The 10th USGS Open House
was a smashing success! Science enthusiasts from the Bay Area and beyond converged on the USGS Menlo Park campus on May 19 and May 20 to sample the wide variety of scientific research that USGS provides to the Nation.
Some of the most popular displays included a liquid nitrogen demonstration table and the "flour volcano" demos explaining the formation of eruptions and calderas.
USGS Western Ecological Research Center staff were on hand as well, with scientist Laura Valoppi
explaining the research and planning process of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
. Meanwhile, biologist Joe Tomoleoni
and colleagues from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and UC Santa Cruz taught the public the important roles that sea otters
play in marine ecological studies.
Check out some of the tweets from Open House attendees:
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Check out the photos from the Open House:
A USGS hydrologists teaches kids how to measure stream flow.
WERC biologist Joe Tomoleoni explains the sea otter's feeding behavior.
WERC scientist Laura Valoppi points to the USGS research happening throughout the South Bay.
Sequoia the bald eagle made a visit from the San Francisco Zoo.
USGS geologist Luke Blair shakes up the East Bay.
Welcome to the USGS Open House!
Laura Valoppi at the USGS Presentation Theatre, following a showing of Wetland Revival.
The USGS "green screen" team put families in the field... and in space.
Michelle Staedler and her crew from the Monterey Bay Aquarium also hosted the sea otter research table.
What could eclipse all this science fun at the 10th USGS Open House? Um, a solar eclipse, I suppose...
-- Ben Young Landis