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New Film -- Lake of the Sky: USGS Tahoe Basin Science
Released: 8/15/2011 3:14:32 PM

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MENLO PARK, Calif. — On Aug. 16, the USGS will debut a new film, “Lake of the Sky: USGS Tahoe Basin Science,” on scientific research in the Lake Tahoe Basin at the 15th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit "Stewardship and Sustainability in Challenging Fiscal Times" sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein, at Homewood Mountain Ski Resort in California. 

The twelve-minute movie by USGS Video Producer Stephen M. Wessells features USGS science activities beginning in 1895 and continues through research being conducted today by hydrologists, geologists, geographers, computer modelers, and biologists. 

The video showcases a broad range of USGS science, including water quality monitoring, streamgaging, Lake Tahoe bathymetry, aerial LIDAR, historic use of aerial photography, and the Tahoe Land Use Simulation Model. This wide range of consistent, reliable, long-term data and maps are crucial for evaluating and maintaining the ecosystem health of the lake and basin.

This nontechnical, educational film is available on the USGS YouTube site as well as on various video sharing websites.  

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