Science picks leads, feeds and story seeds (October 2002 edition)

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet - A two-mile wide meteorite traveling 60 times faster than a fired bullet crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 35 million years ago, causing the sixth largest known impact crater on Earth. Hidden beneath the Chesapeake Bay, the impact crater is thousands of feet deep and more than 53 miles in diameter. USGS, in cooperation with Prince William County (Va.) Public Schools, will host a live electronic field trip to the Chesapeake Bay impact crater as a satellite-television broadcast for students on October 9. USGS and other scientists will discuss their investigations of the Chesapeake Bay impact crater and how this 35-million-year-old crater affects thousands of people living in southeastern Virginia today. Demonstrations of a drilling rig, seismic surveys, and evidence of shocked quartz, tektites, and fossils will also be featured. For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater and electronic field trip, visit http://www.usgs.gov/features/bolide.html. Heather Friesen (hfriesen@usgs.gov) 703-648-4460

World Disaster Reduction Day October 9 is World Disaster Day, aimed at learning more about the effects of natural hazards on lives, property, and the environment. Check out www.usgs.gov and learn more about natural hazards. A message from the USGS Director is available online to use as op-ed material: http://www.usgs.gov/features/wdd100302.html. Kathleen Gohn (kgohn@usgs.gov) 703-648-4460

West Nile Virus Heads South for the Winter Birds migrating south for the winter may be taking the West Nile Virus with them--enabling this deadly virus to establish a year-round presence in warmer climates. Scientists from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center said that in coming weeks, many birds will be moving to

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