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n genetics and systematics. A grand opening ceremony and open house on June 13 at the University of Denver will feature the science and capabilities of the facility. Heidi Koontz, hkoontz@usgs.gov, 303-202-4763.

What Planet Are They From? - The USGS works with NASA and others to map the planets and their moons and to plan and conduct planetary exploration missions. In the process, USGS has produced an amazing collection of images, maps, and animations that are just out of this world! Check it out at http://astrogeology.usgs.gov. A.B. Wade, abwade@usgs.gov, 703-648-4460.


Independence Found in Many Places - Theres always a story in geographic names. Just pick a holiday, a topic, or an historical figure to learn how a placename is scattered across the landscape. For example, there are 528 features named Independence on USGS topographic maps the source for the Geographic Names Information System. Missouri has the most occurrences of the name Independence (53), Illinois (43), California (37), Ohio (30) and Colorado (27). To get this information you can query a search engine at http://geography.usgs.gov. Click on Geographic Names under Products, look under Query the GNIS Online Data Bases for United States and Territories. Include variant names to get historical features. You can even find out which watershed the feature is in. And, of course, the database shows the latitude and longitude on the USGS topo map after all we do maps and geography at USGS as well as the earth and natural sciences. There are also 51 instances where Independence is the name of a mine looks like a lot of folks hoped that sinking that mine would bring them their own independence Gail Wendt, gwendt@usgs.gov, 703-648-5604.

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