For over 120 years, USGS has studied and mapped the National Capital region revealing a rich and diverse geologic past. Join us July 6 in Reston, Va., and learn the story of the formation and destruction of continents and oceans, the eruption of ancient volcanoes, climatic and sea level changes, as well as the hazards of modern landslides, earthquakes and karst.
USGS helps to build a Nation’s scientific capacity . Read more
What is “fracking”? And, can earthquakes be predicted? Ask USGS! Read more
Game of Thrones is one big earth science lesson!
USGS scientists study the environmental, cultural, and social effects of uranium mining in the Grand Canyon region. Read more
Learn about the minerals in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Monument. Read more
What’s the story on the coal in your stocking and the “elements” of the holidays? Read more
Cheers! It’s Oktoberfest! Let’s drink up some knowledge! Read more
The vivid colors in fireworks come from minerals you likely use every day. Read more
On March 3, the U.S. Geological Survey marks 135 years of science for America. Read more
The Olympics is the world’s premier athletic competition but also a tribute to Earth science. Read more
Learn what it takes to be critical and strategic to the Nation. Read more
Research in a remote valley yields faster, more cost-effective ways to identify sustainable energy resources. Read more
How Rare Earths and Other Critical Minerals May Be Abundant, Yet Unrecognized, in Mine Wastes. Read more
Learn about how fireworks get their brilliant colors and stunning effects. Read more
The USGS is ready to address some of society’s most critical issues for years to come. Read more
On March 3, the U.S. Geological Survey turned 134. Established by Congress in 1879 and built on a legacy of impartial science, the bureau faces unusual challenges in the near term.
Washington, D.C., is a unique city full of landmarks and buildings that are recognizable worldwide. But how were these stone giants built? Read more
While Curiosity investigates the Red Planet, USGS expertise will help protect the rover from hazards and analyze the data it transmits to Earth. Read more
These 3 young scientists have forged ahead with innovative research at the frontiers of science. Learn more
Maximizing alternative energy’s potential – how science can help grow the nation’s energy portfolio. Read more
Please comment on the USGS’ draft science strategies! Read more
Minerals are elementary to your everyday life, come find out how! Read more
Science or Soundbite? Is the recent increase in midcontinent earthquakes natural or man-made? Find out here.
The proposed USGS budget reflects research priorities to respond to nationally relevant issues, including water quantity and quality, ecosystem restoration, hydraulic fracturing, natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, and support for the National Ocean Policy, and has a large R&D component.
It’s not just the U.S. military working to bring a better future to Afghanistan. How the USGS is helping
As the team of responders struggled to end the worst oil spill in our Nation’s history, USGS scientist Paul Hsieh provided the critical scientific information needed to make a crucial decision.
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.
Now that field work has wrapped up at the Ice Age "Snowmastodon" fossil site near Snowmass Village, Colo., USGS and other scientists will begin work on unraveling the climate and environmental history of the area.
Soluble rock layers called “Karst” exist throughout the nation. While Karst aquifers produce half the nation’s drinking water, rock layers underneath karst dissolve easily sometimes creating sinkholes that threaten life and property. Join us May 4th to learn more about this unseen world beneath our feet.
Early maps of America, documents establishing the provenance of the Hope Diamond and documentation of explorations of the American West-- Join us in discovering the many treasures of the USGS Library.
Please answer questions about USGS Energy & Minerals science.
Demand for alternative energy sources leads scientists to consider microbes as potential sources of power.
Looking for information on natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and more? The USGS Education site provides great resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, K-12 education, and university-level inquiry and research.
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