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Media Advisory: USGS to Kick-Off International Polar Year
Released: 3/27/2007 2:05:41 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Beth Stettner 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-5928

Clarice Nassif Ransom 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4299

Reston, VA - From ice sheets in Antarctica to polar bears in the Arctic, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been researching glaciers, wildlife, geology, hydrology, and climate change in both polar regions. Now, in celebration of the International Polar Year (IPY), hear directly from scientists about what they will be studying over the next two years and how it will impact you.

Who: The U.S. Geological Survey
         National Center
         12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
         1st Floor/Dallas L. Peck Memorial Auditorium
         Reston, VA  20192

What: The USGS will kick-off International Polar Year with introductory remarks from Assistant Secretary for Water and Science for the U.S. Department of the Interior Mark Limbaugh and Director of the USGS Mark Myers. A panel of scientists will also brief attendees on their work in the polar regions.

When: Friday, March 30, 2007
          1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Why: USGS scientists will join researchers from more than 60 countries to conduct coordinated research and analysis in the Arctic and Antarctic during the IPY, which runs from March 2007-March 2009.

For more information on IPY and related USGS activities, visit the USGS IPY Web site at http://international.usgs.gov/ipy/default.shtml. USGS provides science for a changing world. For more information, visit http://www.usgs.gov/.

USGS provides science for a changing world. For more information, visit www.usgs.gov.

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