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Earthquake Plot Thickens in Pacific Northwest

Released: 7/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
Nearly forgotten research from decades ago complicates the task of quantifying earthquake hazards in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new report from scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Washington, and other universities.

Nesting Gulf Sea Turtles Feed in Waters Filled With Threats

Released: 7/30/2014 2:29:57 PM
Nesting loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico feed among areas that were oiled by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and where human activities occur, several of which are known to pose threats to sea turtles, a new U.S Geological study showed.

Take a Trip to the Islands

Released: 7/30/2014 9:00:00 AM
Since August 2013, all 50 states have been available for editing with the USGS The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) volunteered geographic information project. Starting this month, TNMCorps is pleased to add the United States Virgin Islands to that list.

Streamflow Increasing in Eastern Missouri River Basin, Decreasing Elsewhere

Released: 7/28/2014 1:06:44 PM
Streamflow in the eastern portions of the Missouri River watershed has increased over the past 52 years, whereas other parts have seen downward trends.

Scientists Predict Massive Urban Growth, Creation of 'Megalopolis' in Southeast in Next 45 Years

Released: 7/28/2014 10:10:00 AM
Urban areas in the Southeastern United States will double in size by 2060 unless there are significant changes to land development, according to a new study by the Department of Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center and North Carolina State University.

Climate Change Could Alter Range of Caribou and May Impact Hunters' Access

Released: 7/24/2014 1:00:00 PM
Due to climate change, some communities in rural Alaska and the Yukon Territory of Canada may face a future with fewer caribou according to new research published by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in the recent issue of PLoS ONE.

Insecticides Similar to Nicotine Widespread in Midwest

Released: 7/24/2014 10:00:00 AM
Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study.

Media Advisory: USGS to Host Congressional Briefing: Safer Communities, Stronger Economies - in 3D

Released: 7/22/2014 1:00:00 PM
Outdated and inconsistent elevation data cost lives and hinder prosperity across our Nation. Current and accurate 3D elevation data are essential to help communities cope with natural hazards, support infrastructure, ensure agricultural success, strengthen environmental decision making and bolster national security.

What's the Deal with 3DEP?

Released: 7/17/2014 10:00:00 AM
The USGS, along with other federal, state, local and private agencies is establishing a new 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) designed to respond to the growing needs for three-dimensional mapping data of the United States. This coordinated partnership can help meet the country’s needs for high-quality, 3D elevation data.

USGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Water Resources Research Act

Released: 7/17/2014 7:00:00 AM
The U.S. Geological Survey joins its many partners in other federal agencies, at universities, and in state and local governments in recognizing the importance of the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964.

New Global Geologic Map of Mars

Released: 7/14/2014 11:00:00 AM
This new global geologic map of Mars depicts the most thorough representation of the “Red Planet’s” surface. This map provides a framework for continued scientific investigation of Mars as the long-range target for human space exploration.(High resolution image) A new global geologic map of Mars –the most thorough representation of the "Red Planet's" surface – has been published by the U.S. Geological Survey. This map provides a framework for continued scientific investigation of Mars as the long-range target for human space exploration.

Observing Polar Bears from Space

Released: 7/9/2014 3:19:35 PM
Scientists have started using satellites to observe, count and track polar bears. USGS scientists and their Canadian collaborators have begun analyzing high-resolution satellite images from a part of the Canadian High Arctic to determine the feasibility of using satellites to study polar bear populations.

USGS Release: Large Rivers in U.S. are Becoming Less Acidic

Released: 7/7/2014 8:26:53 AM
Several large rivers in the U.S. are less acidic now, due to decreasing acidic inputs, such as industrial waste, acid mine drainage, and atmospheric deposition.

Training International Volcano Scientists and Saving Lives Worldwide

Released: 7/2/2014 6:00:00 PM
Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in 11 countries are visiting the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory this week to learn techniques for monitoring active volcanoes.


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