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Date:10/5/2009

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Country Roads, Take Me Online!

You don't have to live near Shenandoah National Park to experience the beautiful fall foliage this year. The USGS and the National Park Service have set up a panoramic camera in the park, and you can see its scenic images online in real time! The camera is part of a project aimed at detecting evidence of climate change by tracking when leaves fall off and appear on trees . See images through the camera's lens and learn about this climate science investigation online at the USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center site at http://egsc.usgs.gov/shenandoah.html. You can also see slide shows of daily leaf and sky changes over time. For more information, contact John Jones at jwjones@usgs.gov or (703) 648-5543.

Hunting for Climate Clues in Lake Champlain

About 15,000 years ago a vast ice sheet covered the Champlain Valley of New York and Vermont. As Earth's climate warmed, the ice sheet melted, and the Lake Champlain region was covered by glacial Lake Vermont and later the Champlain Sea. Scientists are piecing together what happened during these large changes to help understand future climate change. Research is being done by the USGS, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY New Paltz and Binghamton University. Findings may help understand what happens to ocean circulation and climate when freshwater from melting ice and glacial lakes suddenly enters the North Atlantic Ocean. These researchers look for clues by drilling into sediments deposited in Lake Vermont and the Champlain Sea. These samples contain small plant and animal microfossils that pr
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Contact: Kara Capelli
kcapelli@usgs.gov
703-648-5086
United States Geological Survey
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