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USGS Assists in Latest JASON Expedition—Louisiana's Disappearing Coastal Wetlands

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Educating teachers and middle-school students across the Nation and worldwide about how Earth systems operate, and stressing the importance of science in understanding these complex systems, has been the central mission of the JASON Foundation for Education. One way the foundation accomplishes its mission is by administering the JASON Project, which offers students real and virtual field expeditions to various geologic features: ocean regions, polar areas, active volcanoes, and tropical rainforests. The latest expedition planned by the JASON Project will take students on a journey to the Louisiana Delta plain and wetlands to help them learn about the region's geologic history, structure, and processes and the reasons for the rapid changes taking place.

JASON called on U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist S. Jeffress Williams, of the USGS Woods Hole Science Center, to assist in planning and designing the Louisiana expedition. A coastal marine geologist with more than 15 years of coastal research experience in Louisiana, Jeff will serve as the science context expert for the team of writers for the JASON Expedition "Disappearing Wetlands." The planning process started with a workshop and planning meeting on March 13-15, 2004, where Jeff presented a talk entitled "Overview of Life, Earth, and Physical Science of the Louisiana Wetlands." The talk was based on research by Jeff and others, much of which is reported in the new USGS publication "Coastal Erosion and Wetland Change in Louisiana: Selected USGS Products" (USGS Digital Data Series-79).

Look for this latest expedition offering to schools in the near future.

Related Sound Waves Stories
Two USGS Coastal Scientists Named to Louisiana Coastal-Restoration Advisory Board
Dec. 2002 / Jan. 2003

Related Web Sites
JASON Web site
JASON Foundation for Education
Coastal Erosion and Wetland Change in Louisiana: Selected USGS Products - USGS Digital Data Series-79
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