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The Ocean

The ocean holds great cultural and economic value and hosts numerous ecosystems that support life on Earth and produce valuable resources. USGS science focuses on improved understanding of many aspects of our world’s interconnected oceanic system, from the continental shelf to the deep sea. 

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Ocean 101

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Ocean and Climate

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Marine Geohazards

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Mapping the Seafloor

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Ocean Discovery

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Marine Minerals and Offshore Energy

USGS Scientific Research Results

One of our primary functions is to provide quality scientific information to the public through our various products.

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Data

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Publications

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Web Tools

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Software

Maps

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Map Releases

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Topographic (Topo) Maps

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Volcanic Maps

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All USGS Maps

Videos and Imagery

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Audio

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Before and After Images

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Images

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Slideshows

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Stereograms

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Videos

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Webcams

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All Multimedia

Real-time Data Information

Providing real-time or near real-time data and information on current conditions and earth observations.

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Earthquakes

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Landsat

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National Water Dashboard

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Volcanoes

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Landslides

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Geomagnetism

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Harmful Algal Blooms

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Wildland Fire

Science for a Changing World

We monitor, assess, and conduct targeted science research so that policy makers and the public have the understanding they need to enhance preparedness, response, and resilience.

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Mission Areas

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Programs

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Interior Regions

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Science Centers

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Observatories

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Laboratories

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Science Support Offices

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Locations

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Key Officials