Recently Published Articles
Carlson, P.R., Chin, J.L., and Wong, F.L., 2000, Bedrock knobs in San Francisco Bay-Do navigation hazards outweigh other environmental problems?: Engineering and Environmental Geoscience (joint publication of the Association of Engineering Geologists and Geological Society of America ), v. 6, no. 1, p. 41-56.
Three bedrock knobs crop out above unconsolidated sediment of central San Francisco
Bay at water depths of <12 m. Knobs occur within a westbound-vessel traffic area, one about 300 m from a
deep-water traffic lane. They pose a serious hazard to vessels with drafts exceeding 17 m (55.8 ft). To reduce
elevation of the rocks by 17 m would require removing a total volume of 245,000
m³ (320,460 yd³) and would
cost about $27 million. If a tanker struck one and ruptured, the resulting large oil spill would likely cost many
times more than the $10 million needed to clean up a small 1996 spill. If the rocks were removed, local habitat
for striped bass and other game fish would be altered, with potential negative impact on sport fishing.
Currently, public officials are studying benefits of lowering the rock knobs.
Carlson, P.R., Cowan, E.A., Powell, R.D., and Cai, J., 1999, Growth of a post-Little Ice Age submarine fan, Glacier Bay, Alaska: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 19, p. 227-236.
Queen fan formed below a hanging fjord valley in the last 80 years following the retreat of
a Little Ice Age glacier that filled Glacier Bay about 200 yr BP. The fan was built by a turbidite system
originating from a delta that formed in the early 1900s at the head of Queen Inlet. Queen fan is comparable
to large Pleistocene fans in the Gulf of Alaska and differs from trough-mouth fans formed by cooler-climate
Bales, J.D., Oblinger, C.J., and Sallenger, A.H., Jr., 2000, Two Months of Flooding in Eastern North Carolina, September-October 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 00-4093, 47 p.
Fletcher, C., Anderson, J., Crook, K.A.W., Kaminsky, G., Larcombe, P., Murray-Wallace, C.V., Sansone, F., Scott, D.B., Riggs, S., Sallenger, A., Shennan, I., Thieler, E.R., and Wehmiller, J.F., 2000, Coastal sedimentary research examines critical issues of national and global priority: EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, v. 81, no. 17, p. 181-186.
Morton, R.A., Paine, J.G., and Blum, M.D., 2000, Responses of stable bay margin and barrier island systems to Holocene sea level highstands, western Gulf of Mexico: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 70, p. 478-490.
Parsons, T., Toda, S., Stein, R.S., Barka, A., and Dieterich, J.H., 2000, Heightened odds of large earthquakes near Istanbul-An interaction-based probability calculation: Science, v. 288, p. 661-665.
This study calculates the earthquake probability of submerged faults beneath the Marmara
Sea near Istanbul, a city of more than 10 million people. Revised probability calculations were made
through a CRADA with SwissRe using the >1500-year-long record of earthquake damage to build a
catalog of past activity. Use of the new catalog combined with calculations of increased stress caused
by the M=7.4 Izmit earthquake of 17 August 1999 led to a higher estimate of 30-year probability at
~65% for Istanbul.
Robbins, L.L., and Yates, K.K., 2000, Microbial calcification: Implications for marine whitings and inorganic carbon cycling: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Abstracts with Program, v. 9, p. A125-126.
Publications Sent to Geologic Division Publications Groups
Bothner, M.H., Temporal changes in concentrations of silver and Clostridium perfringens in sediment of western Massachusetts Bay-An update (abs.): MWRA Annual Sciences Workshop, Battelle Laboratories, Duxbury, MA, 25 May 2000.
Dillon, W.P., and Max, M.D., The U.S. Atlantic continental margin: The best known gas hydrate locality, in Max, M.D. (ed.), Natural Gas Hydrates in Oceanic and Polar Environments, Chapter 13.
Edgar, N.T., Cecil, C.B., Mattick. R., Chivas, A.R., De Deckker, P., and Djajadihardja, Y., A modern analogue for tectonic, eustatic, and climatic processes in cratonic basins: Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia: SEPM Special Publication.
