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Date:10/5/2009

izen scientist opportunities can be found at earthquake.usgs.gov. For more information contact Clarice Ransom at cransom@usgs.gov or (703) 648-4299.

DOI Prepared to Address Climate Change

To address the unprecedented scope of climate change effects on our nation, the Department of the Interior launched its first-ever coordinated climate change strategy. This secretarial order establishes a framework through which all DOI bureaus will come together in science as well as resources management strategies. DOI manages one-fifth of our nation's landmass and 1.7 billion acres on the Outer Continental Shelf, helping address impacts to America's land, water, ocean, fish, wildlife and cultural resources. A new Climate Change Response Council was established to oversee the DOI Carbon Storage Project as well as the DOI Carbon Footprint Project, through which DOI has committed to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions. Eight DOI regional response centers were also created to educate communities and put management strategies into action. A network of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives will engage DOI and federal agencies, local and state partners, and the public. To view the order, visit http://www.doi.gov/climatechange/. For more information, contact Jessica Robertson at jrobertson@usgs.gov or (703) 648-6624.

Water is Out of This World

A moon vacation resort may be possible yet! The moon, long rendered dry and barren, has been shown by new research to hold water at all latitudes. USGS scientists used spectral images obtained from two spacecraft to make this discovery. They found both water and hydroxyl, a molecule consisting of hydrogen and oxygen. Scientists have long predicted the presence of moon ice, but were surprised to see water in direct sunlight. Continuing researching on moon water will look
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