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Op-Ed: U.S. agency begins 'proof of concept' experiment on algae blooms

Provo - U.S. Geological Survey scientists spent last week studying how nutrients contribute to algae blooms in two major lakes in Utah. The study follows a massive algae bloom that closed Utah Lake a few weeks ago.

Earthquake shakes up California town but causes no evident damage

Upper Lake - Tuesday night's earthquake in Northern California might be described as a moving experience, at least for employees and patrons at a restaurant and bar on the shore of Clear Lake.

Researchers: Lakes, rivers flooded with artificial sweeteners

Brantford - Artificial sweeteners are found in many foods and beverages worldwide, but did you know that the fish are drinking them as well? In a 2012 study, Canadian researchers discovered artificial sweeteners could be found in lakes, rivers and oceans worldwide.

Playground and driveway sealer causes toxicity and damage to DNA

That black liquid that's sprayed on driveways and playgrounds to protect the asphalt underneath from damage may be doing a lot more than we think. If it has coal-tar in it, it is toxic, not only to aquatic life, but to humans.

Scientists convinced of tie between earthquakes and drilling

The evidence is coming in fast and furious, showing us that the U.S. drilling boom is responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes being felt around the country.

New study shows massive earthquake in Bay area 'imminent'

San Francisco - A new study of the San Andreas Fault system has scientists worried that a potentially devastating and deadly earthquake in parts of the Pacific Northwest is imminent.

4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Oklahoma rattling nerves

Arcadia - Oklahoma, that US state where, according to the song, "The wind comes sweeping down the plain," had more to worry about Saturday than breezy weather as it experienced a 4.5 magnitude earthquake.

New report: 8 hurt, 143 homes damaged in powerful Colombian quake

Pasto - Despite earlier reports to the contrary, an earthquake injured eight people and damaged 143 homes when it ripped through a broad swath of Colombia and Ecuador on Saturday morning.

6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico

The earthquake of 6.3 Richter scale magnitude struck nearby the town of Ometepec and could be felt as far away as Mexico City the country's capital.
 

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LANDSAT imagery show the comparison of idle fields in California from 2011 to 2015.
LANDSAT imagery show the comparison of idle fields in California from 2011 to 2015.
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