Do you have an ocean view?

More than half of our Nation's population lives within 50 miles of the coast, along productive estuaries and extensive coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico, the extensive Alaska coastline, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and the Caribbean Sea. USGS works with many and varied partners to ensure that our Nation has the information it needs to understand, restore and protect healthy coastal and ocean resources and the communities who depend on them.

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Oceans FAQs

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Welcome to USGS iCoast!

Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure

Follow us on twitter @USGSCoastChange

Do you have any old maps?

Yes we do. Historic maps are snapshots of the nation's physical and cultural features at a particular time. In 2011, USGS released high-resolution scans of more than 178,000 historical topographic maps of the United States. GeoPDF® versions of our historic map collection can be downloaded free of charge at The USGS Store, The National Map Viewer, or Geonames, a text query application.


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Historical Topographic Maps FAQs

Historical Maps Go Digital

Find A Map!

The National Map

USGS Library-Special Collections

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

Yes indeed! The USGS maintains many different photo collections  for your use.  All of our images are in the public domain and can be freely used without permission. All we ask is that you acknowledge the USGS as the source. See our Copyrights and Credits statement for more information.

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Publications and Photographs FAQs

Multimedia Gallery

USGS on flickr

Avian flu, that’s for the birds!

But, not only the birds: A study by the U.S. Geological Survey and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, shows that the avian influenza H3N8 strain that infected New England harbor seals could be transmitted to other mammals through the air without physical contact.

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Avian Influenza FAQs

Avian Influenza Map

National wildlife Health Center

NWHC: Education and Outreach

Did you get wind of the geomagnetic storm?

A geomagnetic storm is a temporary disturbance of the Earth's magnetosphere caused by a solar wind shock wave and/or cloud of charged particles,​which interacts with the Earth's magnetic field.  Space weather phenomena associated with,​ or caused by geomagnetic storms​ include: Solar Energetic Particle (SEP) events, geomagnetically induced current (GIC), ionospheric disturbances, and auroral displays at much lower latitudes than normal.

Learn More:

Geomagnetism FAQs

Introduction to Geomag

Real-Time Geomagnetic Conditions

USGS and Its Role in Space Weather Monitoring

USGS Observatories

Space Weather Applications

Monitoring the Earth's Dynamic Magnetic Field