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California: Science (and Recreation) in your Backyard

I was doing a casual “walk” through my bookmarks this evening, and I revisited a useful link by those nice folks at USGS, the United States Geological Survey. Sure, I keep another link, for earthquake information, handy in my Safari bookmarks bar, but the link tonight is called Science In Your Backyard: California. For the heck of it, I substituted the two-letter abbreviation for a couple of other states into the URL, in place of “CA”, and indeed the USGS has “Science In Your Backyard” pages for the other states as well!

OK, so what is so cool about the page? There is a “News Releases” sections with such tempting morsels as “The Hayward Fault: America’s Most Dangerous?” There is another on the effects of the 2007 California wildfires on wildlife. There is another section on “Real-Time Information” with links on such topics as water data, flooding, droughts, volcanic activity, earthquake activity, and landslide activity. There is a third section called “Highlighted California Links” with links to such goodies as “Biological Resource Information” and “Recreational Information.” The latter link takes you to the “recreation.gov” site  for California. :-) No comment! :-) The page came up with the first 25 links of 494 recreation sites in California. The seach capabilities include searches by keyword/phrase, state, nearby landmark, agencies managing the area, and activities!

Pretty cool if you think about it…. For those of you in the U.S., this is “your tax dollars at work.” For those of you who do not pay U.S. taxes, this is your recreation resource for free!

Enjoy!

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo 

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