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: September 2011
  • USGS Flew High-Altitude Hyperspectral Imagers to Map Afghanistan's Minerals

    Hyperspectral Hypercoverage

    In research released September 29, 2011, USGS announced that it had mapped more than 96 percent ofAfghanistanwith hyperspectral imaging (also referred to as imaging spectroscopy data). That’s more than any other country in the world, including the U.S. Using a WB-57 aircraft as well as ground-based tools, USGS scientists directed a campaign to collect andContinue Reading

  • Collage of minerals and what can be created using minerals.

    October Public Lecture: We Can’t Live Without Them

    Join us on October 5th to learn more about the minerals we use on a daily basis, where these resources come from, and the steps involved from mineral discovery to mineral use.

  • This image shows USGS scientists working with students and members of tribal nations to plant seeds on the sand dunes in the southwest as a means to help facilitate plant growth and dune stabilization. The USGS is studying conditions in this area and helping decisionmakers identify strategies to maintain sand dune stability and enhance the area's ecology. You can find out more about the USGS project at

    Climate Change Impacts to Tribal Communities

      Climate Change Impacts to Tribal Communities The USGS is working with Native American communities and organizations to understand climate change impacts to their land and neighborhoods. Projects include interviews with indigenous Alaskans to understand their personal observations of climate change, as well as studying how climate change is impacting sand dunes and posing risksContinue Reading

  • view of the Shenandoah Valley from a USGS camera placed on Stony Man Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park to record forest leaf color and condition through time.

    How Will Climate Change Impact Leaf Fall?

    As climate changes, it affects the timing of when leaves emerge, the amount of foliage that grows as well as the timeframe when leaves begin to fall.

  • Mountains towering above the mouth of the Copper River from the coastal Gulf of Alaska.

    Are Melting Glaciers Disturbing Alaska’s Ecosystems?

    How will accelerated glacial melting over the next 50 years as a result of climate change affect the unique Gulf of Alaska and Copper River coastal ecosystems? USGS scientists are studying these processes and impacts.

  • Photograph of a ranch in the Green River valley in the Rocky Mountains of western Wyoming.

    Can We Move Carbon from the Atmosphere and into Rocks and Plants?

    USGS scientists are assessing the potential to remove CO2 from the atmosphere for storage in other Earth systems through a process called carbon sequestration.

  • Long-Tail Duck with Antenna


    The U.S. Geological Survey research looked at one of the world’s largest populations of long-tail ducks and found that hundreds of thousands of these elusive birds engage in a bizarre 30-50 mile morning commute from Nantucket Sound to the Atlantic Ocean, returning each evening.

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