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USGS Releases First Comprehensive Digitized Geologic Map of Alaska

Geologic map of Alaska Scientific Investigations Map 3340 Compiled by: Frederic H. Wilson, Chad P. Hults, Charles G. Mull, and Susan M. Karl. DOI: 10.3133/sim3340

“This map and associated digital databases are the result of compilation and interpretation of published and unpublished 1:250,000-scale and limited 1:500,000- to 1:63,360-scale maps. Covering the entire state of Alaska, it reflects more than a century of work by a host of geologists and almost two decades of compilation work. There are two versions of the map: a detailed digital version, and a simplified, “generalized” map for print. The map units described in the accompanying pamphlet reflect those of the detailed digital map. At the end of each unit description, the generalized map unit for that unit is listed. Compilation of this map began in September 1996, using available 1:250,000-scale data to compile and release a regional map of central Alaska (Wilson and others, 1998). An ongoing iterative process was used to describe and correlate individual geologic units to produce the units for this statewide map and its interim products—a series of regional geologic map compilations—which were released as the process continued (in the references cited in the pamphlet that are shown with an *). As additional geologic data were acquired, previously released data, correlations, and interpretations were updated as needed. Compilation of this map was complex, because the original source maps were made by different generations of geologists, mapping with very different ideas. Several of the older maps were completed before the concepts of accreted (suspect) terranes or even plate tectonics existed. On the other hand, some of the more recent maps were so governed by terrane analysis that conventional stratigraphic nomenclature was not used or is obscured. We adopted a traditional stratigraphic approach and avoided use of the sometimes controversial and commonly inconsistently defined or applied terrane terminology…”

Baltimore City Paper team details 344 murder victims in 2015

The Year in Homidices – Written and compiled by Edward Ericson Jr., Kenneth Stone Breckenridge,  Rebekah Kirkman, and Brandon Soderberg – The following was written by Karen Houppert, City Paper editor:  “People are killing people in the streets of Baltimore, nearly every day. In 2015, there were 344 homicides—most of them young black men. If… Continue Reading

NYPL Enhances Public Domain With Free Digital Collections For Sharing and Reuse

New York Public Library: “[January 5, 2016]…”we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!  The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a… Continue Reading

Gallup Poll – Americans divided on major concerns impacting election

Government Named Top U.S. Problem for Second Straight Year – “Americans were most likely to mention some aspect of the federal government in 2015 when asked to name the country’s top problem, but this category still averaged less than 20% of all responses during the year. Even when mentions of terrorism, immigration and gun laws… Continue Reading

Minutes of Federal Open Market Committee, December 15-16, 2015

Released January 6, 2016: “The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on December 15-16, 2015. A summary of economic projections made by Federal Reserve Board members and Reserve Bank presidents for the meeting is also included as an addendum to these… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Amtrak, SBA, DOD and VA Health Care

Amtrak: Better Reporting, Planning, and Improved Financial Information Could Enhance Decision Making, GAO-16-67: Published: Jan 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2016. Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges, GAO-16-134T: Published: Jan 6, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 2016. DOD and VA Health Care: Actions Needed to Help Ensure Appropriate Medication Continuation… Continue Reading

EPA Releases First of Four Preliminary Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

EPA news release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA’s assessment, prepared in collaboration with California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops… Continue Reading

Atlantic investigates federal government as majority landowner in some states

Via Andrew McGill, a senior associate editor at The Atlantic: “But out west, the government lays claim to huge, state-sized swaths of land—more than 630 million acres, greater than the landmass of Texas, California, Florida and New York combined. In some states, government agencies are the biggest landowner; in Nevada, 80 percent of land is… Continue Reading