controlling floods. Now their removal, especially of older dams, appears to be the new trend.

New Long-Necked Dinosaur Discovered In Madagascar
(ScienceDaily.com 8/2)
The fossilized remains of a new, nearly complete long-necked sauropod dinosaur were recently unearthed on the island of Madagascar. The discovery was announced today in the journal Nature by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists from State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook and the Science Museum of Minnesota.



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