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USGS Seismologist Lucy Jones to Receive Prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Released: 10/7/2015 4:51:34 PM
To honor groundbreaking earthquake research by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Dr. Lucile “Lucy” Jones, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will present Jones with the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) at an awards ceremony this evening at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

USGS Estimates 21 Million Barrels of Oil and 27 Billion Cubic Feet of Gas in the Monterey Formation of the San Joaquin Basin, California

Released: 10/6/2015 12:00:00 PM
The Monterey Formation in the deepest parts of California’s San Joaquin Basin contains an estimated mean volumes of 21 million barrels of oil, 27 billion cubic feet of gas, and 1 million barrels of natural gas liquids, according to the first USGS assessment of continuous (unconventional), technically recoverable resources in the Monterey Formation.

Atlantic Beaches Still Likely to be Affected by Hurricane Joaquin

Released: 10/2/2015 6:16:08 PM
As the path of Hurricane Joaquin continues to move farther offshore, making landfall in the U.S. less likely, U.S. Geological Survey coastal change experts say there’s still a high probability of dune erosion along parts of the Atlantic coast, from the North Carolina Outer Banks to Cape Cod.

Media Advisory: USGS Deploys Crews in Advance of Hurricane Joaquin in Virginia

Released: 10/1/2015 7:02:10 PM
USGS field crews will be out deploying storm tide sensors along the Virginia coast near Virginia Beach, along the Western Chesapeake Bay, and on the Eastern Shore ahead of Hurricane Joaquin.

Many Atolls May be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change

Released: 10/1/2015 4:30:00 PM
A new study shows that the combined effect of storm-induced wave-driven flooding and sea level rise on island atolls may be more severe and happen sooner than previous estimates of inundation predicted by passive “bathtub” modeling for low-lying atoll islands, and especially at higher sea levels forecasted for the future due to climate change.

Storms after Wildfire Lead to Impaired Water Quality

Released: 9/28/2015 12:41:19 PM
Water quality can be substantially diminished for several years after wildfire in response to relatively common local thunderstorms, according to a recent USGS study.

Declines and Slow Recovery in Little Brown Bat Populations Predicted

Released: 9/28/2015 12:30:00 PM
Populations of bats diminished by white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of hibernating bats, are unlikely to return to healthy levels in the near future, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Hepatitis B-like Virus Found in Great Lakes Fish Species

Released: 9/25/2015 9:06:21 AM
A hepatitis B-like virus has been found for the first time in fish. A team of USGS researchers found the virus in white sucker from the Great Lakes Region using gene-sequencing technologies.

El Niņo and La Niņa will Exacerbate Coastal Hazards Across Entire Pacific

Released: 9/21/2015 11:00:00 AM
The projected upsurge of severe El Niño and La Niña events will cause an increase in storm events leading to extreme coastal flooding and erosion in populated regions across the Pacific Ocean, according to a multi-agency study published today in Nature Geoscience.

Numbers Encouraging, but Shark Bites Still Problematic for Sea Otter Recovery

Released: 9/17/2015 4:16:14 PM
The recovery of southern sea otters appears to have taken an upturn, according to results from the annual California sea otter survey released by the U.S. Geological Survey today.

Media Advisory: USGS Deploys Crews to Site of Flash Flood

Released: 9/16/2015 3:18:53 PM
U.S. Geological Survey real-time monitoring captured flash flooding in southwest Utah that occurred as a result of intense thunderstorms with rainfall rates estimated as high as three inches per hour.

Predicting Pesticides in Streams and Rivers: Where is Water Quality at Risk?

Released: 9/16/2015 11:24:16 AM
A new interactive mapping tool provides predicted concentrations for 108 pesticides in streams and rivers across the Nation and identifies which streams are most likely to exceed water-quality guidelines for human health or aquatic life.

New Sunshine State Maps Add U.S. Forest Service Data

Released: 9/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
Recently released US Topo maps for Florida now feature more trails using data provided by the U.S. Forest Service as well as trail information from other federal, state and private sources.

100 Photos That Can Help Prevent Sickness, Save Lives

Released: 9/15/2015 8:27:00 AM
A series of 100 photos may reduce the risk of Native Americans and Alaska Natives being exposed to or consuming water or food containing harmful cyanobacteria.

Cumulative Effects of Wildfire Adversely Affect Greater Sage-Grouse in the Great Basin

Released: 9/10/2015 2:30:00 PM
Slowing fire-related population declines in greater sage-grouse in the Great Basin over the next 30 years may depend on the intensity of fire suppression efforts in core breeding areas and long-term patterns of precipitation, according to a just-published USGS-led study.

Megathrust Quake Faults Weaker and Less Stressed than Thought

Released: 9/10/2015 2:00:00 PM
Some of the inner workings of Earth’s subduction zones and their “megathrust” faults are revealed in a paper published today in the journal “Science.”


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