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Date:12/12/2008

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American Geophysical Union Conference: Climate Change, Floods, Volcanoes, Ground Water and More!
USGS scientists will discuss climate change, floods, northern forests, soils, coral reefs, earthquakes, volcanoes, methylmercury, ground water, and more at the annual American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, Calif., from December 15󈝿. Press conferences scheduled at the conference include USGS science for the revitalization of Afghanistan and the release of a new U.S. Climate Change Science Program report on Abrupt Climate Change. USGS scientists are also leading a day-long field trip for journalists and reporters around the San Francisco Bay area to investigate the varied instrumentation used to measure movement of the Earth's crust. For more information on USGS presentations at the conference, you can view our tip sheet at http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom or contact Leslie Gordon at 650-329-4006 or lgordon@usgs.gov. For meeting information, visit http://www.agu.org/meetings/fm08/.

A Kiss is Just a Kiss Mistletoe is So Much More
This Christmas when you pucker up under the mistletoe, consider this: while festive and fun, mistletoe also provides essential food, cover and nesting sites for an amazing number of birds, butterflies and mammals in the United States. There are more than 1300 types of mistletoe around the world, and more than 20 of them are endangered. But don't be fooled; mistletoe can be downright deceiving, as one USGS scientist learned on a recent collaborative expedition to quantify perennial plant diversity in Baja Norte and Baja Sur, Mexico, where he first encountered a "tree with two kinds of flowers." To find out more, check out "Not Just for Kissing: Mistletoe and Birds, Bees, and Other Beasts" at

Contact: Jessica Robertson
jrobertson@usgs.gov
703-648-6624
United States Geological Survey
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