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Underground Coal Fires in New Mexico

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Underground coal fires can burn for years, and are a serious health and environmental hazard. There are four underground coal fires in northern New Mexico: two in close proximity to Gallup, one north of Farmington, and one south of Raton. The New Mexico Abandoned Mine Land Program (NMAMLP) has contracted several coal fire assessments to assist with the development of mitigation/extinguishment plans for these fires.

Deploying Autonomous Gliders and Data-logging Buoys to Strengthen Food Web Models

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Primary production estimates in different lake habitats are being used to parameterize food web models and illustrate how changes in nutrient loads may influence water clarity. Accurate estimates of primary production are crucial for this task, and USGS scientists and key partners are leading the way for Lake Ontario.