Gelfenbaum, G., Coastal currents, in Schwartz, M. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Coastal Science, Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences: New York, Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Hampton, M.A., Murray, C.J., and Torresan, M.E., Large sediment deposits on the reef front around Oahu (extended abs.): Proceedings volume, National Beach Preservation Conference, Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii, 7-10 August 2000.
Hill, J.C., Schwab, W.C., and Foster, D.S., Archive of boomer and sparker subbottom data, collected during U.S. Geological Survey cruise DIAN 97011, Long Island, New York Inner Shelf-Fire Island, New York, 5-26 May 1997: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 17 CD-ROMs.
Hill, J.C., Schwab, W.C., and Foster, D.S., Archive of datasonics SIS-1000 chirp subbottom data, collected during U.S. Geological Survey cruise DIAN 97011, Long Island, New York, Inner Shelf-Fire Island, New York, 5-26 May 1997: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, 3 CD-ROMs.
Lorenson, T.D., and Orange, D.C., Hydrocarbons, cold seeps, and gas hydrate along the California continental margin (abs. for invited poster): Shallow Gas Group 6th International Conference, Gas in Marine Sediments, Geology-Chemistry-Microbiology, St. Petersburg, Russia, 5-9 September 2000.
Martin, J.L., and Noble, M.N., The Monterey Submarine Canyon, California, CTD data report part A: The R/V Robert Gordon Sproul Cruise S-1-93-MB, Aug. 3-5, 1993: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report.
Martin, J.L., and Noble, M.N., The Monterey Submarine Canyon, California, CTD data report part B: The R/V David Starr Jordan Cruise J-7-94-MB, June 26-29, 1994: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report.
Martin, J.L., and Noble, M.N., The Monterey Submarine Canyon, California, CTD data report part C: The R/V Robert Gordon Sproul cruise S-1-94-MB, Aug. 17-22, 1994: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report.
Martin, J.L., and Noble, M.N., The Monterey Submarine Canyon, California, CTD data report part D: The R/V David Starr Jordan Cruise J-13-94-MB, Nov. 14-16, 1994: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report.
Poppe, L.J., Polloni, C., Knebel, H.J., Mecray, E.L., Buchholtz ten Brink, M.R., Lewis, R.S., DiGiacomo-Cohen, M.L., Lanbo, L., Thomas, E., Varekamp, J., Zajac, R.N., and Auster, P., Geo-referenced sea-floor mapping and bottom photography in Long Island Sound on CD-ROM (abs.): 2000 Long Island Sound Research Conference, Stamford, CT, 17-18 November 2000.
Sallenger, A.H., List, J., Penland, S., Hansen, M., and Dingler, J., Extreme storm impacts of the "inundation" regime: Observations from Hurricane Andrew: Journal of Coastal Research, Hurricane Camille Symposium volume.
Schwab, W.C., Thieler, E.R., Denny, J.F., and Danforth, W.W., Seafloor sediment distribution off southern Long Island, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Electronic Open-File Report.
Shinn, E.A., Coral reefs and shoreline dipsticks: Chapter in AAPG book on Global Climate.
Williams, G.F., Thieler, E.R., Cross, V.A., Foster, D.S., Irwin, B.J., Nichols, D.R., O'Brien, T.F., and Polloni, C., Archive of sidescan-sonar collected off the North Carolina coast during USGS cruise ATSV99045 7-27 October 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-177, 25 CD-ROMs.
Winters, W.J., Dillon, W.P., Pecher, I.A., and Mason, D.H., GHASTI-Determining physical properties of sediment containing natural and laboratory-formed gas hydrate, in Max, M.D. (ed.), Natural Gas Hydrates in Oceanic and Polar Environments.
Yates, K.K., and Halley, R.B., Reef production in a shallow, turbid environment (abs.): 9th International Coral Reef Symposium, Bali, Indonesia, 23-27 October 2000.
in this issue:
Delmarva Inland Bays
Joint USGS/BRD/WRD Studies
Woods Hole Field Center
Marine Ecology Workshop
Southern California Academy of Sciences
July Publications List