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September 11, 2001: Studying the Dust from the World Trade Center Collapse

Written on September 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm, by

On September 11, 2001, as the twin towers of the World Trade Center exploded and collapsed, clouds of dust billowed into the sky and across the city.

Elwha River: Rebirth of a River

Written on September 9, 2011 at 9:47 am, by

USGS is monitoring and analyzing river fish, waters and sediment before and after the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams.

Where Are Wildfires Burning?

Written on September 6, 2011 at 9:33 am, by

Fire managers and the public can access online maps of current wildfire
locations, thanks to a Web-based mapping application provided by the USGS
and its partners.

USGS Responds to Record Floods after Hurricane Irene

Written on August 26, 2011 at 10:34 am, by

Rivers and streams are reaching record levels as a result of Hurricane Irene’s rainfall, with more than 80 USGS streamgages measuring record peaks.

5.8 Earthquake in Virginia

Written on August 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm, by

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 01:51 PM a 5.8 Earthquake occurred 38 miles outside of Richmond, VA.

Hide and Seek

Written on August 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm, by

Secretive and rare stream-dwelling amphibians are difficult to find and study. Scientists at the US Geological Survey and University of Idaho have developed a way to detect free-floating DNA from amphibians in fast-moving stream water.

Contaminants in the Columbia River

Written on August 8, 2011 at 11:15 am, by

USGS scientists are working to characterize the contaminants and habitats for a number of aquatic species along the lower Columbia River.

Where is Drought Happening?

Written on August 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm, by

The effects of drought are felt throughout the United States and the world, and USGS science has a prominent role in understanding the causes and consequences of this hydrological phenomenon.

USGS Science Supports Famine Declaration in East Africa

Written on August 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm, by

In support of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, USGS scientists use satellite remote sensing to assess agricultural conditions that foretell famine.

Global Forests Absorb One-Third of Carbon Emissions Annually

Written on July 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm, by

Forests play a significant role in removing carbon from the atmosphere by absorbing one-third of carbon emissions annually. This is according to a new U.S. Forest Service study conducted in collaboration with USGS scientists.

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