USGS: Science for
a Changing World


This on-line edition contains all text from the original book in its entirety. Some figures have been modified to enhance legibility at screen resolutions.

Unless otherwise credited, all photographs are by the authors.

The printed version of this publication is one of a series of general interest publications prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey to provide information about the earth sciences, natural resources, and the environment. To obtain a catalog of additional titles in the series General Interest Publications of the U.S. Geological Survey, contact:

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Denver, CO 80225
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The print version of this book can also be obtained from:

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Superintendent of Documents
Mail Stop SSOP
Washington, DC 20402-9328

As the Nation's principal conservation agency, the Department of the Interior has responsibility for most of our nationally owned public lands and natural and cultural resources. This includes fostering sound use of our land and water resources; protecting our fish, wildlife, and biological diversity;preserving the environmental and cultural values of our national parks and historical places; and providing for the enjoyment of life through outdoor recreation. The Department assesses our energy and mineral resources and works to ensure that their development is in the best interests of all our people by encouraging stewardship and citizen participation in their care. The Department also has a major responsibility for American Indian reservation communities and for people who live in Island Territories under U.S. Administration.

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