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We provide reliable scientific information about the earth and its resources from an international perspective. This Office supports US foreign policy and national security; provides a basis for science diplomacy, improves the scientific basis for managing ecosystems and natural resources, and promotes the competitiveness of our private sector.

The U.S. Geological Survey Office of International Programs is dedicated to high quality, timely, scientific study that is international in scope and that focuses on the USGS Science Strategy's goals. 

As one of the world’s premier science agencies, the USGS has long recognized the mutual benefits resulting from interaction with scientific partners abroad and extending research and investigations to other countries. Much can be learned about fundamental principles of science and applications of science and technology by looking at global perspectives. In fact the strategic science themes  of USGS are inherently global in nature and need international collaboration in order to make scientific progress.

The work of the USGS Office of International Programs provides significant benefits to the nation. By providing reliable scientific information about the earth and its resources from an international perspective, the Office supports US foreign policy and national security; provides a basis for science diplomacy, improves the scientific basis for managing ecosystems and natural resources, and promotes the competitiveness of the USGS private sector. For more about the benefits provided by the USGS Office of International Programs, click here to go to information on how USGS accomplishes the international mission.

News

Date published: November 4, 2014

USGS and Canada Reach Confluence in Monitoring Streamflow

In a joint effort, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Water Survey of Canada (WSC) have produced the North America WaterWatch (NAWW), an online website that displays streamflow conditions throughout much of North America. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2015

Assessment of bauxite, clay, and laterite deposits in Afghanistan

Bauxite-bearing rocks are present in several regions of Afghanistan; specifically, the southeast segment of the North Afghanistan Platform, the eastern parts of South Afghanistan, and within the Afghanistan-North and -South Pamir Fold Regions. Bauxite-bearing rocks occur at various stratigraphic levels, in lithologically different sequences of...

Renaud, Karine M.; Wardlaw, Bruce R.; Hubbard, Bernard E.
Renaud, K.M., Wardlaw, B.R., and Hubbard, B.E., 2015, Assessment of bauxite, clay, and laterite deposits in Afghanistan: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1210, 40 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141210.

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Year Published: 2014

Geologic map of the Ahankashan-Rakhna basin, Badghis, Ghor, and Herat Provinces, Afghanistan, modified from the 1974 original map compilation of Y.I. Shcherbina and others

This geologic map of the Ahankashan-Rakhna basin, Afghanistan, is a redrafted and modified version of the Geological map of the area of Ahankashan-Rakhna basin, scale 1:50,000 and Geological map of the Ahankashan area with data on mineral resources, scale 1:12,000 from Shcherbina and others (1974) (Soviet report no. 0822). That...

Tucker, Robert D.; Stettner, Will R.; Masonic, Linda M.; Bogdanow, Anya K.
Tucker, R.D., Stettner, W.R., Masonic, L.M., and Bogdanow, A.K., comps., 2014, Geologic map of the Ahankashan-Rakhna basin, Badghis, Ghor, and Herat Provinces, Afghanistan, modified from the 1974 original map compilation of Y.I. Shcherbina and others: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1199, 1 sheet, scale 1:50,000 and 1:12,000, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141199.

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Year Published: 2014

Groundwater levels in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, 2004-2013

The Afghanistan Geological Survey, with technical assistance from the U.S. Geological Survey, established a network of wells to measure and monitor groundwater levels to assess seasonal, areal, and potentially climatic variations in groundwater characteristics in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, the most populous region in the country. Groundwater...

Taher, Mohammad R.; Chornack, Michael P.; Mack, Thomas J.
Groundwater levels in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan, 2004-2013; 2014; OFR; 2013-1296; Taher, Mohammad, R.; Chornack, Michael P.; Mack, Thomas J.