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USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

Released: 4/17/2014 10:00:00 AM
Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users? The USGS has publicly available geospatial services and data to help you!

Elevated Levels of Mercury Found in Fish in Western U.S. National Parks

Released: 4/16/2014 11:40:15 AM
Mercury has been discovered in fish in some of the most remote national park lakes and streams in the western United States and Alaska. Mercury levels in some fish exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency health thresholds for potential impacts to fish, birds, and humans.

Lack of Vitamin B1 Killing Great Lakes Fish

Released: 4/16/2014 9:00:00 AM
Great Lakes fish in the salmon family that rely on the fish “alewife” as part of their diet face a major obstacle in restoring naturally reproducing populations, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the journal Fish and Shellfish Immunology.

Oyster Aquaculture Could Significantly Improve Potomac River Estuary Water Quality

Released: 4/9/2014 10:00:00 AM
Oyster aquaculture in the Potomac River estuary could result in significant improvements to water quality, according to a new NOAA and U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Aquatic Geochemistry.

Sea Otters Can Get the Flu, Too

Released: 4/8/2014 12:45:13 PM
Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus that caused the world-wide pandemic in 2009, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

Media Advisory: Congressional Briefing on Nutrients and Pesticides in the Nation's Rivers and Streams

Released: 4/8/2014 9:00:00 AM
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Northeast Midwest Institute invite you to a briefing by the USGS National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) on findings of trends in nutrients and pesticides in the Nation's streams and rivers.

A Few Winners, But Many More Losers

Released: 4/7/2014 11:00:00 AM
Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University.

Nation's Authoritative Land Cover Map New and Improved

Released: 4/7/2014 8:48:38 AM
Just released, the latest edition of the nation’s most comprehensive look at land-surface conditions from coast to coast shows the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas.

East Poplar Brine-Contaminated Groundwater Plumes Continue to Move

Released: 4/2/2014 11:00:00 AM
A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey describes the extent and movement of contamination in the East Poplar oil field area in northeastern Montana.

No Foolin' -- You Can Contribute to National Mapping

Released: 4/1/2014 9:00:00 AM
This April marks the one year anniversary of the USGS's The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) transition from a small regional pilot project in the heart of Denver, Colo., into a very successful nation-wide project.

Prior Great Earthquakes Unveiled at the Western Edge of the 1964 Alaska Rupture

Released: 3/27/2014 2:28:32 PM
Sitkinak Island, Alaska — Ever since the great magnitude 9.2 earthquake shook Alaska 50 years ago today, scientists have suspected that the quake's rupture halted at the southwestern tip of Kodiak Island due to a natural barrier. However, recent research suggests some large quakes can punch through these obstacles, and have done so in the past, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Scientists Study Effects of Water Released Across U.S.-Mexico Border

Released: 3/27/2014 1:00:00 PM
As a large pulse of water is being released into the former delta of the Colorado River along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Geological Survey scientists are studying the effects on the environment as part of a historic, bi-national collaborative effort.

New Utah Maps and Road Provider

Released: 3/25/2014 9:00:00 AM
Newly released US Topo maps for Utah now feature a new commercial road data provider. The latest highway, road and street data from HERE has been added to the 1,476 revised US Topo quadrangles for the state.

Post-Fire Stabilization Seedings Have Not Developed Into Sage-grouse Habitat

Released: 3/24/2014 9:34:33 AM
The practice of emergency post-fire seeding in sagebrush landscapes of the Great Basin, which was meant to stabilize soils, has not resulted in restored habitats that would be used by greater sage-grouse according to U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service researchers who published their results today in the journal Ecosphere.


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