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US Topo Maps Reach Milestone

Released: 11/19/2015 9:30:00 AM
With the release of new US Topo maps for Illinois and South Dakota, the USGS has completed the second, three-year cycle of revising and updating electronic US Topo quadrangles. This means that since late 2009, the USGS has published nearly every map in the conterminous U.S., twice.

Everglades' Alligator Numbers Drop after Dry Years

Released: 10/28/2015 8:04:58 AM
Alligators and the Everglades go hand-in-hand, and as water conditions change in the greater Everglades ecosystem, gators are one of the key species that could be affected.

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.

USGS Names New Director of St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Released: 6/30/2015 1:00:11 PM
Cheryl J. Hapke begins work this week as the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.

Past Water Patterns Drive Present Wading Bird Numbers

Released: 6/24/2015 2:59:05 PM
Wading bird numbers in the Florida Everglades are driven by water patterns that play out over multiple years according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Florida Atlantic University.

Burmese Python Habitat Use Patterns May Help Control Efforts

Released: 4/28/2015 9:00:00 AM
The largest and longest Burmese Python tracking study of its kind -- here or in its native range -- is providing researchers and resource managers new information that may help target control efforts of this invasive snake, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS Issues Revised Framework for Hydrogeology of Floridan Aquifer

Released: 4/21/2015 9:58:48 AM
USGS scientists have updated the hydrogeologic framework for the Floridan aquifer system that underlies Florida and parts of Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Many Dry Tortugas Loggerheads Actually Bahamas Residents

Released: 4/16/2015 10:05:00 AM
Many loggerhead sea turtles that nest in Dry Tortugas National Park head to rich feeding sites in the Bahamas after nesting, a discovery that may help those working to protect this threatened species.

Genetics Provides New Clues about Lionfish Invasion

Released: 4/16/2015 10:00:00 AM
New genetic data suggest the red lionfish invasion in the Caribbean Basin and Western Atlantic started in multiple locations, not just one as previously believed, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

Released: 4/10/2015 2:15:00 PM
Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes according to newly reported research.

Científicos ponen a prueba los teléfonos móviles inteligentes para la advertencia de terremotos

Released: 4/10/2015 2:00:00 PM
Los teléfonos móviles y otros dispositivos electrónicos personales podrían ayudar en las regiones donde se encuentran en uso generalizado, y pueden funcionar como sistemas de alerta para terremotos mayor según la nueva investigación científica recien publicada.

Southeast Ecological Science Center to Merge

Released: 3/25/2015 12:00:00 PM
The U.S. Geological Survey’s Southeast Ecological Science Center in Gainesville and the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, Louisiana will merge under the same leadership effective October 1, 2015.

New Study Sheds Light on Mammal Declines in Everglades National Park

Released: 3/20/2015 4:10:08 PM
Nearly 80 percent of radio-tracked marsh rabbits that died in Everglades National Park in a recent study were eaten by Burmese pythons, according to a new publication by University of Florida and U.S. Geological Survey researchers.

Lake Okeechobee Seepage Barrier May Have Changed Salinity in Portions of Aquifer

Released: 2/24/2015 10:00:00 AM
LAKE OKEECHOBEE, Fla.– The first section of a seepage barrier designed to prevent catastrophic failure of the 143-mile Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, Florida may have unintentionally caused changes in the salinity of portions of the shallow aquifer near the lake, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.


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